Dartmouth Big Green (2-9-0) vs.
New Hampshire Wildcats (6-9-2)
Sunday, Dec. 8 - 2 p.m.
Durham, N.H. – Whittemore Center
Dartmouth Big Green (2-9-0) vs.
Vermont Catamounts (7-7-4)
Wednesday, Dec. 11 - 7 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
The Dartmouth women’s hockey team returns to the ice for its last two contests before a 20-day layoff in December. The Big Green open on the road at in-state rival New Hampshire on Dec. 8 then return to the Upper Valley for a home game with Vermont on Dec. 11. The tilt with the Wildcats marks the first of four straight against Hockey East opponents. At home this year, Dartmouth is 1-4-0 and 1-5-0 on the road. In 2012-13, head coach Mark Hudak’s squad was 7-2-4 inside Thompson Arena. In league play, Dartmouth was 6-2-3 in front of its home crowd a year ago.
LAST TIME OUT
Most recently, the Big Green went 0-2-0 versus teams from the Bay State, dropping an overtime thriller at home to Northeastern, 2-1, and an ECAC Hockey and Ivy League showdown at No. 5 Harvard, 5-0. In the opener, the Green and White jumped out to a 1-0 lead against the Huskies as Karlee Odland found the back of the net with Lindsey Allen and Ali Winkel registering assists. Dartmouth would hold the lead until 13 minutes into the final period as Hayley Scamurra potted a goal to knot the contest at one. In overtime, Northeastern outshot Dartmouth, 4-1, and Kelly Wallace scored the game winner for the visitors with under two minutes left. In the finale, Dartmouth fell to the Crimson inside the Bright-Landry Hockey Center despite holding a 25-19 advantage in shots on goal. Freshman Kennedy Ottenbreit led the offensive attack for the team from the Upper Valley with a game-high four shots on goal.
Allen’s first-period assist versus Northeastern marked the third straight game in which she registered at least one point. Holdcroft’s 40 saves against the Huskies was the second-highest single-game total of her career and it was the third time the senior co-captain has made 40 or more saves in a Dartmouth sweater. Since becoming linemates, Odland, Winkel and Allen have combined for a pair of goals and four assists in three games.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
New Hampshire enters with a record of 6-9-2 overall and 2-3-2 in conference play. Entering a Friday night tilt with Harvard, the Wildcats have lost five in a row, while being outscored, 12-5. At home this year, UNH is 2-5-1, winning their last contest, 4-2, against Providence in Durham. Versus ECAC Hockey teams in 2013-14, New Hampshire is 1-3, picking up a 2-1 victory at St. Lawrence in its second game of the year. Offensively, Nicole Gofford leads the team in goals (6), power-play goals (3) and points (12). The senior is also tied with a trio of teammates with a squad-best six assists. Junior Hannah Armstrong and freshman Cassandra Vilgrain each have scored four tallies and dished out five helpers through 17 games.. Between the pipes, Vilma Vaattovaara has seen action in 10 games this year, recording five of the team’s wins. Vaattovaara boasts a .919 save percentage with a 2.37 goals-against average.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS
Vermont enters the Upper Valley with a 7-7-4 record. On Wedneday evening, the Catamounts will be playing their first game in 10 days. Last time out, UVM traveled to Colgate and tied both tilts, 2-2, in a weekend series. Against ECAC Hockey teams this year, Vermont is 2-0-2, having topped Brown and Rensselaer on the road. Away from home in 2013-14, the Catamounts are 6-4-2 and riding a five-game unbeaten streak. Offensively, junior Amanda Pelker leads the team in goals (12) and points (21), while classmate Brittany Zuback has a team-high 13 assists. Zuback’s seven goals are also tied for second on the team with Dayna Colang. Between the pipes, Roxanne Douville and Madison Litchfield have split time this season. Douville has appeared in 13 games, earning a 4-4-3 record with a save percentage of .913 and a goals-against average of 2.85. Litchfield has a mark of 3-3-1 with an .862 save percentage and a 3.76 goals-against average.
ON THE BRINK
The Big Green are approaching some milestones as Hudak has 198 wins and counting as the team’s head coach. Lindsay Holdcroft has 49 career triumphs in net for Dartmouth and is looking to become the fifth goaltender in program history to earn 50 victories. Holdcroft has made her mark on the program, ranking in the top-five all-time in saves, save percentage, games, goals-against average and wins.
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 just one this year. Of the 20 players on the roster, 13 are underclassmen, as senior co-captains Ali Winkel and 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 Lindsey Allen. The Toronto, Ontario, native leads the team this year with five goals, two of which were power-play markers. Allen has also registered points in three-of-the-last four games. After scoring just one tally as a freshman, Catherine Berghuis has burst on the scene in 2013-14, potting a trio of goals. When the winger nets a goal this season, the Big Green are 2-1.
WITH THE MAN-ADVANTAGE
Dartmouth’s power play has scored a goal in five games this season. The Green have gone 5-for-49 in 2013-14 with the man advantage and rank 10th in the conference with a power-play percentage of 10.4 %. Allen has scored a pair of goals when a man up, freshman Katy Ratty and Berghuis have one apiece and Karlee Odland netted the game winner versus RPI for the other special-teams goal. Last weekend, the Green and White went 0-for-10.
After starting the season on a strong run, killing 39-of-41 penalties, the Green and White’s penalty killers have struggled of late. Dartmouth has allowed two or more power-play goals in two-of-the-last three contests. Two weeks ago, the Big Green surrendered a trio of man-up markers against a potent Cornell attack. After holding the Huskies scoreless in six opportunities, the Crimson netted two power-play tallies. The Green currently rank fifth in the conference when a man down, killing 87.3 percent of their penalties. The special-teams unit 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 11 games, the Big Green have 116 penalty minutes. Laura Stacey netted the team’s first short-handed goal in over a year, breaking out and finishing to give Dartmouth a two-goal lead in the third period against Rensselaer.
600 & COUNTING
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 197 of those triumphs.
Dartmouth will take a month-long hiatus from conference play through mid-December and early January with four straight games versus Hockey East opponents. This season, the Big Green are 0-2 against the Hockey East. A year ago, the team was 5-0-1 in such contests. Allen has two goals and an assist in the two tilts versus Boston College and Northeastern.
LAST YEAR VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE
In 2012-13, Dartmouth edged UNH, 3-2, inside Thompson Arena. Laura Stacey scored to give the Big Green a lead early in the second period and Lindsey Allen added the eventual game winner with just 18 seconds left in the second stanza. Holdcroft made 23 saves in a winning effort.
LAST YEAR VS. VERMONT
Last season, Dartmouth skated to a 4-2 victory against their regional rival inside Gutterson Fieldhouse. Three of the four Big Green goal scorers in the contest were freshmen as Laura Stacey, Lindsey Allen and Ailish Forfar each found the back of the net. Odland added a marker as well and Holdcroft turned aside 22 shots to earn the victory.
Dartmouth is 14-35-3 all-time against New Hampshire and 7-7-1 under Hudak. The Big Green are 36-3-0 all-time versus Vermont, while posting a perfect 11-0-0 mark under Hudak.