Big Green Open 2013-14 Season at Liberty Invitational in Newark
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▶ THIS WEEKEND
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team will begin the 2013-14 regular season this weekend with a pair of games in Newark, N.J., as part of the inaugural Liberty Invitational. The Big Green will open the weekend with Princeton on Friday night at 7:05 p.m., before taking on Brown the following afternoon at 4 p.m.
▶ THE FIELD
The now-renamed Ivy Shootout features the same four teams it has for the past three years with Princeton hosting this season. Last season’s host Brown and 2012 champion Dartmouth will also play alongside 2013 NCAA Champion Yale in the four-team field. The Bulldogs will play Brown in the first game of the weekend on Friday before taking on Princeton in the final contest on Saturday evening. All four games are non-conference affairs.
▶ GAME 1
The Big Green and Tigers meet Friday for the first time in this setting since 2010. In each of the last two Ivy Shootouts, Dartmouth has played Brown and Yale regardless of format. The Green and White will be looking for some level of payback after failing to beat Princeton in the two meetings last year, going 0-1-1. The loss came in early January in New Jersey and saw Dartmouth outshoot the home team, 35-16, but fall, 2-1. A late comeback was needed to salvage a 2-2 tie and a point on Mar. 1 in Hanover with Jesse Beamish netting a wrap-around goal with 3:37 left. That goal helped the Green secure home ice in the first round of the playoffs.
▶ ALL-TIME AGAINST PRINCETON
Friday will mark the 193rd all-time meeting between the two programs, the third-most for any Dartmouth opponent behind only Harvard (197) and Yale (209). Dartmouth holds a 93-83-16 overall advantage in those games, including a 7-6-0 record in games played on neutral sites. Friday will also mark the first neutral site game between the two since Mar. 5, 1921 when they played in Philadelphia. In all, the first 13 games between Dartmouth and Princeton were played in neutral sites between New York City (7), Boston (4) and Philadelphia (2).
In Overtime: 13-7-16
In Postseason: 2-0
Last Season: 0-1-1
Longest streak without a loss: 10
- Feb. 7, 1942 to Mar. 5, 1949
(10-0-0, no games played in 43-44, 44-45 or 45-46)
Longest winless streak: 7
- Feb. 4, 1989 to Feb. 15, 1992
(0-5-1, Tigers had wins of 9-0 and 8-1)
▶ GAME 2
For the third straight season, Dartmouth and Brown are guaranteed to play at least three times during the year as the two will meet during the first weekend of the season yet again. The Big Green have won the last two contests in this tournament, 2-1, in Hanover two years ago and 4-0 last October in Providence. The Bears will play both its games this weekend at 4 p.m. as they open with Yale on Friday before taking on Dartmouth in the second tilt. Brown is coming off a year in which it advanced all the way to the ECAC Hockey Championship Game, knocking off second-seeded RPI and top-seed and eventual national runner-up Quinnipiac before falling to Union. That run, coupled with a strong second half, have earned the Bears early-season recognition as they have garnered votes in the national rankings this fall.
▶ ALL-TIME AGAINST BROWN
The Big Green and Bears have met 147 previous times with Dartmouth winning 76 of those contests. Lately, the rivalry has been a bit one-sided as the team from the Upper Valley is 11-0-1 dating back to the 2008-09 season. In that span, a 5-5 tie on Feb. 6, 2010 in Providence is the lone blemish in what would otherwise be a perfect string of five straight season sweeps for the Big Green. Saturday will mark just the second neutral site game ever between the two programs, having previously played the ECAC Hockey Consolation Game in Albany in 2003 with the Green and White winning, 4-2. The current stretch of 12 games without a loss ties the series record that was set between 1928 and 1948. Head Coach Bob Gaudet has been on both sides of the longest streaks for Dartmouth against Brown, having put together the current string off 12 without a loss, while also guiding Brown to a 6-0-3 mark against the Green from 1989 to 1994, the best by a Bears team against Dartmouth.
In Overtime: 6-6-8
In Postseason: 1-1
Last Season: 3-0-0
Longest streak w/o loss: 12 (2x)
- Feb. 22, 1928 to Jan. 21, 1948
(12-0, first 12 all-time meetings)
- Jan. 10 2009 to Jan. 18, 2013
(11-0-1, current streak)
Longest winless streak: 9
- Nov. 10, 1989 to Jan. 14, 1994
(0-6-3, Bob Gaudet was Brown head coach)
▶ LEADING THE WAY
Junior Tyler Sikura was named team captain following last season by a vote conducted by the team. Sikura is the second junior in the last three seasons to don the ‘C’ on his sweater after Mike Keenan was tabbed for the 2011-12 campaign. Sikura’s selection has made him the 132nd captain in the team’s 108-year history.
▶ BACK AND HEALTHY
After missing the final 17 games of last season, Brandon McNally is back and healthy as a junior in 2013-14. McNally had 11 points on six goals and five assists in 16 games before suffering a shoulder injury at Brown on Jan. 18 that sidelined the Saugus, Mass., native for the remainder of the year. Dartmouth was 10-5-1 before the injury and 5-9-3 after.
▶ EUROPEAN TEAM BUILDING
The team traveled to Italy and Switzerland this August and September, playing three games against professional teams. After starting the trip 0-2, the Green bounced back with a 4-1 win over Ritten Renon in the finale, beating former NHL goalie Chris Mason in the process.
▶ FINAL TUNEUP
In the lone stateside exhibition game of the preseason, Dartmouth knocked off the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 7-2, on Oct. 18 at Thompson Arena. Charlie Mosey scored twice and finished tied with sophomore Brad Schierhorn (3A) for the team lead with three points. Sikura, Ryan Bullock, Brett Patterson and freshmen Grant Opperman and Kyle Nickerson each added a goal as well against the Ridgebacks.
▶ MOVING BACK UP
The Big Green (4-3-3) finished the season tied for second in the Ivy League standings with Brown (5-4-1) as each had 11 points. Dartmouth had finished fourth the previous season in Ivy play, while the Bears were sixth.
▶ PRESEASON POLLS
The ECAC Hockey Head Coaches tabbed the Big Green seventh in its preseason rankings with one of the conference’s 12 bench bosses giving his first-place nod to Dartmouth. The Media Poll had the team slightly higher, picking them tied for fifth with Cornell. USCHO.com’s preseason ECAC Hockey preview was the most positive with its outlook for the Big Green, tabbing the team third in its projected standings.
▶ HOME COOKIN’
In 2012-13, Dartmouth was 12-5-1 in games played at Thompson Arena. Those 12 wins were the most of any Ivy League program and ranked third in ECAC Hockey behind Quinnipiac (15 in 22 games) and Rensselaer (13 in 19 games). The 3.44 goals per game (62 total) in those contests were the second most by any ECAC program, trailing only Colgate’s 3.88 (66).
▶ ROADHOUSE BLUES
In stark contrast to the successes of Thompson, Dartmouth was just 3-9-3 on the road in 2012-13, the second-fewest victories in the league (Colgate, 2-12-4). However, it was close games that the Big Green fell prey to in those road outings, allowing just 2.93 goals against in 15 games, the fifth-best mark in ECAC Hockey.
▶ THREE GOALIES, BUT JUST ONE NET
Gaudet and his staff will have their hands full every night when picking from three talented goaltenders on the roster. Senior Cab Morris is the top returner from a season ago (8-7-3/2.14/.915) and earned the win against UOIT last Friday night. Sophomore Charles Grant (7-7-2/2.77/.911) saw considerable time as a rookie in 2012-13, while James Kruger (0-0-0/1.81/.923) appeared in just one game of relief. Kruger was the lone Big Green goalie to earn a win overseas, stopping 33-of-34 in the victory against over Ritten Renon in the European trip finale, while also posting seven saves and not allowing a goal in the exhibition tilt.
▶ DOWN A MAN? NO PROBLEM
After finishing 52nd in the country in penalty kill success rate in 2011-12, Dartmouth turned it around last season, finishing fifth in the nation with an 88.6% playing down a man. The Big Green killed off 32 straight power plays by their opponents from Nov. 2 against Yale to Dec. 31 vs. UMass, a span of 10 games.
▶ TO BE THE BEST, YOU HAVE TO PLAY THE BEST
When the national championship game match-up was set in Pittsburgh last April between Yale and Quinnipiac, it meant Dartmouth would play the defending champion once again in 2013-14. The Big Green had played 2012 National Champ BC in November and an all-ECAC Hockey Final in 2013 would guarantee the Green another shot at the previous season’s best program.
▶ WELCOME TO THE FOLD
Five new names adorn the Dartmouth roster this winter. Nickerson, Opperman, Troy Crema, Brandon Kirk and Josh Hartley will all be making their debut this season as part of the Class of 2017.
▶ MORE MATURE
Last season, Dartmouth was the youngest team in ECAC Hockey with 18 underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores). This year, the balance of the roster has shifted slightly with 11 upperclassmen (7 juniors and 4 seniors) and 15 underclassmen (10 sophomores and five freshmen).
▶ BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG BARN
This weekend at the Prudential Center (New Jersey Devils) will mark the first time a Dartmouth team has played in an NHL arena since Mar. 15, 1980. The Big Green played Cornell in the old Boston Garden for the ECAC Championship, eventually falling, 5-1. The team would play in the Frozen Four two weeks later, but the 1980 national semifinals and finals were played at the Providence Civic Center and not an NHL Facility. Current head coach Bob Gaudet was a junior on that team that last dressed for a game in a pro building.