Dartmouth Big Green (7-13-1/ 5-8-1 ECAC Hockey/1-4-1 Ivy) at
No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats (16-4-6/ 7-3-4 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Jan. 31 - 7 p.m.
Hamden, Conn. – TD Bank Sports Center
Dartmouth Big Green at
Princeton Tigers (10-8-3/ 6-6-2 ECAC Hockey/3-2-0 Ivy)
Saturday, Feb. 1 - 4 p.m.
Princeton, N.J. – Hobey Baker Rink
Dartmouth hits the road riding a season-long three-game winning streak in ECAC Hockey action traveling to Connecticut and New Jersey to square off with No. 9 Quinnipiac and Princeton. The tilt with the nationally ranked Bobcats is set for Friday at 7 p.m. and the contest with the Tigers gets underway Saturday at 4 p.m. On the road this season, the Big Green are 2-8-0, however, both of those victories came in league play. A year ago, the Green and White opened the year on this road swing going 1-1-0.
Most recently, Dartmouth swept its first conference homestand since February of last season with come-from-behind wins over Rensselaer and Union. In the opener versus RPI, Big Green netminder Lindsay Holdcroft stopped 29 of the 30 shots she faced and the top line of Laura Stacey, Lindsey Allen and Catherine Berghuis produced two goals and two assists in a 2-1 triumph. Allen continued her strong play against the Dutchwomen, netting a pair of goals in the third period to lead the Green to a 4-3 victory.
Holdcroft has been between the pipes for all seven of Dartmouth’s wins this year. Berghuis had her first career multi-point game against the Engineers, registering a pair of assists. Allen has scored all three game winners during the Big Green’s winning streak. The team from the Upper Valley has scored power-play tallies in two of their last three games.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Quinnipiac enters the weekend with a 16-4-6 record and a 7-3-4 mark in conference play. Since riding a six-game unbeaten streak from the end of November to the beginning of January, the Bobcats have struggled of late going 1-2-1 over their last four. The Big Green have had some success of late in the Nutmeg State, taking two out of the last three of Quinnipiac. Offensively, the Bobcats are led by Kelly Babstock, who is second in the league in points (37) and third in goals (15). Shiann Darkangelo leads the team with 16 goals, while Emma Woods and Nicole Connery each have 10 helpers. Between the pipes, Chelsea Laden is 14-4-6 with a goals-against average of 1.29 and save percentage of .933. Laden ranks second in the conference in goals against and third in save percentage.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Princeton enters a Friday night tilt at Harvard with a 10-8-3 overall mark, while posting a 6-6-2 record in ECAC Hockey play. The Tigers are also 3-2-0 in Ivy League contests. Princeton is coming off a 6-1 midweek thumping of Penn State at Hobey Baker Rink. Over their last three conference games, the Tigers are 0-2-1 suffering losses at Quinnipiac and Union, while skating to a 4-4 tie at Rensselaer. Deanna Laing and Sally Butler pace the offensive attack for Princeton. Laing leads the team in points (17), goals (9) and short-handed goals (3), while Butler has 15 points and a team-high 11 assists. In net, Kimberly Newell is 8-8-3 on the year. Newell a .902 save percentage with a 2.86 goals-against average.
VS. QUINNIPIAC EARLIER THIS SEASON
Dartmouth fell, 4-2, to Quinnipiac in the Upper Valley back on October 26. Freshman Robyn Chemago got her first collegiate start in goal for the Big Green in the contest. Kennedy Ottenbreit and Lindsey Allen found the back of the net for the Green, while Morgan Fritz-Ward scored the game winner late in the second for the Bobcats.
VS. PRINCETON EARLIER THIS SEASON
The Tigers scored a pair of third-period markers en route to a 3-2 victory at Thompson Arena. The loss snapped Dartmouth’s two-game winning streak versus Princeton. Berghuis and freshman Katy Ratty each scored for the Big Green, while Cassidy Tucker, Laing and Hillary Lloyd scored for Princeton. Lloyd’s game winner is her only goal thus far in 2013-14. Holdcroft made 27 saves in a losing effort and Newell stopped 28 shots to earn the w.
Dartmouth is 10-5-2 all-time and under Hudak versus Quinnipiac. The Big Green are 31-40-6 all-time against Princeton, while posting a 12-7-2 mark with Hudak as the bench boss.
TOP OF THE LINE
After skating together for the second consecutive weekend, the trio of Allen, Stacey and Berghuis have tallied 14 points over the last three contests. The sophomores combined for four goals and four assists, including both game winners, in a pair of wins against RPI and Union. Not to be outdone, the line of Karlee Odland, Ali Winkel and Katy Ratty have amassed 14 points in the 11 games they’ve played together.
Entering this weekend, Dartmouth is tied for eighth-place in the league with Rensselaer. The Big Green and Engineers each have 13 points and will not meet against this season. The Green and White hold the head-to-head edge by completing a season sweep of RPI last weekend. The top-eight teams in the conference advance to the ECAC Hockey Tournament and the Big Green are looking to advance to postseason play for the fourth year in a row.
ONE GOAL GAMES
Eight of Dartmouth’s last 10 games have all been decided by one goal or less. During that period, Dartmouth is 4-3-1, picking up wins against RPI, Union, Providence and Yale. In 2013-14, the Big Green have had 11 games, including six in conference play, decided by a goal or less.
Allen, Stacey and Berghuis each have a scored a point or more in three consecutive games. During that span, Allen has had a pair of multi-point games, while Stacey and Berghuis have had one apiece. Winkel, Odland and Ottenbreit have had a point or better in two out of their last three appearances.
The Dartmouth offensive attack is led by the Class of 2017. The five sophomores have accounted for 21 of the squad’s 39 goals and 24 of 57 assists. All this is being done without Ailish Forfar, who injured herself before the season even began. The quintet of second-year skaters have scored 54% of the Big Green’s goals and registered 47% of Dartmouth’s points.
During their first collegiate campaign, the six freshmen skaters have played well. Ottenbreit and defenseman Emma Korbs lead the first-year players with six points apiece. Ottenbreit has four tallies and a pair of assists, while Korbs has six helpers from the blueline. Ratty and Mackenzie St. Onge have two goals apiece for the Big Green in their first year on campus.
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.
MAKING HIS MARK
The 5-4 come-from-behind victory against Yale on Jan. 10 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.
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 200 of those triumphs.