Dartmouth Big Green (3-12-0/2-7-0 ECAC Hockey/0-3-0 Ivy) vs.
Yale Bulldogs (5-9-1/3-4-1 ECAC Hockey/0-2-0 Ivy)
Friday, Jan. 10 - 7 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
Dartmouth Big Green vs.
Brown Bears (1-11-3/0-7-1 ECAC Hockey/0-2-0 Ivy)
Saturday, Jan. 11 - 4 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
After four straight contests against Hockey East opponents, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team returns to conference play. The Big Green welcome ECAC Hockey and Ivy League rivals Yale and Brown into Thompson Arena, Jan. 10-11. All three squads are still in search of their first Ancient Eight win this season and Dartmouth is looking to end a two-game ECAC Hockey losing streak. At home in 2013-14, the Green and White are 2-5-0, having topped Colgate and Providence.
LAST TIME OUT
Most recently, Dartmouth fell on the road to No. 8 Boston University, 3-2. The tilt marked the sixth time this season the Green squared off with a top-ten opponent. Twice the team battled back from one-goal deficits before falling inside Walter A. Brown Arena. Sarah Lefort netted her team-best 11th goal of the season at 8:18 of the second period for the Terriers to give the home team a one-goal edge over the Big Green. In the third period, both teams were scoreless as Dartmouth outshot BU, 8-7. Karlee Odland and Kennedy Ottenbreit tallied goals for the Big Green in the game and freshman Robyn Chemago made 28 saves, including the final 12 she faced, in a losing effort.
LAST WEEK’S TAKEAWAYS
The win against Providence College on New Year’s Eve was the 199th for Mark Hudak as Dartmouth’s head coach. Ottenbreit has scored in two straight games and her power-play tally against the Friars was her first career special-teams goal. Ali Winkel’s game-winning goal on the 31st was the second of her career. Zoe Brennan’s game-tying marker against PC was her first since netting a pair against Union in January of last season.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale enters the game with a 5-9-1 overall record and a 2-5-0 mark in ECAC Hockey play. The Bulldogs, like Brown and Dartmouth, are winless in Ivy League action. Yale has won two of its last three, topping Providence and Colgate before falling to No. 3 Cornell. On the road this season, the Bulldogs are 2-2-0. Offensively, the Bulldogs are led by reigning ECAC Hockey Freshman of the Month Phoebe Staenz. Staenz leads the team in goals (7), assists (9), points (16) and shorthanded goals (2). Other players that are threats are forwards Krista Yip-Chuck and Janelle Ferrara. Yip-Chuck is second on the team with six goals and Ferarra is second with eight helpers. The youthful attack is led by a bevy of freshmen and sophomores. Between the pipes, Jamie Leonoff has appeared in all 15 games earning a record of 5-9-1 with a goals-against average of 3.22 and a save percentage of .918. The junior netminder has also recorded one shutout this year.
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SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown begins the weekend with a 1-11-3 record and a 0-5-1 mark in conference play. The Bears are riding a 13-game winless streak after defeating RIT, 2-1, in their third game of the season. Since the win, Brown has played to a trio of ties, highlighted by earning a point against conference foe Clarkson on Nov. 1. Offensively, a pair of juniors lead the Bears attack as Janice Yang is tied with a team-best four goals and Sarah Robson is second on the team with five assists. Freshman Erin Conway leads the squad in points (9) and assists (6). Like Dartmouth, Brown’s season-best for goals in a game is three, which they’ve achieved twice. Between the pipes, Aubree Moore has seen action in 14 of 15 games this year. Moore has a 2.74 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. The senior ranks seventh in ECAC Hockey in save percentage and second with 449 saves.
Lindsay Holdcroft turned aside 28 of the 30 shots she faced earlier this week to earn the victory against Providence. The win placed Holdcroft in hallowed territory as she became just the fifth goaltender in program history to register 50 or more wins. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native has made her mark on the program, ranking in the top-five all-time in saves, save percentage, games, goals-against average and wins.
The last four Dartmouth games have each been decided by one goal. During that period, the Big Green are 1-3, with the lone win coming at home against Providence thanks to a trio of third-period tallies. This season, Dartmouth has had seven games, including two in conference play decided by one goal.
Jan. 10-11 marks the first of seven consecutive conference weekends for Dartmouth to end the season. Over the next month and a half the Green will play seven times in front of their home crowd and six road contests. Last year once entering conference-only play, Dartmouth finished 7-3-3. This year’s squad is looking for another strong finish.
Entering this weekend, Dartmouth is in 10th place in the league. However, just three points separate the No. 7 spot (Yale) from the No. 11 spot (Colgate). Anything could happen down the stretch and Dartmouth is looking to jump into the top-eight and qualify for ECAC Hockey tournament for the fourth year in a row.
LAST YEAR VS. YALE
A year ago, Dartmouth swept the season series, winning a 5-4 contest in Connecticut, while scoring a 4-2 win at home.
LAST YEAR VS. BROWN
Last season, Dartmouth swept the season series for the seventh year in a row. The Big Green shutout the Bears in both contests, skating to a 1-0 victory in Providence and registering a 2-0 triumph in Hanover.
Dartmouth leads the all-time series with Yale 68-4-2 and is an impressive 20-1-1 under Hudak. The Big Green have a 41-28-8 record against Brown, while posting a 16-2-2 mark during Hudak’s tenure.
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.