Friday: #10 Dartmouth (15-7-2, 11-5-2 ECAC) at Union (2-14-2, 4-22-2 ECAC)
Location: Schenectady, N.Y.
Date: Friday, February 10, 7 p.m.
Series Record: Dartmouth leads, 17-0-0
Saturday: #10 Dartmouth (15-7-2, 11-5-2 ECAC) at Rensselaer (8-18-4, 5-11-2 ECAC)
Location: Troy, N.Y.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 4 p.m.
Series Record: Dartmouth leads, 10-3-1
HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth women’s hockey team split its two home games last weekend to stay at .500 at Thompson Arena with a 6-6 mark.
On Friday against Princeton, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. Junior Camille Dumais (Beaconsfield, Quebec) closed the gap to one three minutes later, but it wasn’t enough with Princeton holding on for the 2-1 victory.
The next night, the offense got going early with two goals in the first and sophomore Lindsay Holdcroft (Pittsburgh, Pa.) held the Quinnipiac offense at bay with 43 saves. Senior Kelly Foley (South Boston, Mass.) had two goals and an assist and Dumais had three assist to give Dartmouth a 4-1 victory.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
The 10th-ranked Big Green enter the weekend in a tie for fourth in ECAC Hockey after winning seven of their last nine games. Dartmouth is 15-7-2 overall, 11-5-2 in ECAC Hockey and are 4-3-1 in the Ivy League.
Through 24 games, Dartmouth has had 18 players record a point, six skaters with double-digit points, 15 players with multiple points and 11 skaters with at least one goal and one assist. Dumais leads the team with 31 points on 10 goals and a team-best 21 assists. Foley is second on the team with 27 points on a team-high 16 goals and 11 assists. Senior Reagan Fischer (Irma, Alberta) ranks third with 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points. Junior Sasha Nanji (Markham, Ontario) leads the Big Green defensemen with 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points. Junior Margaux Sharp (Carleton Place, Ontario) is fifth with 12 points on three goals and nine assists, and senior Jenna Hobeika (Alpine, N.J.) is sixth with 11 points on five goals and six assists. Morgan Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.) leads all freshmen with five points on five assists.
Holdcroft has played all but four games for Dartmouth. She has 483 saves, a .929 save percentage, a 1.83 goals against average, an 12-6-2 record and three shutouts in 1213:54 minutes.
The Big Green are averaging 2.96 goals per game, while allowing 2.08 goals against. The squad takes 31.3 shots per game and commits 4.10 penalties per game. Dartmouth is 20-for-120 on the power play, converting 16.7 percent of the time, and is 83-for-96 on the penalty kill at 86.5 percent.
TOURNAMENT POSITIONING UPDATE
With the ECAC Hockey Tournament starting in three weeks, the 12 teams in the conference are competing to see who will get the final spot in the eight-team draw and which team will end with home games on the opening weekend.
Cornell (32 points) has all but locked up the top spot with five more points than second place Harvard, and the Big Red own the tiebreaker due to a season sweep of the Crimson.
Harvard is in second with 27 points with Clarkson in third with 26 points. Dartmouth and St. Lawrence are tied for fourth with 24 points with the Big Green currently holding the tiebreaker over the Saints.
Only two points back in sixth place is Quinnipiac with 22, Princeton sits in seventh with 18 and Brown and RPI are tied for eighth with 12 points.
The top eight teams make the tournament with the top four hosting a best-of-three series on Feb. 24-26.
With her performance on Saturday, Holdcroft set a new career high in saves with 43. Her previous high of 38 came in a 3-2 victory at St. Lawrence last season on Feb. 11, 2011.
The 43 saves also marked the first time a Dartmouth goaltender reached the 40 saves mark since Carli Clemis ’09 had 48 in a 4-1 loss at Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 29, 2008.
With the split last weekend, Dartmouth moved out of the top 10 in the USCHO.com poll but is tied for 10th in the USA HOCKEY/ESPN The Magazine poll.
The highest-ranking ECAC Hockey team is Cornell who is third in both polls. Harvard is eighth in the USCHO.com poll with 50 points and eighth in the USA Hockey poll with 59 points. The Big Green received 20 points in the USA Hockey poll to tie for tenth with Boston University, and is the top team receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll with 13. Boston University is 10th in the USCHO.com poll with 14 points.
A little friendly and teammate rivalry is going on with two Dartmouth forwards approaching the 100-point mark and seeing who can reach the plateau first. Foley has 96 points (48 goals & 48 assists) in 107 games and Dumais is right behind her with 94 points (38 goals & 56 assists) in 86 games.
This past weekend, Dumais totaled four points on one goal and three assists and Foley had three points on two goals and one assist.
The players are looking to become the 33rd and 34th players in the history of the program to reach the century mark.
HOLDCROFT IN THE TOP 10
In just her second season, Holdcroft is all alone in sixth on the Dartmouth career wins list. The Pittsburgh native improved her career win total to 30 on Saturday, breaking her tie with Kate Lane ’06. Holdcroft could possibly tie and pass Kristen Bjork ’85 this weekend, who is currently in fifth with 31 victories. Amy Ferguson ’03 holds the all-time record with 67 victories.
With her 60 saves this past weekend, the sophomore remains in seventh on the all-time saves list with 1,061 career saves. Bjork is sixth with 1,303 saves.
The Big Green have been almost unbeatable away from Thompson Arena this season. The victories against Yale and Brown on Jan. 28-29 improved Dartmouth to 9-1-2 away from Thompson, including unbeaten in its last 11 games. The team last lost on the road in the first game of the season at fourth-ranked Boston College on Oct. 23.
Nanji has improved as the season has gone along, including eight points in her last four games. With that scoring run, the Ontario native has moved up to ninth in the nation on points per game by a defenseman. Nanji is averaging 0.88 points per game on 10 goals, 11 assists and 21 points in 24 games. Laura Fortino of Cornell leads the nation at 1.17 points per game on 27 points.
After a weekend of only allowing three goals in 120 minutes, Holdcroft is seventh in the nation in goals against average. She has a 1.83 goals against average with Noora Raty of Minnesota leading the nation at 1.41 goals against average. Holdcroft is eighth in the nation is save percentage at .929. Alex Rigsby of Wisconsin leads the country at .949.
STAYING OUT OF THE BOX
The Big Green have the third-lowest penalty minute per game average in the nation at 8.2. Brown has the second-lowest mark at 7.8 and Quinnipiac holds the lowest average at 7.2.
SCOUTING THE DUTCHWOMEN
Union enters Friday's game with a 4-22-4 record overall and is 2-14-2 in ECAC Hockey. The team is in 11th in the conference with 6 points. The team is on a four-game losing streak.
The Dutchwomen played at Colgate and Cornell last weekend and lost both games. Union suffered a 3-0 defeat at Colgate on Friday and lost, 5-1, at Cornell on Saturday.
Freshmen Bryanne Panchuk and Christine Valente are tied for the team lead in points with 11. Each player has five goals and six assists. Senior Dania Simmonds is third in points with 10 on a team-high 10 assists.
In net, senior Kate Gallagher has played in all 16 of Union's 30 games. She has 472 saves, a .937 save percentage, a 2.17 goals against average, a 2-8-4 record and one shutout in 885:56 minutes.
The Dutchwomen are averaging 1.63 goals per game, while allowing 3.23 goals against. The team takes 23.3 shots per game and commits 4.40 penalties per game. On the power play, Union is 12-for-109 (11.0 percent) and is 104-for-125 (83.2 percent) on the penalty kill.
When Union and Dartmouth meet this weekend it will be the 18th time the two teams have played. The Big Green have won the previous 17. Eight of the 17 victories have been shutouts for the Big Green. The teams first met on Jan. 30, 2004, with Dartmouth winning at Union 7-0. The Big Green are 7-0 at home against the Dutchwomen. Dartmouth came back to beat Union earlier this year at home, 3-2, on Jan. 14.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
Rensselaer enters the weekend with an 8-18-4 record overall and is 5-11-2 in ECAC Hockey. The Engineers are tied with Brown for eighth in the conference with 12 points. RPI lost both of its games last weekend at Cornell and Colgate. The Big Red defeated the Engineers, 3-0, on Friday, and the Raiders earned a 3-2 victory on Saturday.
Sophomore Jordan Smelker leads the team with 25 points on 10 goals and 15 assists. Freshman Eleeza Cox is second with 21 points on 12 goals and nine assists. Seniors Alisa Harrison and Jill Vandegrift are tied for third with 18 points. Each player has eight goals and 10 assists.
In net, freshman Kelly O'Brien has started the last four games and has played in 18 games this season. She has 378 saves, an .896 save percentage, a 2.65 goals against average, a 5-11-1 record and three shutouts in 996:38 minutes.
The Engineers are averaging 2.17 goals per game, while allowing 2.97 goals against. The team takes 24.4 shots per game and commits 5.10 penalties per game. On the power play, Rensselaer is 18-for-139 (12.9 percent) and is 122-for-146 (83.6 percent) on the penalty kill.
Saturday will mark the 15th time the Engineers and the Big Green will meet on the ice. Dartmouth leads the series, 10-3-1. The two schools first met on October 29, 2006, with the Big Green earning a 5-1 home victory. RPI earned its first two wins in the series in 2010 with a 2-1 victory on Jan. 22 and a 5-2 win on Feb. 13. The Big Green earned a 4-2 home victory earlier this season against RPI on Jan. 13.