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Dartmouth Hosts RPI and Union in ECAC Hockey Action

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By Mark Washburn


Game 20
Dartmouth Big Green (5-13-1/ 4-8-1 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Rensselaer Engineers (10-11-2/ 6-5-1 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Jan. 24 - 7 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena

Game 21
Dartmouth Big Green vs.
Union Dutchwomen (8-15-1/ 3-9-0 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Jan. 25 - 4 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena

The Dartmouth women’s hockey team returns to the friendly confines of Thompson Arena after a 1-1-0 weekend on the road in the Empire State. This weekend, Rensselaer and Union head to the Upper Valley in ECAC Hockey action. The Green and White close out the season series with both the Engineers and the Dutchwomen, Jan. 24-25. Earlier in the year, Dartmouth went 1-1-0 against the conference foes in New York’s Capital District.

Most recently, the Dartmouth offense exploded for a trio of goals in the second period against Colgate en route to a 4-2 victory. The win marked the third time in the last four years that the Big Green have swept the season series with the Raiders and gave the team two valuable points in the conference standings. The Green opened the weekend with a 3-0 shutout loss at No. 3 Cornell. The tilt with the Big Red was the seventh this season against a ranked opponent for Dartmouth. In the contest with Colgate, Lindsey Allen continued her impressive winter, potting the eventual game winner with less than a minute remaining in the second period. Katy Ratty, Lauren Kelly and Laura Stacey also found the back of the net in the game for the Big Green.


Allen registered a career-high three points against Colgate. Stacey also had a multi-point game as she and Allen have now tallied two or more points in three-of-the-last-four games. Entering 2013-14, Kelly had just one career goal. But the senior has now scored in each of the last two weekends with shots from the point. The win was the 201st for Mark Hudak as the team’s head coach, a mark never met by any previous bench boss in program history. Freshman Kennedy Ottenbreit picked up the first assist of her young career, starting the play that ended in Stacey’s tally.

Check out the Women's Hockey Program
as the Big Green face RPI and Union this
weekend, Jan. 24-25.


RPI enters the tilt with a 10-11-2 overall record and a 6-5-1 mark in league contests.  The Engineers currently sit in sixth place with 13 points in ECAC Hockey, while the Big Green are in ninth with nine. Since losing to Providence on Jan. 5, Rensselaer is riding a four-game unbeaten streak. The run began with a 3-2 win at home versus then No. 8 Quinnipiac. Offensively, the Engineers are led by Jordan Smelker and Lauren Wash. Smelker has a team-best 11 assists and 15 points, while Wash has a team-leading 11 goals, including two game winners. RPI has a balanced attack as seven skaters have registered 11 or more points. Between the pipes, Kelly O’Brien has seen action in 21 games this season producing a 10-9-1 record with a .917 save percentage and 1.99 goals-against average. The junior has three shutouts this year and ranks fourth in the league in goals-against average.

The Dutchwomen enter the weekend with an 8-15-1 record, including a 3-9-0 mark in ECAC Hockey play. The three conference wins are the most for the Dutchwomen in program history. However, heading into a Friday evening showdown with Harvard, Union is riding a three-game losing streak. The Union attack is paced by Maddy Norton and Kathryn Tomaselli. Norton leads the squad with 14 assists and 16 points, while Tomaselli has a team-high 10 tallies. The Dutchwomen also have a balanced attack as six skaters have registered at least 12 points. In goal, Shenae Lundberg has amassed a record of 8-15-0 with a .900 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.

In early November, Dartmouth topped RPI, 3-1, inside Houston FieldHouse. The Big Green earned their first victory of the season that day in Troy. Karlee Odland scored the eventual game winner late in the second period and Stacey put the game out of reach with a shorthanded tally in the third. Lindsay Holdcroft made 33 saves for Dartmouth between the pipes.

In Dartmouth’s third conference game of the year, the Dutchwomen snapped a 20-game losing streak to the Big Green with a 3-0 triumph at Messa Rink. Shenae Lundberg stopped all 25 shots she faced to earn her first of two shutouts on the season.

Dartmouth is 20-1-0 all-time against Union, while posting the same record under Hudak. The Big Green are 11-5-2 all-time and under Hudak versus RPI.

After skating together last weekend for the first time this season, the trio of Allen, Stacey and Catherine Berghuis tallied six points against Colgate.  The sophomores combined for two goals and four assists, including the game winner from Allen. Not to be outdone, the line of Karlee Odland, Ali Winkel and Katy Ratty have amassed 12 points in the games they’ve played together.

Entering this weekend, Dartmouth is in ninth place in the league with nine points and on the outside looking in for postseason play. The top-eight teams in the conference advance to the ECAC Hockey Tournament and the Big Green are two points back of eighth-place Yale and three back of seventh seeded St. Lawrence. RPI is currently in sixth place with 13 points.

Lindsay Holdcroft turned aside 28 of the 30 shots she faced on New Year’s Eve to earn the victory against Providence. The win placed Holdcroft in hallowed territory as she became just the fifth goaltender in program history to register 50 or more wins. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native has made her mark on the program, ranking in the top-five all-time in saves, save percentage, games, goals-against average and wins.

The 5-4 come-from-behind victory against Yale on Jan. 10 was the 200th for Mark Hudak as Dartmouth’s head coach. Hudak became the first coach in program history to reach the 200-win plateau. Entering the season, Hudak was tied with George Crowe with 196 wins on the Big Green bench. It took Crowe 12 seasons to reach that total and Hudak just 10.

Six of the Green and White’s last eight games have all been decided by one goal or less. During that period, Dartmouth is 2-3-1, picking up wins against Providence and Yale. In 2013-14, the Big Green have had nine games, including four in conference play, decided by a goal or less.

Last season’s 7-2 senior-day victory over St. Lawrence on Feb. 23, 2013, was the 600th in program history. In their 37th season, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team has averaged more than 16 wins a year since its inception as Hudak has been at the helm for 200 of those triumphs.