Game 4
Dartmouth Big Green (0-3-0, 0-2-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Union Dutchwomen (3-5-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Nov. 1 - 7 p.m.
Schenectady, N.Y. – Messa Rink

Game 5
Dartmouth Big Green (0-3-0, 0-2-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
Rensselaer (1-5-1, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Nov. 2 - 4 p.m.
Troy, N.Y. – Houston Fieldhouse

After opening conference play at home last weekend versus Quinnipiac and Princeton, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team travels to New York’s Capital District for its first ECAC Hockey road trip of the season. Dartmouth prepares to face Union and Rensselaer Nov. 1-2. Last season the team went 1-0-1 on the road swing. This year, the Big Green are 0-1-0 outside of the Upper Valley. In 2012-13, head coach Mark Hudak’s squad was 9-8-0 away from Thompson Arena. In league play, Dartmouth was 1-2-1 on the road before falling in two games at Harvard in the opening round of the postseason tournament.

The Big Green lost a pair of conference games to the Tigers and Bobcats. It marked the first time since the end of 2011-12 season when St. Lawrence took two games in the ECAC Hockey First Round series that Dartmouth was swept in a home weekend. In the opener, Princeton netted a come-from-behind victory thanks to a pair of third-period tallies. In the finale, Dartmouth once again surrendered a second period lead as QU rallied to score the games final three goals and earn a 4-2 win.

Under Hudak, Dartmouth has played in the conference tournament nine times, won the league title twice and played in the championship game three times. The 11th year coach has led the team to the NCAA tournament six times, advancing to the Frozen Four twice. The last two seasons, the team has exited the conference postseason tournament in the first round.

Heading into the game with Union, the Green and White are a perfect 20-0-0 against the Dutchwomen. With Hudak on the bench the team has never lost to Union, outscoring the conference rival, 125-13. The last three triumphs have been shutouts as goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft has stopped 51 of the 52 she’s faced against Union in her career, going 4-0-0 and registering a trio of shutouts. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Dartmouth is looking for its first win against Rensselaer since January of 2012. The Big Green haven’t won in Houston Fieldhouse since January of 2009.

Dartmouth lost four-of-the-top-five leading scorers from last season to graduation and looks to a strong core of freshmen to pick up where the Class of 2016 left off. The youthful Big Green go from having eight players with at least 100 games under their belt last season to zero this season. Of the 20 players on the roster, 13 are underclassmen, as senior co-captain Ali Winkel and Lindsay Holdcroft look to lead the team through the ups and downs of ECAC Hockey and Ivy League play.  The offense has to fill the void left by the Class of 2013 as last year’s seniors accounted for 48 of the team’s 84 goals (57.1%).

The Green and White boast a strong core of second-year players led by Laura Stacey. Through the first 31 games of her collegiate career the Kleinburg, Ontario, native has eight tallies and a team-leading 17 assists. Stacey has six career multi-point games, including one this season. She is currently tied for the team lead with a trio of assists. Her 22 points last season were the most for a first-year player for the Big Green since Camille Dumais in 2009.  In fact, Stacey’s 25 points are the most in a career of any player on the roster. Another sophomore looking to produce is Lindsey Allen. The Toronto, Ontario, native leads the team with three goals and two power-play goals.

Dartmouth has scored first in each of their three games. A year ago, the team was 11-2-2 when scoring first. Twice this season the team has surrendered second period leads and once they’ve given up a third period lead. Last year the team was 15-0-1 when leading after two periods.

Dartmouth has seven new faces on the roster as freshmen Robyn Chemago, Eleni Tebano, Mackenzie St. Onge, Kennedy Ottenbreit, Devon Moir, Katy Ratty and Emma Korbs join the Big Green. Four forwards are making their collegiate debut as Moir, Ottenbreit, St. Onge and Ratty are looking to make an impact this winter. Korbs and Tebano look to see plenty of action on the blue line while Chemago adds depth at the goaltending position.

Dartmouth’s power play has scored a goal in each of the three games this season. The Green have gone 3-for-13 in 2013-14 with the man advantage and rank third in the conference with a power-play percentage of 23.1. Lindsey Allen has scored a pair of goals when a man up and freshman Katy Ratty has the other special-teams goal.

The Green and White’s penalty killers have started the season on a strong run, killing 12-of-13 penalties over the first three contests. They currently rank second in the conference when a man down, killing 92.9% percent of their penalties. The special teams ranked third in ECAC Hockey last season, killing 87.9% of opponents’ man-advantage opportunities in 2012-13. Last year, they were  the fourth-most penalized team in the league with 320 penalty minutes through 31 games. Through three games, the Big Green have 28 penalty minutes.

The Dartmouth offensive attack has scored two goals in all three games this season. A year ago, the Big Green scored two or more goals 21 times going 15-2-4. Last season Dartmouth allowed 2.29 goals a game while averaging 2.70. This season, Dartmouth is allowing over four markers a game.

Last season’s 7-2 senior-day victory over St. Lawrence on Feb. 23 2013, was the 600th in program history. In their 37th season, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team has averaged more than 16 wins a year since its inception as Hudak has been at the helm for 196 of those triumphs.

Friday’s contest with Big Green is the season opener for Princeton. In the preseason, the Tigers lost 4-2 to McGill and topped Brown 2-1 in a scrimmage. The Tigers will look for some new goal scorers on offense as they lost their top-two point producers to graduation. Kimberly Newell returns between the pipes for Princeton and looks to build on her successful freshman campaign, The top returning goal scorer from last year is junior Brianna Leahy, who had nine tallies in 2012-13.

The Big Green swept the season series with the Dutchwomen a year ago, outscoring Union, 9-0. In the first contest, Zoe Brennan registered her first career multi-goal game, leading the team to a 6-0 triumph.

After starting the season with a 3-0 shut out victory versus Robert Morris, RPI has gone 0-5-1 while being outscored 18-10. Four of those games have been decided by one goal with three being settled in overtime. Despite their record, the Engineers have outscored opponents 5-4 in the third period this season. RPI has a balanced offensive attack with four players tied for the team lead with two goals. Laura Horwood has a team-high four assists and five points. Between the pipes, Brianna Piper has a .923 save percentage and a 1.80 goals-against average in limited action while Kelly O’Brien has a save percentage of .893 and a goals-against average of 2.57 with a 1-4-1 record.

Dartmouth went 1-0-1 against RPI a year ago. The Engineers skated to a 2-1 victory at home and scored two third-period goals to force overtime and an eventual tie with the Big Green.

Dartmouth is 10-5-2 all-time and under Hudak against Rensselaer. The Big Green are 20-0-0 all-time versus Princeton, while posting the same mark under Hudak.