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Big Green Host St. Lawrence and Clarkson in Final Homestand

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By Mark Washburn


Game 25

Dartmouth Big Green (7-16-1/ 6-11-1 ECAC Hockey) vs.
St. Lawrence Saints (10-16-3/ 9-6-3 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Feb. 14 - 7 p.m.
Hanover, N.H.– Thompson Arena

Game 26
Dartmouth Big Green vs.
No. 5 Clarkson Golden Knights (21-4-5/ 12-2-4 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Feb. 15 - 4 p.m.
Hanover, N.H.– Thompson Arena

The Dartmouth women’s hockey team wraps up its 2013-14 home slate this weekend, Feb. 14-15, welcoming ECAC Hockey rivals St. Lawrence and No. 5 Clarkson into Thompson Arena. Following Saturday afternoon’s tilt with the Golden Knights, the Big Green will honor seniors Lindsay Holdcroft, Ali Winkel and Lauren Kelly for their contributions to the program, both on and off the ice over the last four seasons. In the Upper Valley this year, Dartmouth is 5-6-1. The Green and White have earned a point or better at home in five of their last six tilts. With just four league contests left in 2014, every point counts for the Big Green in the race for the final playoff spot in the ECAC Hockey Tournament.

Most recently, head coach Mark Hudak’s team fell at home to No. 5 Harvard, 4-1. The game was much closer then the final score indicates as the Crimson netted a pair of goals with under a minute remaining in regulation. The markers, which were just 12 seconds apart, gave the Crimson a season sweep against Dartmouth. Trailing, 2-1, late in third and skating with an extra attacker the Big Green fought to tie the game before an errant pass was intercepted and led to Harvard’s Miye O’Dench scoring an empty-net goal. After the following faceoff, Hillary Crowe fired a rebound past Lindsay Holdcroft, who had just returned from Dartmouth’s bench. Both O’Dench’s and Crowe’s tallies were their second of the contest. Freshman Kennedy Ottenbreit scored her fifth marker of the season. Emma Korbs started the play with a pass behind her own net to Lauren Kelly who flipped a puck down ice that landed perfectly on Ottenbreit’s stick.


Check out the women's hockey weekend program for the Big Green's
final homestand of the season.

The contest marked the first time the Big Green had scored a goal on Crimson sophomore goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer in four games. The helper on Ottenbreit’s goal was her first of the season. Six of Korbs’ eight points this season have come in conference action. Before the tilt with the Crimson, Dartmouth had scored two or more goals in five straight home contests.

The Saints enter Friday evening’s contest with an overall record of 10-16-3 and a 9-6-3 mark in league tilts. St. Lawrence is in fifth place in the conference with 21 points, just one back of fourth-seeded Quinnipiac. Offensively, St. Lawrence is led by Mel Desrochers who leads the squad in goals (9), assists (19), points (28), power-play tallies (4) and game-winning goals (2). Rylee Smith is another weapon for the Saints as the senior also has nine goals, three of which have come on the power play. The balanced St. Lawrence attack has five players with 10 or more assists and four skaters with at least six markers. Between the pipes, Carmen MacDonald has a 10-10-3 mark with a goals-against average of 1.96 and save percentage of .935. The junior has recorded three shutouts this season, highlighted by stopping 24 shots in a 3-0 win versus No. 9 Quinnipiac last weekend.

Earlier in the year, the Saints skated to a 4-1 win at Appleton Arena. The turning point in the contest came with less than a minute remaining in the first period as St. Lawrence freshman Alex Moore scored back-to-back goals a mere 22 seconds apart to give the Saints a 3-0 lead. Freshman Mackenzie St. Onge scored the Green’s lone tally.

The fifth-ranked Golden Knights enter the weekend in third place in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 12-2-4 mark in league games and a 21-4-5 overall record. Since losing to North Dakota on Dec. 6, Clarkson is riding a 13-game unbeaten streak. During the run, the Golden Knights are 10-0-3, while skating to a pair of ties last weekend. Offensively, the potent attack has outscored their opposition, 111-36, through 30 games. Twenty-nine of those goals have come on the powerplay, while they’ve surrendered just eight on the penalty kill. Jamie Lee Rattray is Clarkson’s biggest offensive threat. The senior has 25 goals, 26 assists and 51 points. She has a team-leading seven power-play markers and four game winners. Erin Ambrose has 42 points from the blueline for the Golden Knights. The sophomore defenseman has 10 goals and 32 helpers. Between the pipes, Erica Howe has started all 30 games. The senior has a league-leading 1.17 goals-against average and a save percentage of .937. She has recorded 10 shutouts and has a 21-4-5 record.

In early November, Clarkson shutout Dartmouth, 3-0, at Cheel Arena. The Green and White had a strong game on the penalty kill, going a perfect 9-for-9. On the opposite end, the Big Green went 0-for-7 with the man advantage. The Clarkson penalty kill was stout as it didn’t allow the Big Green to get a shot on any of the seven chances while creating its own scoring opportunities.

Dartmouth is 30-27-2 all-time against St Lawrence, while skating to a 9-20-0 mark with Hudak at the helm. The Big Green are 12-10-4 all-time versus Clarkson and boast a 10-8-4 record under Hudak.

Heading into Friday evening’s matchup with the Saints, Dartmouth is in ninth place in the ECAC Hockey Standings with 13 points. The top-eight teams in the league advance to postseason play, and down the stretch the Big Green are one point back off eighth-place Rensselaer and two points behind seventh-seeded Yale. Dartmouth holds the tiebreaker over RPI having the swept the season series and the Big Green will face the Bulldogs in the final game of the regular season.

During their first year on campus, three of the four freshmen forwards have found the back of the net. Ottenbreit has five goals and pair of assists, while Katy Ratty and Mackenzie St. Onge have two goals apiece for the Big Green.

Defenseman Emma Korbs leads the Dartmouth first-year players with eight points on a goal and seven assists. Joining Korbs with strong offensive play from the blueline is Eleni Tebano, who has a tally and five helpers. The two members of the Class of 2017 have gained quality experience playing alongside Morgan Illikainen and Olivia Whitford.

The Dartmouth offensive attack is led by the Class of 2016. The five sophomores have accounted for 22 of the squad’s 43 goals and 26 of 64 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 51% of the Big Green’s goals and registered 45% of Dartmouth’s points.

Nine of Dartmouth’s last 13 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 six 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.

After skating together three of the last four weekends, the trio of Allen, Stacey and Catherine Berghuis have tallied 17 points over the last five contests.  The last time they played together, the sophomores combined for a goal and two assists in the loss at Princeton. Not to be outdone, the line of Karlee Odland, Winkel and Katy Ratty have amassed 17 points in the 13 games they’ve played together.

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.

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.

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.