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UNH in Town for Women's Hockey Home Opener

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By Mark Washburn
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Home Opener
The Dartmouth women's hockey team plays at Thompson Arena for the first time this season, facing the New Hampshire Wildcats in a non-conference matchup Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. 

All-time vs. the Wildcats
New Hampshire holds a 35-13-3 advantage in the all-time series with the Big Green, but the Wildcats have just an 8-7 edge in the last 15 games. UNH owns a 208-114 advantage in all-time goal differential.

The in-state rivalry dates back to the 1977-78 season, the first year of Dartmouth's varsity program. The Wildcats defeated the Big Green in the inaugural contest, 8-3 in Hanover on Jan. 21, 1978.

With a home advantage, Dartmouth is 9-16-1 all-time against New Hampshire. The best home stretch against the Wildcats took place from Feb. 21, 1999 to Dec. 1, 2004, with the Big Green winning six straight at home.

Last Year's Series Split
Dartmouth and New Hampshire met twice during the 2011-12 season, with each team coming away with a win. UNH stole the first game in front of a Hanover home crowd, defeating the Big Green, 5-4 in overtime at Thompson Arena.

In that game, which took place exactly one year ago, Dartmouth carried a 3-2 lead into the third period before the Wildcats tied it up. Sasha Nanji and Sally Komarek eached notched a goal for the Big Green, and former player Kelly Foley scored two in the loss. Katie Milligan stopped 24 shots in net for Dartmouth.

The Big Green got revenge in the second game with an 8-5 victory on UNH's ice on Dec. 11, 2011. In that contest, three players - Sasha Nanji, Kelly Foley and Erica Dobos - had three-point performances, while Reagan Fischer and Camille Dumais each picked up a pair. In goal, Lindsay Holdcroft earned the victory.

Leading Dartmouth
Senior Camille Dumais leads the Big Green offense with three goals and two assists for five points on the season. Classmate and captain Reagan Fischer also has five points on the year on a pair of goals and three assists. Rookie Laura Stacey is third with four points on four helpers. Classmate Lindsey Allen (2g, 1a) and senior defenseman Sasha Nanji (1g, 2a) have eached contributed three points.

Junior Lindsay Holdcroft and sophomore Katie Milligan have split time in goal for the Big Green. Holdcroft is 2-0-0 with a 2.42 GAA and an .889 save percentage, while Milligan is 1-1-0 with a 4.00 GAA and a .846 save percentage.

Scouting UNH
Through nine games, the Wildcats have a deceiving 3-6-0 record. New Hampshire has faced No. 7 Boston College twice, splitting with the Eagles, and has also played vote-receiving Wisconsin twice, getting swept by the Badgers.

Senior Kristina Lavoie leads the squad with eight points (3g, 5a) on the year. Rookies Sarah Carlson (4g, 2a) and Jonna Curtis (2g, 4a) have six points apiece, as does senior Kristine Horn (2g, 4a).

Rookie Vilma Vaattovaara has played eight games in goal for the Wildcats, posting a 3-5-0 record with a 3.16 GAA and a .895 save percentage.

Familiar Face
New Hampshire's head coach is Brian McCloskey, a '77 Dartmouth grad who played ice hockey for the Big Green. Now in his 10th season at the helm for the Wildcats, McCloskey tallied 92 points as a three-year letter winner at Dartmouth. He co-captained the squad as a senior.

A Weekend of Firsts
Three Dartmouth sophomores experienced career-firsts over the weekend. Morgan Illikainen notched her first career goal in dramatic fashion, scoring the game-winner in overtime on the road at Yale. Classmate Abbie Lund also tallied her first career marker, scoring in the second period to give the Big Green a 3-2 lead over the Bulldogs. The following night, goaltender Katie Milligan earned her first career shutout, a 1-0 road victory over Brown.

Road Sweep
Playing their third and fourth straight away games over the weekend at Yale and Brown, the Big Green came away with their first road weekend sweep since Jan. 27-28, 2012 (also at Brown and Yale). Dartmouth defeated the Bulldogs, 5-4 in overtime, before downing the Bears, 1-0 the following night.

Season-Opening Split
Dartmouth kicked off the 2012-13 season with a pair of road games at Princeton and Quinnipiac. The Big Green defeated the Tigers, 3-1 Friday night before falling, 8-3 to the Bobcats on Saturday.

Rookie Success
Three Big Green freshmen have had a hand in Dartmouth's scoring thus far. Laura Stacey leads the way with four assists, while classmate Lindsey Allen has a pair of goals, both of which came on the power play, as well as an assist. In addition, Olivia Whitford has tallied her first-ever point, assisting on Karlee Odland's season-opening goal at Princeton.

Among National Leaders
Dartmouth ranks among the best in the nation in several categories early in the season. The Big Green combined special teams ranks tied for fourth in the country at 58.3%, while the power play unit is tied for fifth with a 26.7% success rate. For a complete list of Dartmouth players in the top-20 nationally, see page seven.

Broadcast Information

Tonight's game will feature live stats, as well as a live video broadcast for paying subscribers. Links for both can be found via the Dartmouth women's hockey schedule page at WFRD 99.3 radio will also broadcast the game, with Dave Collins on the play-by-play.