Dartmouth Big Green (2-10-0) vs.
Vermont Catamounts (7-7-4)
Wednesday, Dec. 11 - 7 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
The Dartmouth women’s hockey returns home to Thompson Arena this Wednesday evening (Dec. 11) hosting regional rival Vermont at 7 p.m. The contest is the second of four straight versus Hockey East opponents for the Big Green. The team from the Upper Valley has won 34 consecutive tilts versus the Catamounts, including 11 in a row under head coach Mark Hudak.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth fell to New Hampshire, 2-1, at the Whittemore Center. For the seventh time in 11 games the Green opened the scoring as Lindsey Allen potted her sixth tally of the season on the power play nine minutes into the first period. Allen’s man-up marker was her third of the year with Morgan Illikainen and Laura Stacey picking up assists. After missing the last three contests, Stacey played well in her return registering a point and a team-best four shots on goal. The Wildcats rallied, scoring a goal in both the second and third periods to top their in-state rival.
Dartmouth skated to a 4-2 victory against their regional rival inside Gutterson Fieldhouse a year ago. Three of the four Big Green goal scorers in the contest were freshmen as Laura Stacey, Lindsey Allen and Ailish Forfar each found the back of the net. Odland added a marker as well and Lindsay Holdcroft turned aside 22 shots to earn the victory.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS
Vermont enters the Upper Valley with a 7-7-4 record. On Wedneday evening, the Catamounts will be playing their first game in 10 days. Last time out, UVM traveled to Colgate and tied both tilts, 2-2, in a weekend series. Against ECAC Hockey teams this year, Vermont is 2-0-2, having topped Brown and Rensselaer on the road. Away from home in 2013-14, the Catamounts are 6-4-2 and riding a five-game unbeaten streak. Offensively, junior Amanda Pelker leads the team in goals (12) and points (21), while classmate Brittany Zuback has a team-high 13 assists. Zuback’s seven goals are also tied for second on the team with Dayna Colang. Between the pipes, Roxanne Douville and Madison Litchfield have split time this season. Douville has appeared in 13 games, earning a 4-4-3 record with a save percentage of .913 and a goals-against average of 2.85. Litchfield has a mark of 3-3-1 with an .862 save percentage and a 3.76 goals-against average.
ON THE BRINK
Check out the Women's Hockey Program as the Big Green face
The Big Green are approaching some milestones as Hudak has 198 wins and counting as the team’s head coach. Lindsay Holdcroft has 49 career triumphs in net for Dartmouth and is looking to become the fifth goaltender in program history to earn 50 victories. Holdcroft has made her mark on the program, ranking in the top-five all-time in saves, save percentage, games, goals-against average and wins.
Dartmouth will take a month-long hiatus from conference play through mid-December and early January with four straight games versus Hockey East opponents. This season, the Big Green are 0-3 against the Hockey East. A year ago, the team was 5-0-1 in such contests. Allen has three goals and an assist in the tilts versus Boston College, Northeastern and UNH.