ECAC HOCKEY QUARTERFINALS
No. 1 Seed Clarkson vs. No. 8 seed Dartmouth
Dartmouth Big Green (9-18-1/ 8-13-1 ECAC Hockey) at
No. 3 Clarkson Golden Knights (25-4-5/ 16-2-4 EC AC Hockey)
Friday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014
Potsdam, N.Y. – Cheel Arena
Riding a two-game winning streak, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team will travel to the North Country to square off with No. 3 Clarkson in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. The best-of-three series pits the top-seeded Golden Knights versus the No. 8 seed Big Green. Dartmouth will be looking for its first win at Cheel Arena since February of 2011. The Green and White are 0-2-1 in their last two tilts at Clarkson.
In the final weekend of the regular season, Dartmouth earned its first road conference sweep of the year, topping Brown, 3-0, and Yale, 2-1. The Big Green earned four key conference points against their Ancient Eight foes for the seventh year in a row. The Class of 2017 stole the show over the weekend as the freshmen combined to score four goals to go along with one assist. Lindsay Holdcroft had arguably her strongest weekend of the season in goal to earn a pair of victories. The other Dartmouth skater to find the back of the net in the two tilts was Lindsey Allen. The sophomore winger scored just 45 seconds into the game against Brown for her team-leading 14th tally.
Entering the final weekend of the regular season, Dartmouth was one point behind eighth-place Rensselaer. With the weekend sweep, the Big Green jumped into the eighth and final playoff spot. The senior class of Lindsay Holdcroft, Lauren Kelly and Ali Winkel will now make their fourth and final ECAC Hockey Tournament appearance.
The Golden Knights enter the postseason riding a 17-game unbeaten streak. Dating back to Dec. 7, Clarkson is 14-0-3, including winning their last four conference games. The Golden Knights made history this year, winning the regular season ECAC Hockey championship for the first time in program history. The potent offensive attack has seen Clarkson outscore its opponents, 127-39. Jamie Lee Rattray paces the Golden Knights’ on offense, leading the squad in goals (26), points (55), game-winning goals (4), short-handed goals (1) and power-play goals (7). Sophomore Erin Ambrose has a team-high 35 assists as well as 13 goals. Ambrose and Rattray rank 1 and 2 in the league in points and assists. Senior Vanessa Gagnon has 15 goals and is one of six Clarkson skaters to register 25 or more points this season. In net, senior Erica Howe has been stellar. In 34 games, she has amassed a 25-4-5 mark with a .939 save percentage and a 1.12 goals-against average. Howe leads the conference with 11 shutouts and in GAA.
THIS SEASON VS. GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Clarkson swept the season series versus Dartmouth for the second straight year, winning, 3-0, at home and 6-1 at Thompson Arena. In the first contest, Howe stopped all 11 shots she faced and Rattray had a goal and an assist in the Golden Knights’ win. Howe has shutout the Big Green in the last two meetings at Cheel Arena. In the second game, Genevieve Bannon had two goals and two assists to lead Clarkson to victory. Eleni Tebano scored for Dartmouth on the power play with Laura Stacey registering the primary assist.
Dartmouth holds a slim, 12-11-4, edge in the all-time series, while going 10-9-4 with head coach Mark Hudak at the helm.
Under Hudak, Dartmouth has played in the conference tournament 10 times, won the league title twice and played in the championship game three times. The 11th year coach has led the team to the NCAA tournament six times, advancing to the Frozen Four twice. The year marks the fifth straight season the team has appeared in the ECAC Hockey Tournament. Dartmouth has been bounced in the first round of the tournament each of the last two seasons.
ON THE ROAD…
Away from home this season, the Green and White are 4-10-0. All four of Dartmouth’s road wins have come in ECAC Hockey action, highlighted by the current two-game winning streak.
Freshman Kennedy Ottenbreit became the first member of the Big Green to earn weekly honors this season as she was tabbed ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week on Tuesday by the league office. Last weekend, the Grayson, Saskatchewan, native scored two goals and added an assist in a pair of Dartmouth victories. Ottenbreit opened with a goal in the third period against Brown and in the regular season finale she registered her first career multi-point contest with a goal and an assist against Yale. She become the first Dartmouth skater to earn the honor since Ailish Forfar was honored back-to-back weeks in January of last season.
HOLDING DOWN THE FORT
Between the pipes, Holdcroft had a stellar weekend, stopping 43 of the 44 shots she faced in two victories. Against Brown, she made 26 saves to register her first shutout of the season. The clean sheet versus the Bears marked the 13 career shutout for Holdcroft, a mark which ranks fourth in program history. This year, the Pittsburgh, Pa., native became the program’s all-time leader in games for a goaltender (104) and minutes played (6284:27). She will leave her name etched in the career record book as she is tied for third in wins (56), fourth in save percentage (.911), fifth in goals-against average (2.25) and second in saves (2,421).
LINE IT UP
The most productive Dartmouth line this season has been the trio of Allen, Stacey and Catherine Berghuis. The three sophomores have produced eight goals and 14 helpers in the eight contests they’ve skated together. Most recently, the line of Devon Moir, Ottenbreit and Mackenzie St. Onge had their best weekend playing together producing four of the team’s five goals.
Eight different players have registered multi-point games for the Big Green this season. Allen leads the way with seven, including four in her last eight appearances. Laura Stacey is second on the team with four, while Karlee Odland has two games with more than a point. Winkel, Morgan Illikainen, Berghuis, Ottenbreit and Emma Korbs all have a game with two or more points.
Four of Dartmouth’s five leading scorers are either freshmen or sophomores. The sophomores have accounted for 23 of the team’s 50 goals and 35 of 76 assists, while the freshmen have netted 17 markers and produced 19 assists.