No. 17 Dartmouth (11-8-3, 7-6-2 ECAC) vs. Harvard (5-15-1, 3-12-0 ECAC)
▶ Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 ▶ 4:00 PM ▶ Cambridge, Mass.
▶ Bright Hockey Center (2,825)
▶ All-Time Series: Harvard, 124-59-10 (194th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Jan. 12, 2013 (Hanover) - W, 3-2
▶ Streak: 3-0-2
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Chris Garret (PbP)
FOR COMPLETE WEEKEND COVERAGE:
The Dartmouth men's hockey team will take on just one opponent this weekend as it has a Sunday afternoon tilt in Cambridge at Harvard set for 4 p.m. from inside the Bright Hockey Center.
The game between the two Ivy League rivals was originally scheduled for Saturday night at 7 p.m., but was moved to Sunday due to the inclement weather set to hit the northeast this weekend.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green earned a 2-2 tie with No. 18 Union Friday night in Schenectady before falling to Rensselaer, 3-0, the following evening. The game with the Dutchmen was aired live on the NBC Sports Network - the first nationally broadcast game in Messa Rink history - while the loss in Troy was in front of a packed Houston Field House as part of the team's 'Big Red Freakout'.
The Crimson play host to the Green for the only time this season Saturday, and do so carrying an eight-game losing streak with them. Most recently, Harvard fell, 4-1, Monday night to Boston College in the opener of the 61st annual Beanpot at the TD Garden. The loss to the Eagles dropped the Crimson's record to 5-15-1 this season, while also boasting a 3-12-0 ECAC Hockey mark that has them in last place in the standings with just six points. Jimmy Vessey leads a team that features six other NHL draft picks with 14 points and 10 goals. The Nashville Predators prospect also helped the US win Gold at the 2013 World Juniors Championship in Russia last month.
AGAINST THE CRIMSON
Harvard came to Hanover on Jan. 12, but fell victim to a late goal from sophomore Jesse Beamish that gave the home team a 3-2 victory. Vessey and Petr Placek scored for the visitors that night at Thompson. Dartmouth has not lost to its ECAC Hockey travel partner in the last five meetings between the two, posting a 3-0-2 record in that span.
BACK ON THE TUBE
Saturday night's contest will be broadcast live on Fox College Sports - Pacific. Eric Steckling with handle play-by-play duties, while Andy Towne will provide color analysis. Fans can also listen to WFRD's broadcast with Chris Garrett - the "Voice of Big Green Men's Hockey" - on 99.3 FM or online at DartmouthSports.com.
WHERE WE RANK
Dartmouth fell one spot in the USCHO poll this week to No. 17 after the weekend in New York's Capital District. The Green and White are receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll as well, but sit outside the nation's Top-15.
BETWEEN THE BEANPOT
The last time the Big Green played Harvard in a contest that was sandwiched between the Crimson's Beanpot games was back in the 2000-01 season. Dartmouth hosted Harvard on Friday, Feb. 9, defeating the Crimson, 7-0. Harvard would go on to lose Monday night in the consolation game, 8-7, to Northeastern.
DON'T SEE THAT TOO OFTEN
The 3-0 shutout loss at RPI marked the first time in 48 games that Dartmouth was held off the scoreboard in a game. The last time an opponent shut out the Green came back on Nov. 19, 2011 when Clarkson skated to a 4-0 home victory at Cheel Arena.
Rick Pinkston's power-play goal with 4:55 left in the third period helped Dartmouth earn a point with the tie at Union. The late marker was nothing new to the team as they have scored 10 goals in the final six minutes of the third period this season. Of the team's 22 total tallies in the final regulation period, 15 have come in the last 10 minutes.
SIT IN THE STANDINGS
Despite the one-point weekend, Dartmouth remains tied for third in the ECAC Hockey standings with Union as both have 16 points. The seven league wins ranks third as well, trailing only Quinnipiac (12) and Yale (9).
LONE TEAM TO DO IT TWICE
Against Union, Dartmouth scored two times on the nation's second-best penalty kill, becoming the only team in 2012-13 to find the back of the net twice in one game against the Dutchmen.
AGAINST THE BEST
Union came into the game boasting the nation's best power play (26.3%; 31-118), but was stymied by Dartmouth's pesky PK unit. The home team finished 1-for-5 on the night, while the Big Green were 2-for-3 on their man-advantage situations. When facing off with the best power play this season at the time of the game, the penalty kill from Dartmouth is a combined 10-for-11 (90.9%) in two outings (Union, Bentley)
IVY LEAGUE UPDATE
With just three games left against Ivy competition, the Big Green are second in the standings with a 4-2-1 mark and nine points. Yale leads the way with 12 points and a 6-1-0 record with its lone loss coming to Dartmouth back on Nov. 2. After Harvard, only home games with Cornell (Feb. 15) and Princeton (March 1) remain in the quest for a 15th Ivy League crown.
Junior Cab Morris turned aside a career-high 37 shots at Union in earning a 2-2 tie. The Dartmouth netminder's previous best of 31 had been reached twice this season. Although he benefited from the five extra minutes of play, Morris had 34 stops through the end of regulation before making an additional three saves in OT.
NEILEY NETTED ANOTHER
Sophomore Eric Neiley found the back of the net midway through the second period with a one-time blast from the left dot five seconds into a power play. This season, Neiley has five goals with the last three all coming on the road. Of his 12 career markers, seven have come away from Thompson Arena.
HAD TO HAPPEN
With the shutout loss, sophomore Tyler Sikura failed to register a point for just the third time in 22 games this season. An assist the night before at Union gave Sikura 26 points this year, one more than he had all of 2011-12 when he was tied for the team lead in scoring. His 26th point came in the Big Green's 21st contest of the year, 11 fewer than he played his entire rookie campaign.
Senior captain and defensive stalwart Mike Keenan has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the top American-born Division I player in New England. A native of South Weymouth, Mass., Keenan has been up for the honor in each of the last two seasons.
GAME -TYING GOALS
All three game-tying goals for the Big Green this season have come thanks to a one-time shot. Pinkston's blast off the left post and back of goaltender Troy Grosenick was the most recent instance, but both Keenan and Eric Robinson have also netted GTGs with one-timers. Keenan's blast from the point tied the game in the final minute at Cornell back in November, while Robinson's shot forced a tie with Yale in the season opener played in Providence on Oct. 26.
Dartmouth is 0-1-3 in overtime games this season. Then-fifth-ranked Quinnipiac remains the only team to take down the Green in OT this year (3-2 - Jan. 4), while Yale, Cornell and now Union have all skated to draws with the team from the Upper Valley.
- Former Big Green defenseman Ben Lovejoy '06 was traded from Pittsburgh to Anaheim Wednesday night in exchange for a 5th-Round Draft Pick in 2014. Lovejoy appeared in three games this season with the Penguins and 98 over the course of five NHL seasons in the Steel City. He is expected to join the team in Dallas for a Friday night meeting with the Stars (NHL Network, 8:30 p.m.).
- Having played in eight games this season, Calgary's Lee Stempniak '05 is just 27 regular season games shy of becoming Dartmouth's all-time leader in NHL appearances. Carey Wilson '83 set the standard with 552 games played from 1983-1993, playing a majority of his career with the Flames. Stempniak has suited up in 525 NHL games (through Feb. 8) for the Blues, Maple Leafs, Coyotes and Flames during eight professional seasons.
Following the tie with the Dutchmen, the Big Green are 2-1-1 in four games played on the NBC Sports Network since last January. In four televised games total this season, Dartmouth is 1-1-2.
VOTE FOR HOBEY
Fan voting recently opened for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to college hockey's best player. Dartmouth has two nominees on this season's fan ballot as both Matt Lindblad and Sikura make their first appearances.