Big Green Host Clarkson and St. Lawrence at Thompson This Weekend
Dartmouth (0-4-0, 0-2-0 ECAC) vs.
Clarkson (7-2-1, 1-1-0 ECAC)
▶ Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Thompson Arena (4,500)
▶ All-Time Series: 25-67-7 (100th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Feb. 23, 2013 (Potsdam) - L, 4-0
▶ Streak: 0-1-0
Dartmouth (0-4-0, 0-2-0 ECAC) vs.
St. Lawrence (4-2-2, 0-0-2 ECAC)
▶ Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Thompson Arena (4,500)
▶ All-Time Series: 33-54-3 (91st Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Feb. 22, 2013 (Canton) - W, 3-2
▶ Streak: 1-0-0
Radio: WFRD 99.3 (iHeartRadio) / DartmouthSports.com
Play-by-Play: Chris Garrett
Live Stats: DartmouthSports.com
Live Video: IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com
2013-14 Media Materials
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team will wrap-up its two-weekend homestand against Clarkson and St. Lawrence this Friday and Saturday at Thompson Arena. The Big Green were swept at home last weekend by Union and Rensselaer and are still seeking their first win of 2013-14
▶WATCH IT LIVE
Both games this weekend can be seen live and in high definition on the Ivy League Digital Network. Chris Garrett’s call from the WFRD broadcast will accompany the video for a television-quality presentation. The Ivy League Digital Network gives fans the option to rewind and review plays on their own during gameplay before returning to live action.
▶LAST TIME OUT
It was rough going last weekend with a 7-2 loss to Union on Friday night and a 7-1 defeat to RPI the following evening. All three of Dartmouth’s goals in the two contests came in the third period while on the man-advantage, but were too late for the home team to make a comeback bid.
The Golden Knights have surprised a lot of the pundits this season as they were picked 12th by both the coaches and media prior to the start of 2013-14 and are now currently No. 16 in the USCHO National Poll. Clarkson has earned the ranking with a 7-2-1 overall mark and a record of 1-1-0 after one week of ECAC Hockey play. A balanced attack has seen 17 different players record the team’s 27 goals so far, while the backend has also solidified with the eighth-best scoring defense in the country at just 2.10 goals allowed per game. The Golden Knights are also winning close contests, posting a 4-0 record in one-goal games. Ben Sexton leads the team in scoring with nine points (1g/8a), while Allen McPherson and Joe Zarbo have posted four goals each. Sophomore Greg Lewis and freshman Steve Perry have split time in goal with nearly identical (and impressive) stats.
▶ALL-TIME VS. THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Clarkson has traditionally been strong in its match-up with the Big Green, winning 67 of the 99 all-time meetings between the programs. Friday will mark the 100th match-up between the two with the Golden Knights holding a 67-25-7 advantage. Each team earned a victory on their own home ice last season with four-goal wins as the games were 5-1 Dartmouth in Hanover and 4-0 in favor of Clarkson in Potsdam. The Big Green are just 16-30-4 at home against the Golden Knights in 50 contests, but have won the last two in the Upper Valley.
▶SCOUTING ST. LAWRENCE
The Saints are coming off its ECAC Hockey opening weekend that saw them tie both Yale and Brown on the road by a score of 3-3 in each outing. Senior Greg Carey, who led the league in points last season with 51, is back and continues to put up big numbers on the scoresheet, leading the team in assists (9) and points (13). Younger brother Matt Carey, a freshman on the roster, is the team leader with five goals through the first eight games. Matt Weninger remains the team’s starting netminder for the fourth straight season, posting a 3.02 goals-against average and a save percentage of .897 en route to a 3-2-2 win/loss mark.
▶ALL-TIME VS. THE SAINTS
Like Clarkson, St. Lawrence has owned a decisive advantage against the Big Green all-time, holding a 54-33-3 record against the team from the Upper Valley in the series that dates back to the 1949-50 season. However, it has been much closer when the games have been played in Hanover, as the Saints are 23-21-1 in 45 games. The two split wins last season with the road team earning the victory in each instance. Just two years ago during the 2011-12 season, the Green and Saints played five times, including a two-game sweep in Canton by Dartmouth in the first round of the ECAC hockey Tournament.
Dartmouth was 3-for-10 against the Dutchmen and Engineers in the first weekend of league play. Friday-night goals from Eric Neiley and Andy Simpson were followed by another man-advantage tally from freshman Troy Crema on Saturday against RPI. The last time Dartmouth had two power-play goals in a game was Feb. 1 of last season in a 2-2 tie at Union (2-for-3). The last time the team had three PPG in a weekend was at the start of 2012-13 when it was 1-for-5 vs. Yale and 2-for-4 against Brown at the Ivy Shootout in Providence.
▶AT IT AGAIN
Junior Eric Neiley continued his hot start this past weekend with a goal and an assist against Union. His third-period tally gave him a goal in three straight games to open the season. Only one time previously had the Warminster, Pa., native managed goals in consecutive games and had never scored three times in a three-game window prior to this season. He leads the team with four points thus far.
The Big Green have just eight goals this season, but the last five have all come on the power play. It took Dartmouth until its ninth game of the season to score that many man-advantage markers in 2012-13, doing so on Nov. 24 at Boston College (1-for-4).
Junior Andy Simpson picked up his first goal of the season and the fourth of his career 1:51 into the third period of the Friday-night tilt with Union on a slap shot from the point. In three games played, Simpson has three points thanks to a two-assist game against Brown at the Prudential Center on Oct. 26 and now ranks second on the team in scoring.
Making his collegiate debut, freshman defender Josh Hartley recorded his first career point with an assist on Troy Crema’s power-play tally against RPI. Hartley’s shot from the halfboards was redirected below the circle by his classmate for the lone Dartmouth goal of the evening.
▶ALSO MAKING THEIR DEBUT
In addition to Hartley, defenseman Brandon Kirk and forward Grant Opperman pulled on the Dartmouth sweater for the first time this past weekend. Opperman suited up against Union, while Kirk appeared against the Engineers.
▶JUMPS IN, GET POINT
Also assisting on Crema’s goal was sophomore winger Connor Dempsey as he made his 2013-14 debut on the line chart. Dempsey started the play by working the puck from below the circle to Hartley for the initial shot attempt that Crema was able to redirect.
▶DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN
A win on Friday would snap the two-game skid on home ice for the Green and White. The last time Dartmouth fell in three straight games played at Thompson Arena was two years ago when it lost to Yale (Jan. 28), Union (Feb. 10) and Rensselaer (Feb. 11) during the 2011-12 campaign.
▶UPPER VALLEY CONNECTIONS
Familiar faces to fans in the stands this weekend will be seen on the ice Saturday night as St. Lawrence will bring Hanover High graduate Patrick Doherty, Canaan native Gavin Bayreuther and Dartmouth transfer Brian Ward to town. Ward left halfway through the 2011-12 season to once again play in the USHL without having seen game action in a Big Green sweater, returning to the collegiate ranks with the Saints after sitting out last season.
The Big Green will make its first ECAC Hockey road trip of 2013-14 next weekend as it heads back to the Garden State for a Friday-night (Nov. 15) contest at Princeton before venturing northward on I-95 for a Saturday-night (Nov. 16) meeting with the defending league regular season champion and national runner-up Quinnipiac.
▶ GAME NOTES