Dartmouth (4-15-3, 3-11-1) vs.
Harvard (6-12-3, 3-9-3)
▶ Fri., Feb. 7, 2014 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Cambridge, Mass.
▶ Bright-Landry Hockey Center (2,850)
▶ All-Time Series: 62-128-12 (203rd Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Nov. 30, 2013 - W, 2-1 (Hanover)
▶ Streak: 3-0-0
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2013-14 Digital Press Box
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team will be on the road Friday night to take on Harvard in Cambridge. The Big Green and Crimson are set to drop the puck inside Bright-Landry Hockey Center at 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
After a humbling defeat at the hands of No. 3 Quinnipiac on Friday night, Dartmouth came out of the gate quickly the following evening against Princeton. Building a 3-0 first-period lead and a four-goal advantage early in the second, the Big Green were able to hold off a determined Tigers squad in the final stages of the contest for a 5-3 win, leapfrogging them in the ECAC Hockey standings. Four players totaled multi-point efforts in the win, led by Ryan Bullock and Charlie Mosey with three each.
The Crimson defeated Princeton last Friday night in Cambridge, 3-2, to snap a five-game winless stretch. However, in the first game of the 2014 Beanpot tournament on Monday afternoon, Harvard was handed a 6-0 loss by Northeastern at the TD Garden. Overall, the team is 6-12-3, while its 3-9-3 mark in ECAC Hockey play currently has it just two points ahead of Dartmouth in 10th place. Sophomore Jimmy Vesey leads the team with 11 goals and 17 points in 21 games this season, while classmate Kyle Criscuolo is a close second in each category with 10 goals and 15 points. Goaltending duties have been split between senior Raphael Girard (5-6-2, 2.63 GAA, .923 S%) and junior Steve Michalek (1-5-1, 2.93 GAA, .910 S%) as each have similar numbers, but Girard’s win-loss record has been better and given him three more appearances in goal.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE CRIMSON
The second-most common opponent in program history, Friday will mark the 203rd all-time meeting between the two Ivy League foes. Harvard holds a solid 128-62-12 advantage in those contests, but Dartmouth has won three straight and is 6-1-3 in the last 10 against the team from Cambridge.
It seems fitting that on the same night as the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the two most well-represented teams in terms of Olympic players in ECAC Hockey will square off. Twenty Harvard players have gone on to participate in the Olympic games, including 19 from the United States. Dartmouth’s 19 players, including 18 from the US, is the second-best figure in the 12-team league. Yale is third among the league’s teams with nine players making Olympic appearances.
|Clarkson (8%)||5||1||6||Boston University||32|
|Colgate (0%)||0||0||0||Boston College||26|
|Princeton (8%)||6||0||6||Michigan State||15|
|Quinnipiac (0%)||0||0||0||Michigan Tech||14|
|St. Lawrence (1%)||0||1||1||Michigan||13|
FIRST CAREER WIN
After several hard-luck starts and a tie with Cornell, sophomore James Kruger finally earned his first career victory in net against Princeton. The second-year netminder needed to make just 17 saves in earning the win, including nine in the second period. He had been dealt an OT loss in his first career start on Oct. 25 in Newark against the Tigers.
Junior Jesse Beamish recorded his second career two-goal game with a pair against the Tigers on Saturday night. The Mississauga, Ontario, native scored the team’s third goal of the first period and added the insurance marker midway through the third. He last had two goals in a game on Feb. 16, 2013 at home against Colgate.
Sophomore Ryan Bullock set a new career high with three points in the win against Princeton, scoring once and assisting on two others. He started the night with an assist on the opening goal, only to score his second of the season just eight minutes later on a one-timer from the high slot while on an odd-man rush. He would wrap-up his three-point night with an assist on Brandon McNally’s second-period tip-in just 45 seconds into the frame. His previous best had been two points, accomplished twice.
CAREER HIGH IN HELPERS
Like Bullock, Charlie Mosey factored into three Dartmouth goals on Saturday. Mosey got on the scoresheet first on Bullock’s goal, while also adding helpers on both of Beamish’s tallies. Only once before had Mosey assisted on multiple goals in a game, dishing out a pair on March 1, 2013 in the Tigers’ last appearance in Hanover. He came into Saturday’s game with just one assist this season in addition to his five goals.
BACK IN THE LINEUP
After missing two games over two weekends due to a suspension handed down by the league, junior Eric Neiley returned to the lineup against Princeton in a big way. Neiley was seemingly the best player on the ice all night for either team, finishing with an assist and a Dartmouth season-high eight shots on goal.
Brandon McNally’s size (6-2, 215) makes him the perfect player to fill the role of the Big Green’s top power forward. That ability was on display in the most recent outing as he redirected an Eric Neiley shot from the point early in the middle period for the goal that proved to be the game winner. He also created a screen in front of Princeton’s Sean Bonar that allowed Grant Opperman to net the game’s opening tally and set up Bullock’s one-timer on the rush with a well-placed pass across the slot.
JANUARY SLUMP/FEBRUARY SUCCESS
After an 0-for-23 month of January on the power play, the Green stepped things up the first chance they could with the calendar switching to February. In four opportunities with the man-advantage, Dartmouth scored three times as Opperman, McNally and Beamish all managed to slip the puck in the back of the net while skating a man up on Princeton. The 3-for-4 night helped raise the Big Green’s season figure from 16.7% before the game to 19.5% afterward, jumping from 39th in the country to 22nd.
Opperman’s fifth goal of the season is more than any other first-year player on the roster this season. It also was his seventh point on Dartmouth’s first goal of a game this season, tied with Geoff Ferguson for second on the team behind Brad Schierhorn’s eight. Schierhorn had assists on both of the team’s opening goals this weekend, including Friday night against Quinnipiac on Tim O’Brien’s marker and then on Opperman’s the next day.
JUST KEEP SHOOTING
Just 24 hours after being held to a season-low 13 shots on goal against the Bobcats, the Big Green bounced back with a season-high 48 against Princeton. The previous high was also against the Tigers as Dartmouth had 40 in the season opener in late October.
2013 PLAYOFF RECAP
These two teams played a three-game series in the first round of the 2013 ECAC Hockey Championship Tournament last March in Hanover. After Harvard took Game 1 on a Brian Hart goal at 17:15 to give the Crimson a 2-1 victory, the Big Green bounced back with a 4-1 win in Game 2 before clinching the series with a 6-3 victory in Game 3.
IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK
Friday’s game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Fans who have purchased the package to watch all Dartmouth home games will also be able to tune in to see the Big Green and Crimson do battle Friday night. After the contest with Harvard, only one regular season road contest with an Ivy League foe remains on the schedule, a Feb. 28 meeting with Cornell at Lynah Rink in Ithaca.
Following the one-game weekend with Harvard, Dartmouth will be back out on the road next weekend with a trip to the North Country to take on St. Lawrence (Feb. 14) and Clarkson (Feb. 15).