Big Green Host No. 2 Cornell and Colgate This Weekend at Thompson
- Dartmouth (4-1-1, 3-1-0 ECAC Hockey, 3-0-0 Ivy)
vs. #2 Cornell (8-1-0, 6-0-0 ECAC Hockey, 3-0-0 Ivy)
- Friday, Nov. 23 - 7 PM
- Hanover, N.H. - Thompson Arena (4,500)
- Dartmouth (4-1-1, 3-1-0 ECAC Hockey)
vs. Colgate (3-9-1, 0-5-1 ECAC Hockey)
- Saturday, Nov. 24 - 4 PM
- Hanover, N.H. - Thompson Arena (4,500)
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The Dartmouth women's hockey team continues its four-game homestand with a weekend slate against No. 2 Cornell and Colgate. Friday's contest with the second-ranked Big Red will mark the end of a 10-day hiatus for the Green after having last played No. 5 Boston College to a 3-3 tie on Nov. 12.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth is unbeaten in its last four games (3-0-1), keeping that streak going with a late push against the Eagles. Senior Reagan Fischer scored twice in the third period to overcome a 3-1 deficit after two periods to pull her team even and force the tie. Her second of the night came with just 1:16 remaining in the third as her wrister from the low circle found space under the crossbar for the game-tying goal.
When the Big Green step on to the Thompson Arena ice Friday night, it will mark the second straight time facing an opponent ranked in the top-10 in the most recent national polls. Boston College came to Hanover with the No. 5 ranking in the country, while Cornell brings with it the No. 2 spot in this week's polls. The last time Dartmouth squared off against a team ranked inside the top five in consecutive games was when it played No. 2 Cornell in the ECAC Hockey Championship Game and then again in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on consecutive weekends in 2011.
The top team in both ECAC Hockey and the Ivy League standings, the Big Red currently sit No. 2 in both the most recent USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. These two teams split last year's two meetings with each winning in the other's building. Both times, the visiting team narrowly edged out the hosts with a one-goal win as Dartmouth took a 5-4 game in Ithaca (Nov. 11), while Cornell won an overtime contest, 1-0, at Thompson (Jan. 21).
A Frozen Four team from a season ago, the Big Red come into the weekend having won its last seven contests. The team scored nine goals in each of its last two games, sweeping a home-and-home with Colgate last weekend, 9-0 and 9-2.
Junior forward Brianne Jenner leads the league with 2.29 points per game as she has 16 points (8g/8a) in just seven games played. Classmate Lauren Slebodnick has posted an impressive 1.79 goals-against average so far and is 5-1-0. Sophomore Katelyn Pippy has proven to be a more than capable backup as she is 3-0-0 and boasts a .952 save percentage and a 0.78 goals-against mark.
The Raiders have had a tough go of it this season, sitting 11th in the ECAC Hockey standings at 0-5-1 with one point. Overall the team is 3-9-1 with just one win in the last month; a 2-1 home victory against RIT on Nov. 9. Dartmouth swept last year's series with a 2-0 road win (Nov. 12) and a 4-3 overtime victory in Hanover (Jan. 20). In fact, Colgate has not defeated the Green in the last two seasons (0-4) and is just 5-29-2 all-time against Dartmouth.
Senior Brittany Phillips leads the team with nine points on three goals and six assists. Classmate Jenna Klynstra also has six assists to tie Phillips for the team lead, while Miriam Drubel and Jocelyn Simpson each have three goals as well.
Goaltending duties have been split between freshman Ashlynne Rando and sophomore Susan Allen. Both have GAA figures north of four (4.11- Rando, 4.41 - Allen) and neither has a save percentage of at least .880 (.878 - Rando, .865 - Allen).
With her two goals and three points against BC, Fischer is closing in on the 100-career point milestone. Her game-tying goal in the final minutes was her 40th in a Dartmouth sweater, while she also has 53 assists for 93 career points. Fischer is looking to join classmate Camille Dumais who reached the scoring milestone late last season and now has 107 points (47g/60a).
Fischer's 1.33 points per game ranks 27th in the country and is one of just seven players in the top 30 to have played fewer than 10 contests thus far (all Ivy League players).
SPEAKING OF 100
Barring any lineup shakeups, Dumais and fellow senior Margaux Sharp will play in their 100th career games on Saturday when they take to the ice against Colgate. Entering the weekend, five members of the senior class are all within five games of the century mark. Sasha Nanji (97GP), Jessica Gagner (96GP) and Sally Komarek (95GP) should all join the club before the start of 2013. Fischer (104GP) reached the figure in October in the team's matchup at Quinnipiac.
Following the tie with the No. 5 Eagles, Dartmouth is starting to gain traction in the national polls. The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine women's rankings have the Big Green just outside the top-10 and receiving votes for the second week in a row.
Not known as a goal-scorer, senior defenseman Lisa Berreman found the back of the net just 8:37 into the opening period against Boston College with her team on the power play. The marker was just the second for Berreman in her career. She now has four points on three assists and that power-play goal this season. In her 89-game career, Berreman has 19 points (2g/17a).
SHE CAN DISH IT
Sharp matched her career high with the two helpers in Dartmouth's most recent outing. It marked the third time that she had multiple assists in a game.
Junior goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft withstood an early barrage of shots in the first period against BC. The Pittsburgh native stopped 11 in the first and finished the game with 22, including three in the five-minute overtime period, to remain unbeaten this season in goal (3-0-1). Her .875 winning percentage ranks as the fourth-best figure among qualified goaltenders this season (minimum 33% of team's total minutes played).
It's been just six games, but head coach Mark Hudak has to be pleased with what he's seen from some of his younger players so far. Freshmen Lauren Stacey and Lindsey Allen rank as two of the top young point-producers in the nation to this juncture. Stacey's point per game average (1g/5a) is tied for 12th in the nation, while Allen is 15th at 0.83 per game (3g/2a).
Only five teams from across the nation remain with just one loss or fewer. Minnesota is the lone unbeaten program (14-0-0), while Mercyhurst (12-1-1), Cornell (8-1-0) Harvard (4-1-0) and Dartmouth (4-1-1) round out the quintet of teams with just one blemish on its records. Dartmouth can also boast that it is the only school in the country where both the men's (5-1-2) and women's (4-1-1) teams have just one loss this season.