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Dartmouth Big Green (6-4-2) at Providence Friars (8-8-4)
Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 - 2 p.m.
Providence, R.I. - Schneider Arena (3,030)

After a few weeks off, the Dartmouth women's hockey team is back in action with a New Year's Eve matinee in Providence. The Big Green and Friars meet at Schneider Arena at 2 p.m. 

Dartmouth returns to the ice after more than three weeks off for winter break. The Green last played on Dec. 9 in the second contest of a two-game weekend in Maine against the Black Bears, sweeping the home team with a 4-2 win in the finale.

After a three-game winless stretch (0-2-1), the team's offense returned in a big way in Orono, scoring 10 times in the two games. Camille Dumais led the way with seven points (4g/3a), including a hat trick in the first game and was rewarded as the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for her play against Maine.

Senior forward and team co-captain Reagan Fischer became the 35th player in program history to reach the 100-point mark when she picked up an assist on Jenna Hobeika's third-period goal on Sunday. It was her seventh helper of the year to give her a team-leading 15 points in 12 games played.

Dartmouth's six-goal effort in the Dec. 8 game at Maine was a new season high for team tallies in a game. The 14 total points registered that night tied a season high previously set at Yale on Nov. 2. The last time the Big Green scored six or more goals came back on Feb. 17, 2012 in a 10-5 win over Yale at Thompson Arena.

In that 6-1 win against the Black Bears, Dartmouth registered 61 shots on goal. Maine, on the other hand, finished the night with just 15 on target, a new low for a Big Green opponent this season. The last time Dartmouth had more than 50 shots on goal in a single game came on Jan. 28, 2012, also against the Elis in a 5-0 victory.

Providence enters the game with an 8-8-4 overall record and a 5-4-2 mark in Hockey East play. The Friars have lost their last three and have just one win in their last eight games (1-4-3). The last game before the break saw No. 5 Harvard hand Providence an 8-1 defeat in Cambridge. Leading the charge offensively is senior Nicole Anderson and her 20 points on a team-leading 12 goals. Her eight assists rank tied for second on the team, trailing only sophomore Brooke Simpson's nine. Freshman Sarah Bryant has backstopped the Friars in 15 games so far this year, sporting a 6-5-3 mark and a 2.98 goals-against average with one shutout.

These two programs met in a non-conference game a season ago played at Fenway Park in Boston. The historic ballpark was the backdrop for a Jan. 10 match-up that saw Dumais score the game-winning goal with just 1:14 left on the clock for the 3-2 victory.

The meeting last season at Fenway was the 50th in the all-time series between these two proud programs with the Friars holding a 28-21-1 advantage. However, since head coach Mark Hudak took over in 2003-04, Dartmouth is 9-0 against Providence, including two wins in his first season behind the Big Green bench. The team from the Upper Valley has won 15 of 17 against Providence dating back to the 1999-2000 season.

Associate Head Coach Holley Tyng is in her eighth season alongside Hudak on the Dartmouth bench, but is very familiar with the black and white of Providence. A four-year player with the Friars, Tyng is a 2001 graduate of the college with a degree in math and a minor in business. She was a captain as a senior and a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection, while suiting up in 133 career games.

Senior Sasha Nanji scored the eventual game-winner with just 3:07 remaining in the Sunday match-up in Orono to break a 2-2 tie with the Black Bears. It was her second goal of the season and couldn't have come at a better time, helping the team to its second weekend road sweep (Nov. 2-3/Yale and Brown) of 2012-13.

The 2 p.m. game on Dec. 31 marks the first time since 2006 that the Big Green played a contest on New Year's Eve. That night in Hanover, Dartmouth improved to 12-3-1, with a 2-1 win over Boston College. All three goals came in the first 13 minutes of play with future Olympian Gillian Apps scoring the eventual game-winning tally just 12:56 into the game. Prior to that night, Dartmouth played Russia to a 2-2 tie in an exhibition meeting on New Year's Eve in 2001 in Lake Placid.

Monday's matinee is the fifth straight road contest for the Big Green. In the midst of an eight-game road swing, Dartmouth has not played a home contest at Thompson Arena since Saturday, Nov. 24. The Green and White will head to RPI and Union on Friday (Jan. 4) and Saturday (Jan. 5) before a non-conference tilt at Vermont on Jan. 9 wraps up the six-and-a-half week road trip.  A Jan. 11 contest with Quinnipiac is the first home game of the new year for the Green.