Dec. 10, 2016 | 7:00 PM
|Opponent||RV New Hampshire 8-6-2|
|Last Meeting||Dec. 11, 2015 | L, 6-3 | Durham|
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|Radio||WTSL 94.5 FM/1400 AM (ESPN Radio)|
| On the Call
||Radio PBP: Adam Giardino | COLOR: Wayne Young ’72
Broadcast PBP: Rob Kennedy
|In-Game Twitter||@Dartmouth_MIH / @UNHHockey|
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The Dartmouth men’s hockey team is home at Thompson Arena for the first time in over a month when it plays host to in-state rival New Hampshire Saturday night at 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green are coming off a weekend in which they were swept in the North Country by Clarkson (4-2) and No. 19 St. Lawrence (5-1). It marked Dartmouth’s first time dropping a pair of road games in a weekend since last year’s regular season finale when the team also was dealt a pair of defeats in Canton and Potsdam.
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK
The team will hold its annual toy drive for CHaD during the game Saturday against the Wildcats. Donations will also be accepted the following day at Thompson when the team hosts the free Skate with the Big Green at noon. Those looking for ideas on what to donate can see their listed of encouraged items HERE. New, unwrapped toys are also a welcomed donation.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
- The state’s main public university has been through ups and downs in the first 16 games of the 2016-17 season thus far. After starting out just 1-3-0, UNH has turned it around and heads into the final game before the break with an 8-6-2 mark, thanks in large part to four wins in the last five games, including a home-and-home sweep of rival Maine last weekend.
- Few teams boast the offensive fire power that the Wildcats can claim as senior Tyler Kelleher leads the team and all of Hockey East with 12 goals, 18 assists and 30 points. His assist and point totals are both second nationally behind Spencer Foo (19 assists) and Mike Vecchione (31 points), both of Union.
- New Hampshire boasts offensive depth at every position across the lineup as freshman Patrick Grasso has made a splash with 11 goals and 20 assists in his first 16 collegiate games, while senior defenseman Matais Cleland is tied with Kelleher with 18 helpers.
- Junior Daniel Tirone has seen the lion’s share of time in goal, posting an 8-4-2 record to go along with a 2.28 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.
- Against Hockey East competition this season, UNH is 5-1-1.
- These two teams meet annually with the last two contests coming at the Whittemore Center in Durham. In last season’s meeting — also the last game before break for both teams — UNH got out to an incredible start, scoring four times in the first 12:13 of the contest. Dartmouth answered back with a pair of goals from Grant Opperman and Corey Kalk before the end of the first and a Connor Yau marker in the third, but the Cats held on for the 6-3 win.
- Saturday’s game marks the 58th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Wildcats own a 35-19-3 edge in the series that dates back to 1936.
- This game marks the 24th meeting between the two Granite State teams in Hanover and the 16th since Thompson Arena opened in 1975.
- Prior to Saturday’s game, UNH has come to Thompson Arena only three times since 1990.
- Dartmouth is 2-1-0 in those three games, including a 4-1 win in the last meeting in Hanover when the Wildcats were No. 2 and the Big Green were No. 10.
o 12/28/91 - L, 8-3
o 12/29/00 - W, 6-3
o 12/30/12- W, 4-1
STATE VERSUS IVY
- Dartmouth/UNH is the most frequent match-up between an Ivy League program and it’s in-state main public university counterpart. The Wildcats and Big Green have 57 previous games played against one another, far more than Harvard/UMass Amherst (8) and Yale/UConn (11).
- However, Dartmouth is the only team without a winning record in said match-ups as the Crimson lead 6-1-1 and the Bulldogs are a perfect 11-0-0 against their canine counterparts from Storrs.
KALK KEEPS GOING
- Building off the success of his three-point (1-2-3) effort at PPG Paints Arena, junior Corey Kalk scored his second goal in as many games with a third-period tally against Clarkson. The goal was his third of the season and moved him alone into first on the team’s scoring list this season with six points.
- Kalk missed the SLU game with a lower-body injury sustained in the third against the Golden Knights.
Like Kalk, Warpecha also notched his second goal in as many games at Clarkson’s Cheel Arena. The Willow Springs, Illinois, native now has two goals this season, second most among Dartmouth rookies this season.
STRONGER THAN YESTERDAY
Cam Strong snapped a four-game skid without a point by scoring Dartmouth’s lone goal at St. Lawrence. Strong is now tied with Troy Crema for the team lead with four tallies this season. The Montana native also leads all nine of the Big Green’s rookie skaters in goals (4) and points (5).
The third period has been an interesting one this season for the Green and White. Not only is it the period in which Dartmouth has scored the highest number of its 21 goals so far (8), but it’s also the period in which they have allowed the most (13) and have the worst goal differential (-5). That figure was compounded last week by a three-goal third period by the Saints on Saturday.
JUST KEEP SHOOTING
Of the 10 games played this season, Dartmouth has outshot their opponent in all but two. In those eight outings, the Big Green are 3-3-2, including both games from the North Country trip. They are 0-2-0 when being outshot by the opposition.
POINTS FROM THE BACKEND
After going the first three games without a point from the defensive unit, the Dartmouth d-core has started contributing to the scoresheet. Connor Yau picked up an assist on Kalk’s goal at Clarkson, while River Rymsha collected his first point of the season with an assist on Strong’s tally the next night in Canton. Josh Hartley and Cameron Roth both had assists against Robert Morris in the game played downtown.
- Dartmouth returns home to Thompson Arena where it is 2-0-1 this season with wins against Michigan (3-2) and Colgate (2-0) and a tie with Cornell (1-1)
- The Big Green will now play five straight at home. After playing UNH, they will host Army and either Colgate or UMass Lowell in the Ledyard Classic (Dec. 30-31) and Princeton and Quinnipiac (Jan. 6-7) before its next home game in mid-January.
OFF THE ROAD
- The team completed its seven-game road trip with a disappointing 1-4-2 mark.
- Dartmouth’s lone win on the trip came at PPG Paints Arena in downtown Pittsburgh, a 5-2 triumph against the hosts from Robert Morris.
- The next-longest roadie of the season for the Green and White is a three-game stretch at Colgate and Cornell (Jan. 27-28) and a down-and-back to Harvard (Feb. 3).
- Saturday’s game will be carried live on both the Ivy League Digital Network as well as ESPN3 for those with it included as part of their cable packages. Rob Kennedy will handle play-by-play duties.
- Dartmouth men’s hockey games will now be carried on ESPN Radio WTSL 94.5FM/1400AM this season. Rob Kennedy will handle play-by-play duties this weekend with Wayne Young ’72 adding color commentary.
- Fans are encouraged to follow the team’s official Twitter account for in-game updates and insights: @Dartmouth_MIH.
There is a three-week break for the holidays following Saturday’s game. The next time the Green returns to the ice is Friday, Dec. 30 against Army in the Ledyard Classic. Colgate and UMass Lowell are the other two teams participating in the weekend tournament with winners playing the following night. Dartmouth will play the 7 p.m. game both nights.