Game 14

Dartmouth Big Green (2-11-0) vs.
Providence Friars (7-11-0)
Tuesday, Dec. 31 - 2 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena

The Dartmouth women’s hockey team returns to the ice after a 20-day layoff in mid-December. The Big Green welcome Providence to the Upper Valley for a New Year’s Eve matinee on Dec. 31. The tilt with the Friars marks the third of four straight against Hockey East opponents. At home this year, Dartmouth is 1-5-0 and 1-6-0 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.

Most recently, the Big Green went 0-2-0 versus regional rivals, surrendering a late lead on the road at New Hampshire in a 2-1 defeat before dropping an overtime thriller at home to Vermont, 1-0. In the opener, the Green and White jumped out to a 1-0 lead against the Wildcats as Lindsey Allen found the back of the net on the power play for the third time this season with Laura Stacey and Morgan Illikainen registering assists. Allen’s goal came in the first period and was the only tally for the Big Green over the two contests. UNH rallied scoring a goal in both the second and third periods. In the finale, Dartmouth fell to the Catamounts inside Thompson Arena. The loss marked the first time the Big Green have surrendered less then two goals and lost. The defeat also was the fourth time this year Dartmouth has been shutout. Senior co-captain Lindsay Holdcroft played well in defeat, stopping 24 of the 25 shot she faced.

Allen has three goals and an assist against Hockey East opponents this season. After missing three games, sophomore Laura Stacey returned to the lineup against UNH, registering her team-leading fourth assist of the season. Dartmouth has scored first in seven of their 13 games. Stacey also had a game-high six shots on goal versus UVM. Illikainen has three assists from the blueline when the Big Green are on the power play. No defenseman has scored a goal for the Green and White thus far.

Heading into December, Providence was riding a three-game winning streak. During their run, the Friars have outscored opponents, 15-5. After starting the season 4-3, Providence dropped seven in a row before topping Maine, 8-1, on Nov. 23. Against ECAC Hockey foes in 2013-14, the Friars are 2-4, having skated past Union and Brown. Last time out, PC fell to Yale, 5-1, at home. Offensively, Corinne Buie is second on the team with seven goals, while leading in assists (13), points (20) and power-play goals (5). Freshman Cassidy Carels has a team-best nine markers and other contributing forwards are Haley Frade and Molly Illikainen with seven assists, respectively. Between the pipes, Sarah Bennet is 7-7-0 with a save percentage of .833 and goals-against average of 3.06.

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. Through the first 38 games of her collegiate career, Laura Stacey has nine tallies and a team-leading 18 assists. Stacey has six career multi-point games, including one this season. 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 27 points are the most in a career of any player on the roster.

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, who leads the team with four assists, look to see plenty of action on the blueline while Chemago adds depth at the goaltending position. Ratty, St. Onge and Ottenbreit have all found the back of the net once through the first 11 contests.

The Green and White’s penalty killers have been playing well of late, killing their last 11 penalties. Dartmouth has allowed only two power-play goals at home this season. The last team to capitalize with the man advantage against the Big Green was No. 5 Harvard on Dec. 1. In that contest, the Crimson converted two of their three power-play opportunities. The Green currently rank third in the conference when a man down, killing 89.4 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 13 games, the Big Green have 138 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.

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 0-4 against the Hockey East. A year ago, the team was 5-0-1 in such contests. Allen has three goals and an assist in the four tilts versus Boston College, Northeastern, UNH and Vermont.

For the second straight season, Providence and Dartmouth will meet on New Year’s Eve. A year ago, the Big Green skated to a 4-2 victory as Forfar buried the game winner midway through the second period in Providence. Junior Sam Zeiss is the other returner to net a goal in the contest for Dartmouth. In net, Holdcroft made 32 saves in a winning effort for the Green and White.

Under Hudak, Dartmouth has won all 10 of its matchups with the Friars, however Providence leads the all-time series, 28-22-1.