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Big Green Hit the Road in ECAC Hockey Play

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By Mark Washburn


Game 18

Dartmouth Big Green (4-12-1/ 3-7-1 ECAC Hockey/1-3-1 Ivy) at
No. 3 Cornell Big Red (13-1-3/ 8-0-2 ECAC Hockey/4-0-1 Ivy)
Friday, Jan. 17 - 7 p.m.
Ithaca, N.Y. – Lynah Rink

Game 19
Dartmouth Big Green at
Colgate Raiders (5-15-2/ 2-8-0 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Jan. 18 - 4 p.m.
Hamilton, N.Y. – Starr Rink

After its most successful weekend in conference play in 2013-14, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team hits the road. The Big Green travel to the Empire State to square off with No. 3 Cornell and Colgate. Down the stretch, all of Dartmouth’s games will be conference contests as the team from the Upper Valley looks to make a postseason push. On the road this season, the Green are 1-7-0, with the lone win coming in league play at Rensselaer.

Most recently, Dartmouth picked up three points and moved up the ECAC Hockey standings going 1-0-1 at home versus Yale and Brown. The Big Green offense exploded for eight goals over the two games. In the opener, senior co-captain Ali Winkel broke a four all tie with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation to help top Yale, 5-4. In the finale, Dartmouth and Brown skated to a 3-3 tie.

The three points in a conference weekend are the most for the Green and White since sweeping Yale and Brown at home in February of last season. Freshman Kennedy Ottenbreit scored on the power play against Brown and has found the back of the net in three of the last four games. Sophomores Lindsey Allen and Laura Stacey each had multi-point games for the second time this season. Allen netted a pair against the Bulldogs and Stacey had two markers in the same contest.

No. 3 Cornell enters Friday evenings contest with a record of 13-1-3 overall and 8-0-2 in ECAC Hockey play. Since losing to Boston College on Nov. 30, the Big Red are riding a five-game unbeaten streak. In league play, Cornell has skated to ties with nationally ranked Harvard and Quinnipiac. The Big Red haven’t lost in a conference tilt since Feb. 8 of last season. Offensively, a trio of upperclassmen pace the potent attack. Jillian Saulnier, Emily Fulton and Jessica Campbell each have 25 or more points. Saulnier has a team-high 15 goals and 29 points, Fulton leads the way with 17 assists and Campbell has nine tallies and 16 helpers. Between the pipes, Lauren Slebodnick is a perfect 11-0-3 this season with a pair of shutouts. The senior has a goals-against average of 2.18 with a save percentage of .915.

Dating back to January of 2010, Dartmouth is riding a seven-game unbeaten streak versus Colgate. The Raiders haven’t won versus the Big Green at home since 2009. Colgate begins the weekend with a record of 5-15-2 and 2-8-0 in ECAC Hockey action. The Raiders are 1-6-2 at home this season with their lone winning coming against Union on Nov. 8. Miriam Drubel and Taylor Volpe lead the offensive attack for Colgate. The duo are tied for a team-best six goals and Drubel leads the squad with eight assists. Volpe has four goals in the last four games, including two game winners. In goal, Brittney Brooks has a record of 3-7-1 with 270 saves. The junior netminder also has a 2.29 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.

Earlier this year, the two Ancient Eight rivals exploded for a four goal first period as the Big Red won, 4-2. Lindsey Allen and Catherine Berghuis netted markers for the Big Green. Cornell capitalized on the power play, scoring three man-up tallies.

In mid-November, Dartmouth skated to a 2-1 victory against the Raiders in Hanover. Berghuis opened the scoring for the Big Green and Allen broke a 1-1 tie in the third period. Kayla Haus scored the lone tally for Colgate. Lindsay Holdcroft stopped 23 shots to pick up the win, while Brittney Brooks made 24 saves in a losing effort.

Dartmouth is 31-5-3 all-time against Colgate with a 21-5-3 record under Hudak. The Big Green are 41-28-7 versus Cornell and 13-8-2 with Hudak at the helm.

Lindsay Holdcroft turned aside 28 of the 30 shots she faced on New Year’s Eve 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.

Last weekend’s come-from-behind victory against the Bulldogs was the 200th for Mark Hudak as Dartmouth’s head coach. Hudak became the first coach in program history to reach the 200-win plateau. Entering the season, Hudak was tied with George Crowe with 196 wins on the Big Green bench. It took Crowe 12 seasons to reach that total and Hudak just 10.

The Green and White’s last six games have all been decided by one goal or less. During that period, Dartmouth is 2-3-1, picking up wins against Providence and Yale. In 2013-14, the Big Green have had nine games, including four in conference play, decided by a goal or less.

Entering this weekend, Dartmouth is in ninth place in the league with seven points and on the outside looking in for postseason play. The top-eight teams in the conference advance to the ECAC Hockey Tournament and the Big Green are two points back of Yale and RPI, who are tied for seventh with nine points.

Jan. 10-11 marked the first of seven consecutive conference weekends of ECAC Hockey action 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.

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 200 of those triumphs.