Dartmouth Set to Host 25th Ledyard Classic Sunday and Monday
Dartmouth (2-10-0) vs.
No. 5 Providence (12-2-3)
▶ Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Thompson Arena (4,500)
▶ All-Time Series: 10-14-0 (25th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Nov. 27, 2009 - W, 4-2 (Hanover)
▶ Streak: 2-0-0
Northeastern (10-5-2) OR Air Force (7-5-4)
▶ Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 ▶ 4/7 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ All-Time Series vs NU: 31-26-0 (58th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting vs. NU: Jan. 2, 2010 (Hanover) - L, 0-7
▶ All-Time Series vs AF: 5-0-0 (6th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting vs. AF: Dec. 27, 1998 (Hanover) - W, 8-1
▶ Streak vs. NU: 0-5-0 ▶ Streak vs. AF: 5-0-0
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2013-14 Media Materials
▶THE LEDYARD CLASSIC
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team returns from a three-game road trip and the winter break to host the 2013 Ledyard Classic at Thompson Arena on Sunday Dec. 29 and Monday Dec. 30. The Big Green will play Providence Sunday at 7 p.m. and either Northeastern or Air Force Monday at 4 or 7 p.m.
▶LAST TIME OUT
The Green and White succumbed to a third-period comeback by 10th-ranked Union on Dec. 11 in Schenectady, falling, 3-2, to the Dutchmen. The loss was the second straight for Dartmouth after wins against Harvard and Yale.
· Scouting Report: The Friars come into the Ledyard with a record of 12-2-3 after playing Army to a 4-1 win in the final collegiate game of the first half of the season on Friday, Dec. 20. A revived program since the arrival of head coach Nate Lehman three seasons ago, Providence ranks fifth in the nation in both major polls. Junior Ross Mauermann has been a force in the offensive end this season for Providence, leading the team in goals (12), assists (13) and points (25), while sharing the lead with three game winners so far. Perhaps the best goalie in the country resides in the Friars’ crease as sophomore and Calgary Flames draft pick Jon Gillies has posted a 10-1-3 record to go along with a .941 save percentage and a 1.88 goals-against mark. However, unfortunately for Providence, Gillies will not be in net during the two days in Hanover as he is in Sweden representing the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship.
· All-Time Against Providence: Sunday’s game will mark the 25th all-time meeting between the two New England programs with the Friars leading, 14-10-0. Dartmouth is 5-6-0 in those games played in Hanover, but is 2-0 against Providence in the Ledyard Classic setting in its three appearances (1987, 1994, 2004).
· Scouting Report: The Huskies make their first trip to Hanover since the 2009-10 season when they dispatched the Big Green in the Ledyard Classic. Northeastern won that early-January game, 7-0, before taking the title the following day with a 2-1 victory against UMass Lowell. This season, the team will take a 10-5-2 overall record into the two-day tournament with sophomore forward Kevin Roy leading the way. The second-year player has recorded 24 points on 13 goals and 11 assists in 17 games. The point and goal figures are the best on the team, while he trails only freshman Mike Szmatula’s 12 helpers to this point. In net, it’s been junior Clay Witt seeing action more than three-quarters of the time, posting an 8-2-2 record along with a .945 save percentage and a 1.97 goals-against mark, both stellar figures.
· All-Time Against Northeastern: Dartmouth holds a 31-26-0 all-time advantage against the Huskies. However, Northeastern is 2-0-0 against the Big Green in the Ledyard Classic (Auld Lang Syne Tournament) and 5-1-0 in those three appearances (1988, 1996, 2009-10).
▶AIR FORCE INFORMATION
· Scouting Report: The Falcons travel back to the East Coast for another two-game slate after having played to consecutive ties at Holy Cross on Dec. 6-7. In its most recent six games, Air Force is 0-2-4, pushing its overall mark to 7-5-4 headed into the winter break. Junior Chad Demers leads the team in all major offensive categories as he has seven goals, 12 assists for 19 points in 16 games played. Jason Torf, a senior netminder, has been in the Falcons’ crease for 91.9% of the time. In 900 minutes of action, Torf has a 2.67 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage while being the goalie of record in each of the team’s contests.
· All-Time Against Air Force: The Big Green have never lost to the Falcons in five previous all-time meetings (5-0-0). Air Force has participated in three previous Ledyard Classics (1979, 1984, 1998) and in all three instances have lost to the hosts as well its other opponents, posting an 0-6-0 all-time mark in Thompson Arena.
▶RECNTLY AT THE LEDYARD CLASSIC
Dartmouth has struggled as of late in its Holiday Tournament, last winning it in 2008. In each of the last two seasons, the Big Green have advanced to the Championship Game with wins on the first day, only to come up just short the following evening. Two years ago, St. Lawrence defeated Dartmouth with a three-round shootout victory, while UMass upset the then-No. 8 Big Green, 3-2, last season. The loss to the Minutemen came 24 hours after Dartmouth knocked-off No. 2 UNH, 4-1, in front of one of the biggest crowds in Thompson Arena history.
▶UPS AND DOWNS
After beating defending national champion and No. 8 Yale, 4-1, in New Haven on Dec. 6, the Big Green took two tough losses thanks to third-period comebacks at Brown (Dec. 7) and Union (Dec. 11). The Bears were able to overcome a 2-0 deficit to force overtime where they eventually won, while the Dutchmen turned a 2-1 third-period disadvantage into a 3-2 win as regulation ended just four days later.
▶FIRST-TIME GOAL SCORERS
Dartmouth has netted a pair of goals in each of the last two games. All four of those tallies came off the sticks of first-time scorers as sophomores Brad Schierhorn and Nick Bligh scored against Brown and junior Tyler Sikura and second-year defenseman Ryan Bullock netted markers inside Messa Rink.
▶STABILITY IN GOAL
Sophomore Charles Grant has emerged as the Big Green’s No. 1 goalie at this point in the season, having posted both of the team’s wins. Although saddled with losses in his last two appearances, Grant has 64 saves in that time. Since taking over on Nov. 20, the Nova Scotia native has gone 2-2 with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.
▶LEADING THE WAY
Another assist for Eric Neiley and the junior winger continues his strong 2013-14 campaign. With seven goals and 10 points, Neiley is on pace to break his career highs in both categories. Neiley scored seven and eight goals, respectively, in his first two seasons, while notching 18 and 17 points in those two campaigns.
▶STRONG PP AND PK EFFORTS
A late power-play goal for Union snapped Dartmouth’s streak of 15 consecutive successful penalty kills dating back to the third period of a Nov. 16 game at Quinnipiac. Sikura’s goal in the opening minutes of the first period in Schenectady was the first on the man-advantage for the Green since Nov. 15 at Princeton, snapping a skid of 11 straight chances.
▶THE STORY ABOUT THE 1ST AND 3RD PERIODS
In the last three games, Dartmouth has scored eight goals. Six of those have come in the first period and one in each of the subsequent stanzas (overtime not withstanding). The Green scored three in the opening period against Yale and two at Brown the next night. The team also scored once in the opening frame at Union, but has notched just one marker, an empty-netter in New Haven in that time, while allowing the Bears and Dutchmen to complete late-game comebacks.
▶AHEAD WITH HOCKEY EAST
If the second game of the Ledyard pits the Big Green against Northeastern, it will mean Dartmouth will play a Hockey East opponent in five straight games. After Providence and Monday’s yet-to-be determined opponent, the Green will be on the road at Vermont (Jan. 3) and Boston University (Jan. 8) before a game with UNH in Manchester on Jan. 11.
This marks the second regular-season tournament of 2013-14 for the Big Green as they opened the year in Newark at the Liberty Hockey Invitational at the Prudential Center.
All four games will be broadcast live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network. Dartmouth games will feature a television-quality broadcast with replay. Fans can follow the action of the other teams via their own radio feeds, while Chris Garrett will provide play-by-play on 99.3 WFRD for the Big Green. Live stats are also available through DartmouthSports.com.