Dartmouth (2-11-1) vs.
No. 20 Vermont (10-6-1)
▶ Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Burlington, Vt.
▶ Gutterson Fieldhouse (4,007)
▶ All-Time Series: 26-47-5 (79th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Dec. 5, 2012 - W, 4-1 (Hanover)
▶ Streak: 1-0-0

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The Dartmouth men’s hockey team will return to action with a short week of preparation as it travels up I-89 to Burlington for a game against regional rival Vermont Friday night. The Big Green and Catamounts will square-off at 7 p.m. inside Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Dartmouth is coming off its best offensive output in three seasons as it scored eight times against No. 17 Northeastern on Monday during the Consolation Game of the 2013 Ledyard Classic. The Big Green got tallies from six different players to hit the eight-goal mark for the first time since Nov. 26, 2010 (W, 8-2 at Harvard). However, the Huskies battled back from down four in the third period to tie the game in the final minute of play with the goalie pulled for the extra attacker to earn the non-conference tie.

Bob Gaudet will be behind the bench for his 800th career game as a head coach when his Big Green take to the ice Friday night.  Gaudet coached Brown in 266 games during nine seasons, before taking over as Dartmouth’s bench boss in 1997-98. Since then, Gaudet has led his team into competition 533 times with Friday night being his 800th career game in his 26th season.

The Catamounts are coming off of a 6-2 victory over Canisius at home on Sunday to win the Catamount Cup. Vermont bested Clarkson, 3-2, in the first game, before dominating the Griffins to claim the tournament title in their home rink. UVM outshot Canisius, 61-28, in the game, scoring three times in the first and twice in the third. This season, Chris McCarthy leads in scoring with 16 points, while Mario Puskarich has a team-high seven goals. McCarthy and junior Jake Fallon are tied with 10 assists apiece. Goaltending duties have been split between freshman Mike Santaguida (6-4-1/2.36/.920) and sophomore Brody Hoffman (4-2-0/2.01/.931) with the younger netminder getting the edge in playing time from head coach Kevin Sneddon.

The Catamounts own a sizeable advantage in the all-time series with Dartmouth, holding a 47-26-5 mark in 78 previous meetings. Prior to last season’s loss in Hanover, Vermont had beaten the Green five straight times dating back to 2008. Dartmouth is just 7-25-2 in games played in Burlington.

These two met in their annual non-conference game last season on Dec. 5 inside Thompson Arena in a contest that was broadcast live to a national TV audience on the NBC Sports Network. Those who tuned in saw, the then-10th-ranked Big Green earn a 4-1 victory in front of 4,112 fans. The Catamounts actually outshot the home team, 32-17, in the contest, including 13-3 in the third period alone.

The Big Green put together an impressive offensive onslaught Monday afternoon that eventually culminated in eight goals scored. After falling behind 4-2 early in the middle period, Dartmouth scored six-straight goals to put the lead to 8-4. Unfortunately, Northeastern was able to battle back and tie the game in the final minutes. The 16 combined goals were the most in any college hockey game this season and were the second most ever in a Ledyard Classic contest (17).

For his role in scoring twice and assisting on another in the Monday affair, junior Eric Neiley was tabbed as the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for the first time since joining the team in 2011. Neiley matched his career high for goals and points in a single game as his play spearheaded the mid-game offensive surge. Neiley was named the Rookie of the Week on Jan. 24, 2012, but this was his first conference accolade since.

Neiley wasn’t the only player with two goals against the Huskies. Freshman defenseman Josh Hartley also netted a pair of tallies in the game. It was the first time this season that two Dartmouth players scored multiple goals in the same game since Feb. 16, 2013 when Neiley and Jesse Beamish each had two in a 5-4 home win against Colgate. Hartley had just one goal this season prior to his pair against Northeastern.

In all, Big Green players combined to set 21 new career highs in either goals, assists or points against the Huskies. Of the 18 skaters dressed in the contest for Dartmouth, 14 recorded at least one point with six posting multi-point efforts in the tie.

Sophomore Geoff Ferguson has been one of the most physical defenders in his own end all season, but the Ledyard Classic saw the Ontario native put together two of the more memorable offensive plays. He began the weekend with a 150-foot stretch pass that sprung classmate Brad Schierhorn in alone for a goal. Ferguson followed that with a rush from his own blueline around a defender before the play culminated by banking the puck off a defender’s leg with a well-place backhanded shot from the side of the crease. The goal was the first of his career and came in his 47th collegiate game.

Freshman Kyle Nickerson picked up the first point of his career with an assist on Hartley’s go-ahead goal at the 17:41 mark of the second period. Playing in just his seventh game of the season, Nickerson was credited with the primary assist after finding Hartley streaking through the neutral zone.

With 10 goals scored over the two-game tournament, the Big Green defense stepped up to contribute four times on the scoresheet. In addition to Hartley’s two and Ferguson’s first-career tally, junior Andy Simpson also scored against Northeastern, his third of 2013-14.

The fourth line of juniors Charlie Mosey and Jesse Beamish and sophomore Jack Barre put together a solid Ledyard Classic. Mosey scored once in each game and had an assist on Monday, while Beamish had a goal and three assists, including a three-point effort against the Huskies. Barre managed three helpers on the weekend, notching his first multi-point effort of his career with a pair on Monday.

Friday marks the third of five-straight games against Hockey East opponents for the Big Green. Dartmouth faced Providence and Northeastern at the Ledyard and will play BU next Wednesday in Boston before taking on UNH Saturday, Jan. 11 in Manchester.

Since the start of December, Dartmouth has played five games with only Brown unranked in that stretch. Vermont will be the fifth of six straight opposing teams to appear in the USCHO poll at gametime with the Catamounts currently holding the No. 20 spot.

Dartmouth returns to action Wednesday evening at Agganis Arena against Boston University.