Dartmouth Heads to Yale and Brown for ECAC and Ivy League Weekend
Dartmouth (1-8-0, 1-6-0 ECAC) vs.
No. 8 Yale (6-2-2, 3-1-2 ECAC)
▶ Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 ▶ 7 PM ▶ New Haven, Conn.
▶ Ingalls Rink (3,500)
▶ All-Time Series: 88-107-14 (210th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Jan. 19, 2013 - L, 4-2 (New Haven)
▶ Streak: 0-1-0
Dartmouth (1-8-0, 1-6-0 ECAC) vs.
Brown (3-6-1, 1-4-1 ECAC)
▶ Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Providence, R.I.
▶ Meehan Auditorium (2,495)
▶ All-Time Series: 76-64-8 (149th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Oct. 26, 2013 (Newark. N.J.) - L, 5-3
▶ Streak: 0-1-0
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Live Video: IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com (Both Games)
2013-14 Media Materials
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team will be back on the road this weekend for a pair of ECAC Hockey and Ivy League games at Yale and Brown Friday and Saturday evenings. The Big Green are coming off their first win of the season against Harvard and will look to continue their winning ways against two tough opponents.
▶LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth used a late goal from junior Eric Neiley with 2:41 left in regulation to break a 1-1 tie with visiting Harvard and help the Big Green to its first victory of the season. The goal was the result of a beautiful give-and-go passing play between Neiley and classmate Brandon McNally in the slot that eventually resulted in a backdoor pass to Neiley at the far post for the tap-in winner.
▶IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK
Both games this weekend will be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Fans who have purchased the package can not only watch all games played at Thompson Arena this season, but also all Ivy League road games such as the two this weekend at Yale and Brown.
The defending NCAA National Champions are off to a 6-2-2 start this season and are 3-1-2 in league play so far. The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime win at home against Merrimack on Saturday night as Chris Izmirlian scored the GWG with 46 seconds left in the extra frame. Freshman Mike Doherty has stepped into the lineup this season and made an immediate impact, leading the team in points (9). Team captain Jesse Root is second with eight points, but leads the team with six goals, while fellow senior Kenny Agostino has seven helpers. The goaltending was a big question mark coming into the year with the departure of Frozen Four netminder Jeff Malcolm, but freshmen Alex Lyon (3-2-2, 2.23 GAA, .920 S%) and Patrick Spano (3-0-0, 2.33 GAA, .909 S%) have filled the void nicely.
▶LAST TIME VS. YALE
Yale snapped Dartmouth’s two-game early-season unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs with a 4-2 win in New Haven last January. Two third-period goals, including an Andrew Miller empty-netter sealed the win for the Elis after losing 7-4 in Hanover in November and falling in a shootout to the Green in the season-opening tilt for both teams at the Ivy Shootout.
▶ALL-TIME VS. YALE
Friday night marks the 210th all-time meeting between the Big Green and Bulldogs dating back to Jan. 16, 1907, a 4-2 Dartmouth win in New Haven. The 209 games played are the most against any one opponent in program history. The Green and White are 37-59-7 in true road games with their Ivy rivals from Connecticut and have not won in Ingalls Rink since Feb. 17, 2007.
The Bears got off to a great start in 2013-14, beating Yale and Dartmouth to win the Liberty Hockey Invitational in Newark in late October. However, Brown has stumbled since that early-season weekend, going 1-6-1 since with the lone victory coming at Princeton on Nov. 9. Mark Naclerio leads the team with 13 points, four of which came against Dartmouth in Newark (1g/3a). His linemates Matt Lorito (6g/5a) and Nick Lappin (3g/8a) are tied for second on the team with 11 points each, helping to create one of the most potent trios in the league. Freshman Tyler Steel has a better record (2-1-1) in goal, but senior Marco DeFillippo has better numbers (2.72 GAA, .925 S%) so far, making the goaltending a toss-up for head coach and former Dartmouth assistant Brendan Whittet.
▶LAST TIME VS. BROWN
The Bears finally got the monkey off their back with the 5-3 neutral-site win against Dartmouth in October. The loss was the first in 12 games (11-0-1) for the Big Green against Brown, dating back to Jan. 10, 2009. In that game at The Prudential Center, Brandon Pfeil gave the Bears a 1-0 lead just 26 seconds into the first period. Tied at 2-2 after 40 minutes of play, Brown used three goals in the final frame to pull away for the win and the tournament title.
▶ALL-TIME VS. BROWN
These two programs will be meeting for the 149th time in history when they step on the ice Saturday night at Meehan Auditorium. Dartmouth holds a 76-64-8 advantage and is looking to even its record against Brown on the road as it is currently 34-35-6 in Providence against the Bears dating back to Feb. 17, 1930 (W, 3-2/OT).
▶OFF THE SCHNEID
The Big Green’s 2-1 victory against Harvard was the first win of 2013-14, snapping an eight-game slide to begin the year. It was the longest such streak since a nine-game stretch in 1995-96.
▶BIG MAN ON CAMPUS
Neiley’s game-winning goal was the junior’s team-leading sixth of the season. This season, the Warminster, Pa., native leads the Big Green in both goals (6) and points (8), as well as shots (29) and power-play markers (3).
For his role in helping the Green and White to the victory, sophomore Charles Grant was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week. It marks the first such honor in Grant’s career and the first weekly accolade for Dartmouth this year. Grant turned aside 22-of-23 shots that came his way and allowed just one goal in the come-from-behind win.
▶SECOND FROM THE FIRST-YEAR
Neiley’s goal was the winner, but it wouldn’t have been possible without freshman Grant Opperman’s second of the year in the late stages of the second period. Just 2:21 after Harvard took a one-goal lead, Opperman tied things up by knocking in a centering feed from Brad Schierhorn at the top of the crease. Both Opperman’s goals this season have come at home.
In addition to the primary assists from Schierhorn and McNally against Harvard, secondary assists from sophomore defenders Ryan Bullock and Geoff Ferguson helped set up the two Dartmouth tallies Saturday. For Bullock, the assist on the winner was his team-best sixth of the season, while Ferguson’s helper was the third in as many games.
▶YOU NEVER SEE THAT
For just the second time in his career, senior defender Taylor Boldt missed a game, sitting out Saturday’s game due to illness. The Niwot, Colo., native missed the Bentley game last season after taking a puck to the foot in practice. To date, Boldt has suited up for 107 career games, ranking 52nd all-time at Dartmouth with 20 contests left in the regular season.
▶IVY LEAGUE TILTS
This weekend will mark the third and fourth respective Ivy League games of the season for the Green. Dartmouth is now 1-1-0 after the win against Harvard and the 5-4 OT loss at Princeton. Yale and Brown have also have two Ivy League games to their records prior to hosting the Big Green and Harvard this weekend.
Dartmouth will have little time to rest as it plays Union on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in Schenectady. The game at Messa Rink will conclude the first half of the season for the Big Green.