Dartmouth Big Green (7-18-1/ 6-13-1 ECAC Hockey/1-6-1 Ivy) at
Brown Bears (4-18-5/ 3-14-3 EC AC Hockey/0-6-2 Ivy)
Friday, Feb. 21 - 7 p.m.
Providence, R.I.– Meehan Auditorium
Dartmouth Big Green at
Yale Bulldogs (8-13-6/ 6-8-6 ECAC Hockey/3-4-1 Ivy)
Saturday, Feb. 22 - 4 p.m.
New Haven, Conn. – Ingalls Rink
The Dartmouth women’s hockey team wraps up the 2013-14 regular season this weekend, Feb. 21-22, traveling to face ECAC Hockey and Ivy League rivals Brown and Yale. In the final two league tilts of the year, every point counts for the Big Green in the race for the last playoff spot in the conference postseason tournament.
Most recently, the Big Green concluded their home slate with a pair of losses to St. Lawrence and then No. 5 Clarkson. In the opener, the Saints erased an early 1-0 deficit with four unanswered goals en route to a 4-1 triumph. Devon Moir scored for Dartmouth with Lindsey Allen and Laura Stacey picking up assists. In the finale, freshman Eleni Tebano cut a two-goal deficit in half with a tally for the Big Green in the second period. In the third, Clarkson netted four straight goals to put the game out of reach. Stacey added an assist for Dartmouth for the second game in a row.
The Bears enter Friday evening’s contest with a record of 4-18-5 overall and a 3-14-3 mark in ECAC Hockey games. Brown is still in search of its first Ivy League win with a record of 0-6-2 in Ancient Eight tilts. Two weeks ago, the Bears swept their first home weekend in league play of the season with wins against RPI and Union. Last time out, they were shutout by both Princeton and Quinnipiac in a pair of losses. Offensively, the Bears have been outscored 75-14 this season. Janice Yang has a team-leading seven goals. Junior Sarah Robson has a team-high nine assists and 14 points. The good news for Brown is that it’s four leading scorers will all return next year. Between the pipes, Aubree Moore has started 26 games with a .925 save percentage and 2.60 goals-against average.
The Bulldogs enter the weekend riding a three-game unbeaten streak after going 1-0-1 last weekend against Princeton and No. 9 Quinnipiac. Yale is 6-8-6 in ECAC Hockey games this season and currently sits in seventh-place in the standings. Overall, the team is 8-13-6, while going 3-4-1 in Ivy League matchups. The Yale offense has scored two or more goals in three straight games, highlighted by a 5-3 win against the Tigers last time out. The Bulldogs are led by freshman Phoebe Staenz who has scored nine goals and added 14 assists in just 17 games of action this season. The youthful attack sees Yale’s top-five leading scorers as sophomores and freshmen. In net, Jaimie Leonoff has recorded two shutouts and boasts a .921 save percentage and 2.83 goals-against average.
VS. BROWN EARLIER THIS YEAR
In January, the two Ancient Eight rivals skated to a 3-3 tie in Thompson Arena. Dartmouth erased a one-goal third-period deficit with two markers early in the final stanza. Mackenzie St. Onge tied the game at two and Allen gave the Green a 3-2 edge. Less than a minute after Allen’s goal, Janice Yang tied it up with a goal for Yale. In overtime, Dartmouth outshot Brown, 4-1, but neither team found the back of the net.
VS. YALE EARLIER THIS YEAR
Senior co-captain Ali Winkel broke a 4-4 tie with under one minute remaining in regulation as Dartmouth topped Yale, 5-4, in Hanover earlier this season. The Big Green again erased a one-goal deficit in the third period. Allen potted two goals, while Stacey added a pair of assists. Tara Tomimoto had a game-high three points (1g-2a) for the Bulldogs.
Dartmouth is 41-28-9 all-time against Brown, while skating to a 16-2-3 mark with Hudak at the helm. The Big Green boast a 69-4-2 record all-time versus Yale, while skating to a 21-1-1 mark under Hudak.
Dartmouth has controlled the recent matchups versus both the Bears and the Bulldogs. The Big Green are riding a 15-game unbeaten streak against Brown. During that stretch, head coach Mark Hudak’s team is 14-0-1. Dartmouth hasn’t lost to Brown since March of 2006 in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. Versus Yale, Dartmouth has won 10 in a row. However, the last three contests have all been decided by one goal.
Entering the final weekend of the regular season, Dartmouth is in ninth place with 13 points in the ECAC Hockey standings. The Big Green are on the outside looking in as only the top-eight advance to the postseason tournament. The Green are just one point back off eighth-place Rensselaer. Dartmouth holds the tiebreaker over RPI having the swept the season series. This weekend the Engineers face St. Lawrence and No. 4 Clarkson. Both North Country foes topped Rensselaer earlier this season.
The Big Green are just 2-10-0 away from the Upper Valley this season. However, Dartmouth has swept the road weekend at Brown and Yale each of the last seven years. The last time the Green and White lost at Brown in the regular season was November of 2005, while the last defeat at Ingalls Rink came back in 1986.
The four goals for Dartmouth have all been first-year skaters. The last non-freshman to score was Laura Stacey in the first period against Princeton on Feb. 1. During that stretch Eleni Tebano has a pair of markers, Kennedy Ottenbreit netted her fifth tally of the season and Devon Moir found the back of the net for the first time in her collegiate career.
The Dartmouth offensive attack is led by the Class of 2016. The five sophomores have accounted for 22 of the squad’s 45 goals and 29 of 67 assists. All this is being done without Ailish Forfar, who was injured before the season even began. The quintet of second-year skaters have scored 49% of the Big Green’s goals and registered 46% of Dartmouth’s points. Lindsey Allen has a team-leading 13 goals and Stacey has a team-best 10 assists.
Heading into last weekend, nine of Dartmouth’s last 13 games have all been decided by one goal or less. During that period, Dartmouth is 4-4-1, picking up wins against RPI, Union, Providence and Yale. In 2013-14, the Big Green have had 12 games, including seven in conference play, decided by a goal or less.
Seven different players have registered multi-point games for the Big Green this season. Allen leads the way with seven, including three in her last six appearances. Laura Stacey is second on the team with three, while Karlee Odland has two games with more than a point. Ali Winkel, Morgan Illikainen, Catherine Berghuis and Emma Korbs all have a game with two or more points.