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Big Green Head to Boston for League Tilt with No. 5 Harvard Friday

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By Mark Washburn

Game 9 
Dartmouth (4-2-2, 3-2-1 ECAC Hockey, 3-1-0 Ivy) at
Harvard (7-1-0, 6-0-0 ECAC Hockey, 4-0-0 Ivy)

Friday, Nov. 30 - 7 PM
Cambridge, Mass. - Bright Hockey Center (2,850)


The Big Green make the annual trip down to Cambridge for a Friday night meeting with No. 5 Harvard with game time slated for 7 p.m. Dartmouth is playing its first contest away from Thompson Arena in nearly a month as it wrapped up a four-game homestand last weekend with a 2-2 tie against Colgate.

The match-up with the Crimson should prove a solid test for the Green as they look to get back on track following an 0-1-1 home weekend with Cornell and Colgate in the days following Thanksgiving. Harvard currently leads the Ivy League with a perfect 4-0 mark and is second in ECAC Hockey with 12 points (6-0-0). The Green and White are currently sixth in the league standings with seven points on the strength of a 3-2-1 record.

Dartmouth's last three games (0-1-2) have all needed overtime. So far in the entire month of November (6 games), the Big Green have played four overtime contests (1-1-2), including a 5-4 win at Yale on Nov. 2. In the two contests that did not need the extra period, Dartmouth was 2-0, defeating Brown, 1-0, on Nov. 3 and New Hampshire, 3-2, on Nov. 6.

So far this month, the Big Green have taken to the ice against six opponents. In all six games, the teams either played to a draw or the score was separated by just one goal. The team edged out three straight one-goal games to start off November before ties with No. 5 Boston College and Colgate sandwiched a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 2 Cornell.

Against Colgate, both Big Green goals had a similar look on the scoresheet. It wasn't the player that finished the play that was alike on each, but rather the two members of the team that set up the goals. On each, senior defenseman Margaux Sharp and freshman forward Laura Stacey were credited with helpers. Sharp had the primary assist on both tallies, while Stacey earned her team-leading sixth and seventh assists of the year against the Raiders.

This season, senior captain Reagan Fischer has a knack of finding the back of the net when her team needs it the most. In both of the team's ties, it was a Fischer goal that forced the draw. Against BC, it was a wrist shot from the circle in the final minutes to send the game to overtime, while most recently, the Irma, Alberta, native tied the game 11:47 into the second period against Colgate that eventually helped Dartmouth earn the hard-fought point in the league standings.

It took until the seventh game of the season, but senior Sally Komarek finally got on the scoreboard with her first goal of the season against Colgate. Finishing off a play from Sharp and Stacey, Komarek tied the game at 1-1 with just 1:11 remaining in the first period.  It was her first goal since Feb. 17, 2012 when her fourth tally of the year made it 7-1 midway through the second period against Yale.

One of the top teams in the country, the fifth-ranked Crimson are led offensively by senior Jillian Dempsey and her 17 points. Her eight goals and nine assists are also team-leading figures in 2012-13. Dempsey (sister of Big Green men's forward, Connor) is fourth in the nation with 2.12 points per game this season. In the defensive zone, the goaltending duo of Laura Bellamy and Emerance Maschmeyer have been outstanding so far as both boast a 0.75 goals-against average and save percentages above.950. The Crimson are now 7-1-0 overall after a Wednesday night road win at non-conference and ninth-ranked Northeastern, 3-1.

Junior goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft did her part last weekend as she held opponents to just two goals apiece. Playing a combined 128:38 of action against No. 2 Cornell and Colgate, the Pittsburgh native stopped 51-of-55 shots she faced, including 28 against the Big Red. Her goals-against average dropped from 2.41 to 2.23 in the two games.

2011-12 vs. THE CRIMSON
These two teams split the season-series with one another in 2011-12 as each won once in the other's building. Dartmouth went to Cambridge on Nov. 23 and came out 3-2 winners in the first meeting. Harvard returned the favor a week later on Nov. 30, handing the Big Green a 2-1 loss in Thompson.

Overall, Dartmouth is 44-37-3 all-time against Harvard, but is just 7-13-1 against the Crimson since head coach Mark Hudak took over the program in 2003-04.

The meeting with Harvard on Friday marks the first of an eight-game road trip that will stretch the course of 42 days through a Jan. 9 contest in Burlington at Vermont.

Following the match-up with Harvard, Dartmouth will head back to Boston next week for a Wednesday night tilt at Northeastern. A two-game series at Maine (Dec. 8-9) and a New Year's Eve matinee at Providence round out 2012 for the Big Green.

The tie with Colgate marked the 100th time that Sharp and fellow senior Camile Dumais wore the Dartmouth uniform in game action. Joining Fischer (106) and Jenna Hobeika (109), Sharp notched two points in her 100th career game, while Dumais had two shots on goal. It won't take long for another player to join the club as Friday's tilt at the Bright Hockey Center will be the 100th for senior defenseman Sasha Nanji. Three other Big Green players are approaching the milestone and have played 90 or more games.

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