Best of Three Series: #10 St. Lawrence (20-9-4, 14-6-2) at Dartmouth (18-8-2, 14-6-2)
Location: Hanover, N.H.
Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m.
Series Record: Dartmouth leads 29-23-2
HANOVER, N.H. — The Big Green earned two home victories over the weekend to move into fourth. On Friday, the team had its highest scoring game in six years with a 10-5 win over Yale.
Dartmouth didn’t have the same offensive punch the next day against Brown, but thanks to senior Jenna Hobeika’s overtime goal the team pulled out a 2-1 victory.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth (18-8-2, 14-6-2 ECAC & 6-3-1 Ivy) finished the regular season tied for fourth in ECAC Hockey with St. Lawrence, but won the tiebreaker with the Saints in order to secure the fourth seed in the tournament. Both teams ended the season with identical conference records at 14-6-2. The Big Green and St. Lawrence split their season series and had the same conference win total, so it came down to the third tiebreaker to find out which team would host the opening-round series between the fourth and fifth seeds. Dartmouth came out on top of that tiebreaker, which was the combined win-loss record against the top four teams in the conference.
Through the final games of the regular season, Dartmouth has had 18 players record a point, seven skaters with double-digit points, 15 players with multiple points and 11 skaters with at least one goal and one assist. Junior Camille Dumais (Beaconsfield, Quebec) leads the team with 36 points on 14 goals and a team-best 22 assists. Senior Kelly Foley (South Boston, Mass.) is second on the team with 33 points on a team-high 16 goals and 17 assists. Senior Reagan Fischer (Irma, Alberta) ranks third with 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points. Junior Sasha Nanji (Markham, Ontario) leads the Big Green defensemen with 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points. Karlee Odland (Vauxhall, Alberta) leads all freshmen with six points on three goals and three assists.
Holdcroft has played all but five games for Dartmouth. She has 552 saves, a .929 save percentage, a 1.80 goals against average, a 14-7-2 record and four shutouts in 1396:25 minutes.
The Big Green are averaging 3.14 goals per game, while allowing 2.14 goals against. The squad takes 32.0 shots per game and commits 4.00 penalties per game. Dartmouth is 22-for-134 on the power play, converting 16.4 percent of the time, and is 94-for-109 on the penalty kill at 86.2 percent.
IN THE ECAC HOCKEY TOURNEY
Friday marks the 21st time Dartmouth has made the ECAC Hockey Tournament. In 53 games, the Big Green are 34-19 and have won the event four times.
At home, the team has an even better record with an impressive 26-3 mark at Thompson Arena. Dartmouth has only ever lost one elimination game at home, coming in the 2003 championship game.
FOUR ASSISTS GIVE FOLEY 100 POINTS
Foley entered the Yale game with 97 career points and finished the game past the century mark. The South Boston native registered four assists in the victory to become the 33rd player in the program’s history with 100 points. She now has 48 goals and 54 assists for 102 career points.
LOTS OF HELPERS
Not only did the four assists push the senior past the 100-point plateau, but it also marked the first time a Dartmouth skater had four assists in one game in five years.
Jenna Cunningham ’09 was the last to have four assists in a game on Dec. 1, 2007 at Rensselaer. The previous high this season for Dartmouth was three assists done twice by Dumais.
SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES
For the second time in her career, Dumais recorded a hat trick. The forward netted three goals to go along with an assist in the win against Yale. After not registering a point in the first period, Dumais scored all three goals after the start of the second. The junior had her first career hat trick in a 6-0 victory at Brown on Jan. 29, 2011. She also added an assist in the game.
She is the second Dartmouth player this season to score three goals in a game after sophomore Ali Winkel (Espanola, Ontario) netted three in the 5-4 victory at Cornell on Nov. 19.
Against Cornell on Nov. 11, Winkel had the best night of her career with three goals and an assist. It marked her first career hat trick, first career multi-point game, first career game-winning goal and first and second career power play goals.
TOP LINE SCORING
The Big Green’s first line tallied 14 points in the two victories, including 12 in the win against Yale. Besides Foley’s four assists and Dumais four points, Fischer had two goals and two assists for four points.
On Saturday, Fischer assisted on the team’s first goal and Foley made the pass to Hobeika for the overtime game-winning goal.
HOLDCROFT IN THE TOP 10
In just her second season, Holdcroft moved into sole position of fifth place on Dartmouth’s all-time wins list with 32. She was previously tied with Kristen Bjork ’85 with 31. Holdcroft earned her 32nd career victory in the 2-1 overtime thriller against Brown. It might take a while before Holdcroft has a chance to move to fourth with Kelley Coyne ’90 in the position at 52 career wins. Amy Ferguson ’03 holds the all-time record with 67 victories.
Dumais entered the weekend with 95 career points, and with her four-point outburst on Friday, she pushed her total to 99. She is just one point away from reaching the century mark and becoming the 34th player in the program’s history to reach the century mark. Dumais has 42 goals & 57 assists in 90 games.
The fans at the Yale game witnessed something Dartmouth hasn’t done in almost six years. With the 10 goals scored, the Big Green reached double-digits in one game for the first time since an 11-0 victory over Union on Oct. 28, 2006.
The previous game high for Dartmouth this season was eight goals in the 8-5 win at New Hampshire on Dec. 11. The previous high at home was five goals against Vermont on Jan. 3.
NANJI MOVING UP THE BIG GREEN RECORDS
On Friday, Nanji scored two goals and had an assist to move her career point total to 73. She passed Robin Chandler ’91 for 10th all-time on Dartmouth’s career points list for defensemen. Karin Clough ’88 is in ninth with 74 points. Kim Cohen ’94 holds the record with 144 points.
With the 32 goals, Nanji is just one goal away from tying Liz Macri ’01 for seventh in the career goals list by a defenseman. Correne Bredin ’03 holds down the top spot with 44 goals.
OVERTIME FUN FACTS
With the overtime victory against Brown on Saturday, it pushed the Big Green’s overtime games to seven on the season. In those seven games, the team is 3-2-2.
The last time Dartmouth won a game in overtime before besting the Bears was on Jan. 20, 2012 in a 4-3 home victory over Colgate.
The seven overtime contests are the most the Big Green have played in a season since the squad had eight extra period contests in 2007-08. That season, Dartmouth went 1-1-6 in those games
THREE IS THE GOAL
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Dartmouth is almost unbeatable when it scores three goals in a game. The team is 15-2-0 when it registers at least three goals. The Big Green are 5-0-0 when they score more than five goals. When Dartmouth scores less than three goals, it is only 3-6-2.
STAYING OUT OF THE BOX
The Big Green have the third-lowest penalty minute per game average in the nation at 8.0. Brown has the second-lowest mark at 7.5 and Quinnipiac holds the lowest average at 7.2
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
St. Lawrence finished the season 20-9-4 overall and 14-6-2 in ECAC Hockey. The Saints ended tied with Dartmouth for fourth, but lost the tiebreaker to the Big Green for the fourth seed. St. Lawrence split its final two games of the regular season, winning 6-0 at Colgate, but falling 3-2 at Cornell. The loss to the Big Red ended a six-game winning streak for the Saints in which the team outscored its opponents, 26-6. In St. Lawrence’s last 17 games, the team is 14-2-1 with its only losses coming to second-ranked Cornell.
Sophomore Rylee Smith leads the team in points with 41 on a team-high 19 goals and 22 assists. Junior Kelly Sabatine is second with 17 goals and a team-best 23 assists for 40 points. Senior Karell Émard is third with 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points.
In net, freshman Carmen MacDonald has played in 26 of St. Lawrence’s 33 contests. She has 646 saves, a .927 save percentage, a 1.99 goals against average, a 17-6-3 record and five shutouts in 1,539:14 minutes.
The Saints are averaging 3.24 goals per game, while allowing 2.18 goals against. The team takes 32.3 shots per game and commits 5.10 penalties per game. On the power play, St. Lawrence is 31-for-162 (19.1 percent) and is 130-for-155 (83.9 percent) on the penalty kill.
The teams have met 54 times coming into the weekend series. The Big Green lead the series with a 29-23-2 record. The two teams first met on February 17, 1975 at St. Lawrence, with the Saints winning, 4-3. Dartmouth won 19 of the first 24 contests, but St. Lawrence won a majority of the games in the 2000’s. The teams split the regular season series with each squad winning on the other team’s home ice. The Big Green earned a 1-0 victory in Canton on Oct. 29, and the Saints responded with a 2-0 win in Hanover on Nov. 18. The Big Green holds a 3-2 advantage in the ECAC Hockey Tournament over the Saints, but this will be the first meeting in the quarterfinals.