Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2017 | 7:00 PM
|Opponent||No. 20 St. Lawrence 15-10-7, 11-5-4
||Clarkson 14-13-5, 9-8-3 ECAC|
|Last Meeting||12.3.16 | L, 5-1 | Canton||12.2.16 | L, 4-2 | Potsdam|
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The Dartmouth men’s hockey team closes out the regular season with a pair of home games against No. 20 St. Lawrence and Clarkson this weekend.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green split its final road trip of the 2016-17 regular season last weekend, winning at Brown, 5-4, before dropping Saturday night’s game at Yale, 4-0. Dartmouth earned a season split against the Bears with the win, while the Bulldogs swept the Green with a pair of shutout wins at their expense this winter.
SCOUTING ST. LAWRENCE
- The Saints are currently 20th in the latest USCHO national poll thanks to a 15-10-7 overall record.
- SLU is currently fourth in the league standings with 26 points — just two back of Cornell — with an 11-5-4 record against ECAC Hockey competition. The Saints can finish third, but are likely to retain fourth and a first-round bye as the lowest they can fall is to fifth and there is only a 16 percent chance of that happening.
- Leading the way in scoring is senior defenseman and Canaan, New Hampshire, native, Gavin Bayreuther and his 25 points on seven goals and team-leading 18 assists. Bayreuther and Quinnipiac’s Chase Priskie (7-18-25) are the only two defensemen to lead their respective ECAC Hockey teams in scoring this season and do so with the exact same scoring line.
- Junior Kyle Hayton has started all but two games in goal this season and boasts a 14-9-7 record to go along with his league-best .933 save percentage and 2.14 goals against average.
- The Golden Knights are a game above .500 both overall (14-13-5) and in ECAC Hockey play (9-8-3).
- Clarkson will be home in the first round, that much is known. Where it will finish remains to be seen as they have an outside shot at No. 5 and could, but are unlikely to fall all the way back to No. 7. The most likely outcome is the Knights will finish sixth as there is a 92 percent chance of that scenario.
- Junior Sam Vigneault leads the team in points (32) and assists (21), while two back of Troy Josephs (13) for the team-lead in goals.
- Freshman Jake Kielly has played in 30 games this season, tied with Hayton for most by any ECAC netminder this season. He is 13-12-5 and has a .915 save percentage and a 2.57 goals against average.
AGAINST THESE TEAMS
- Dartmouth traveled to the North Country the first weekend of December for the final two contests of a seven-game road trip.
- In the first game of the weekend, the Golden Knights picked up a two-goal, 4-2, win in front of 2,407 fans at Cheel Arena. Daniel Warpecha and Corey Kalk notched Dartmouth’s two goals in the game, while Troy Josephs scored twice for Clarkson.
- The Saints took control of the Saturday night game, scoring all five goals in the final two periods in a 5-1 win. Mike Marnell and Jacob Pritchard each scored twice and Gavin Bayreuther registered three assists. Cam Strong’s fourth of the season was the lone goal of the night for the Green and White.
Following Saturday’s game with Clarkson, Dartmouth will honor five members of the senior class who will have just completed their final regular season weekend at Thompson Arena. The Class of 2017 has battled injuries — including season- and career-ending ailments — as well as scored big goals in big games in their four years in Hanover. Troy Crema, Josh Hartley, Brandon Kirk, Kyle Nickerson and Grant Opperman have provided their teammates with leadership, in addition to a road map on how to deal with adversity and come out the other side a better player and person.
- Grant Opperman: Comes into the weekend with 121 games played in a Dartmouth uniform, placing him alone in 32nd in program history. He is the active leader in points (70) and assists (45).
- Troy Crema: The team leader in points (26) and goals (16), he has set career highs across the board this year. His 16 goals in 27 games this season are already six more than his cumulative total from his first three years and 60 games.
- Josh Hartley: The most seasoned veteran of the Big Green’s blueline, Hartley enters play this weekend with 109 career games to his credit, with two more games moving him into the program’s top-50 for appearances in a Dartmouth sweater. His shorthanded, empty-net, game-winning goal against RPI two weeks ago was the 10th tally of his career.
- Kyle Nickerson: Hampered by an injury during his senior season, Nickerson is just two games shy of 50 for his career. His lone collegiate goal was a shorthanded marker at home against RPI on Jan. 30, 2015 in a 3-1 Dartmouth win. The winger from Massachusetts has a scoring line of 1-6-7 over the course of his four-year career.
- Brandon Kirk: The California native saw his collegiate career cut short by an injury following his sophomore season. Kirk’s statline will show 30 games played and two assists, but his presence and leadership in the locker room and on the ice during practices in the years that followed his retirement will be what many around this program remember.
With Senior Day right around the corner, it’s good to point out how dedicated these guys are to their studies. Maybe not Opperman or Crema. pic.twitter.com/oi769br9l8— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) February 21, 2017
Opperman notched the first hat trick of his collegiate career in the win against Brown. After the team fell behind 2-0 early in the first period, Opperman stepped up and scored two goals to tie the game before the first intermission and then capped the three-goal night with his final tally midway through the second. For Dartmouth, it was the first hat trick of the season and the first since captain Brad Schierhorn notched all three goals in Dartmouth’s Game 1 overtime win against Colgate in last year’s first-round playoff series.
With just two games remaining and a log jam in the middle of the pack with four teams battling for the final two home-ice positions in the first round of the ECAC Hockey postseason, there are several playoff scenarios for the Big Green.
- Dartmouth can finish no higher than seventh and no lower than 10th in the standings and either host a first-round series or head out on the road in the opening round for the first time since 2014.
Scenarios in which Dartmouth could earn the No. 8 seed on Friday night vs. St. Lawrence:
- Dartmouth beats or ties St. Lawrence, and Union beats Colgate, and Brown beats Princeton
- Dartmouth beats St. Lawrence, and Union beats or ties Colgate, and Princeton ties Brown, and Yale beats or ties Quinnipiac
- Dartmouth beats St. Lawrence, and Colgate ties Union, and Brown beats Princeton, and Yale beats or ties Quinnipiac
|Record||Regular Season Finish|
- ^ means the team will finish better than this playoff spot
- X means the team cannot win this playoff spot
- 50% - probability the team will win this playoff spot - green number indicates the team controls its destiny for this spot
- 50% - probability the team will win this playoff spot - red number indicates the team does not control its destiny for this spot
- * denotes first round bye in the post season conference tournament
- ** denotes first round home field advantage in the post season conference tournament
|Winning Percentage of|
|Resultant Record||Regular Season Finish|
|2 of 2||100%||9||11||2||20||X||X||X||X||X||X||32%||68%||^||^||^||^|
|1 of 2||50%||8||12||2||18||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||48%||45%||8%||^||^|
|0 of 2||0%||7||13||2||16||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||3%||30%||68%||^||^|
ECAC Hockey Most Important Games (Friday only)
|Dartmouth (10‑14‑3)||St. Lawrence (15‑10‑7)||85|
|Quinnipiac (17‑13‑2)||Yale (11‑11‑5)||52|
|Colgate (8‑18‑6)||Union (22‑8‑2)||18|
|Princeton (11‑13‑3)||Brown (4‑21‑2)||16|
|Harvard (20‑5‑2)||Clarkson (14‑13‑5)||1|
|Cornell (17‑6‑4)||Rensselaer (7‑25‑1)||0|
NOTE: The Most Important Games are those conference games in the upcoming week whose outcome most changes the final standings. The Importance Factor provides a relative importance between games.
Tables built from information obtiained from PlayoffStatus.com
THANK YOU, ROGER
Dartmouth Athletics would like to thank Roger Arend for his more than three decades of service to the Big Green hockey programs. Arend has been the scoreboard operator for the last 33 years and has been witness to over 600 men’s and women’s games at Thompson Arena during this time. This weekend marks his final regular season home weekend behind the glass and we thank him for his dedication to Dartmouth hockey.
IS 16 ENOUGH?
Troy Crema’s 16th goal of the season may have been a bit fluky as the senior put it in off the skate of a Brown defenseman on the power play.
- The last Dartmouth player to score 16 goals in a season was Eric Neiley ’15 as a junior in 2013-14, when he notched three in the postseason. Adam Estoclet ’11 also scored 16 as a senior, but like Neiley, also scored three in the team’s five-game postseason.
- Scott Fleming ’11 was the last Big Green player to score at least 16 times in the regular season, notching 20 in 29 regular-season games and then two more in a first-round playoff series at Quinnipiac during his junior campaign in 2009-10.
Crema’s game winner at Brown was his fifth of the season, tying him with Mike Vecchione of Union for the most by an ECAC Hockey player this season. It’s also just the fourth time since 2000 that a Dartmouth player has had at least five GWGs in a single season.
- 2016-17: Troy Crema (5)
- 2014-15: Eric Neiley (6)
- 2001-02: Jamie Herrington (5)
- 2000-01: Mike Maturo (6)
With Opperman’s hat trick and another for Crema, coupled with no goals from the freshmen, the seniors finally overtook the rookies as the top goal-scoring class this season. The Class of 2017 has 26 goals between Crema (16), Opperman (7) and Hartley (3), while the Class of 2020 has 24 goals between its nine skaters.
- The freshman class does have a lead in terms of assists (42) and points (66) with an overwhelming number coming at even strength. Of the 24 rookie goals this season, only one has come on the power play.
- The sophomores are clearly the top faceoff group, accounting for 46.9 percent of the draws won this season (460 of 916).
Dartmouth’s win at Brown was the 1,100th victory in the program’s 111-year history.
Dartmouth was shutout by Yale in two games this season, 7-0 and 4-0. The Big Green had been shutout in a season series against Yale once before during the 1955-56 season.
- 1.21.56 | Hanover | L, 6-0
- 2.11.56 | New Haven | L, 5-0
- This weekend’s games will be carried live on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers to the league’s video streaming services.
- Dartmouth men’s hockey games will now be carried on ESPN Radio WTSL 94.5FM/1400AM this season. Adam Giardino will handle play-by-play duties this weekend with Michael Kaiser ’18 adding color commentary.
- Fans are encouraged to follow the team’s official Twitter account for in-game updates and insights: @Dartmouth_MIH.
The Big Green will play in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Championship next weekend. Seed, opponent and times are still all to be determined. Check back with DartmouthSports.com for updates regarding the postseason.