Women's Hockey Hosts No. 5 Harvard on Friday at Thompson
Dartmouth Big Green (7-15-1/ 6-10-1 ECAC Hockey/1-5-1 Ivy) vs.
No. 5 Harvard Crimson (17-3-3/ 13-2-2 ECAC Hockey/5-1-1 Ivy)
Friday, Feb. 7 - 7 p.m.
Hanover, N.H.– Thompson Arena
The Dartmouth women’s hockey team returns to the friendly confines of Thompson Arena after an 0-2 weekend on the road in ECAC Hockey action versus Quinnipiac and Princeton. The Big Green have just one game this weekend, squaring off with No. 6 Harvard in the first of three straight home contests. In the Upper Valley this season, Dartmouth is 5-5-1 and currently riding a five-game unbeaten streak in front of its home crowd. With just five conference tilts left in 2014, every point counts for the Big Green in the playoff race.
Most recently, Dartmouth lost on the road to No. 9 Quinnipiac, 3-1, and Ancient Eight rival Princeton, 3-2. In the opener, Big Green senior goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft played a strong contest between the pipes. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native kept a potent Quinnipiac offense at bay, making several point-blank stops throughout the game. The co-captain made 25 saves in a losing effort, while her counterpart, Chelsea Laden, stopped 15 of the 16 shots she faced. Freshman defenseman Emma Korbs scored her first collegiate tally with Karlee Odland and Katy Ratty picking up assists. In the finale in the Garden State, a late third-period rally fell short at Hobey Baker Memorial Rink versus the Tigers. Princeton scored a pair of third-period goals to sweep the season series with the Green. Trailing by two late in the third, Dartmouth pulled within one as Eleni Tebano scored on the power play. Sophomore Lindsey Allen set the play up with a nice centering pass and Tebano fired a shot from the slot past Princeton netminder Kimberly Newell. Trailing, 3-2, the Big Green caught a break as Newell was whistled for high sticking. With an empty net and the extra attacker, the Big Green’s last-ditch effort fell by the wayside as a pass from the corner went untouched and out of the offensive zone as time expired.
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Allen had her seventh multi-point game of the season against Princeton on Saturday afternoon. The Toronto, Ontario, native has now registered at least a point in four of the last five contests. Both Korbs and Tebano scored their first collegiate goals. Laura Stacey scored the Green’s first goal, her fourth of her sophomore campaign, versus the Tigers.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
The Crimson enter the game ranked No. 5 in the country with a record of 17-3-3 overall and 13-2-2 in ECAC Hockey play. Harvard is atop the conference standings with 28 points. In Ancient Eight play, the Crimson are in second place with a 5-1-1 mark. Offensively, the explosive Harvard attack is led by sophomore Miye D'Oench. The second-year forward leads the team in goals (12) and points (21). Through 23 games this season, the Crimson have outscored their opponents, 65-30. Hillary Crowe is third on the team with 18 points, while Samantha Reber and Mary Parker are tied for second with 19 points. Crowe has potted 10 markers, including a trio of game winners, while Reber has a team-best 14 assists. Between the pipes, reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Emerance Maschmeyer is having another record-setting season. Maschmeyer has 13 wins and a conference leading .949 save percentage. The sophomore netminder also boasts a 1.51 goals-against average and five shutouts
VS. HARVARD EARLIER THIS SEASON
Earlier in the year, Harvard skated to a 5-0 win at the Bright Hockey Center. The triumph was the fourth straight by the Crimson at home over the Big Green. When the two Ivy rivals met a season ago in Hanover, they played to a 2-2 tie, in a nationally televised tilt.
Dartmouth leads the all-time series, 44-41-4. With head coach Mark Hudak at the helm, the Big Green are 7-17-2 versus the Crimson.
ONE GOAL GAMES
Nine of Dartmouth’s last 12 games have all been decided by one goal or less. During that period, Dartmouth is 4-4-1, picking up wins against RPI, Union, Providence and Yale. In 2013-14, the Big Green have had 12 games, including seven in conference play, decided by a goal or less.
Seven different players have registered multi-point games for the Big Green this season. Allen leads the way with seven, including three in her last five appearances. Laura Stacey is second on the team with three, while Karlee Odland has two games with more than a point. Ali Winkel, Morgan Illikainen, Berghuis and Korbs all have a game with two or more points.
TOP OF THE LINE
After skating together for the third consecutive weekend, the trio of Allen, Stacey and Catherine Berghuis have tallied 17 points over the last five contests. The sophomores combined for a goal and two assists in the loss at Princeton. Not to be outdone, the line of Karlee Odland, Ali Winkel and Katy Ratty have amassed 17 points in the 13 games they’ve played together.
Heading into Friday’s game with the Crimson, the Green and White are tied for the eighth and final playoff spot with Rensselaer. Dartmouth has played one more conference game thus far and both squads have earned the 13 points in league play. Should the season end today, the Big Green would advance to the tournament thanks to a season sweep of the Engineers.
The Dartmouth offensive attack is led by the Class of 2017. The five sophomores have accounted for 22 of the squad’s 42 goals and 26 of 62 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 52% of the Big Green’s goals and registered 46% of Dartmouth’s points.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW
During their first collegiate campaign, the six freshmen skaters have played well. defenseman Emma Korbs leads the first-year players with seven points. Kennedy Ottenbreit has four tallies and a pair of assists, while Korbs has six helpers and a marker 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.