|Game 2||Dartmouth | 0-1-0 at No. 3 Harvard | 0-0-0|
|When||Oct. 29, 2017 | 7 PM|
|Where||Cambridge, Mass. | Bright-Landry Hockey Center (3,095)|
|All-Time Series||Harvard | 133-63-13|
|Last Meeting||Feb. 3, 2017 | L, 5-2|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM | PBP: Rob Kennedy|
|Stream||Ivy League Network|
|Television||NESN | PBP: Ben Altsher | Color: Andy Towne|
|Live Stats||CollegeHockeyStats.net | GoCrimson.com|
|Game Notes||Dartmouth (PDF) | Harvard|
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team continues its two-game road trip through Massachusetts to start the season with a Sunday night game at No. 3 Harvard. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. with the game televised live on NESN.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green dropped their 2017-18 opener Friday night at Holy Cross, 5-3. The Crusaders jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead only to see the visitors chip away at the deficit, eventually tying the game early in the second. However, Scott Pooley’s hat trick goal for Holy Cross later in the middle frame and a late insurance marker sealed the game.
• The senior class is still looking for their first win in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League openers as they are 0-1-2 since coming to Hanover, including a 1-1 tie with Cornell last year.
• This will mark the third time these seniors have kicked off league play against Harvard, tying the Crimson, 3-3, as freshman before suffering a 7-0 loss as sophomores.
• The last time Dartmouth won its first conference game of the season was a 7-4 home victory against Yale on Nov. 2, 2012.
• Junior and team captain Kevan Kilistoff registered a goal and an assist in the team’s first game of the season.
• His two-point night was the first multi-point contest by a Dartmouth player in a season-opening game since Tyler Sikura ’15 posted a 1-1-2 as a freshman on Oct. 28, 2011 in a 2-1 win against Brown in the old Ivy Shootout at Thompson Arena.
• The Crimson will play their first game of the season on Sunday night.
• Harvard is coming off a season in which they reached the Frozen Four, falling in the national semifinal, 2-1, to Minnesota Duluth, hitting the post twice in the waning seconds.
• After an 8-4 loss at Dartmouth on Jan. 17, the Crimson went on a 17-0-1 run that earned them a spot in Chicago at the Frozen Four, their first appearance since 1994.
• There was a lot of talk about what Harvard lost following its run to the Ivy League, ECAC Hockey regular season and tournament titles and a berth in the national semifinals, but they bring back a wealth of talent once again. Bruins draft pick Ryan Donato scored 40 points as a sophomore last year, while freshman and Flames pick Adam Fox proved to be one of the top defensemen in the conference, also finishing with 40 points.
• The two teams split last season with each winning at home
• In the 8-4 win in Hanover, then-freshmen Shane Sellar, Ryan Blankemeier and Charley Michalowski all scored their first career goals. Sellar finished the night with three points (1-2-3) as did classmate Will Graber (0-3-3). Kilistoff and Connor Yau — then-sophomores — also notched their first respective goals of the year
• Making a relief appearance in goal that night, Adrian Clark earned his first career win, stopping 14 shots over the final 33:16 of play and not allowing a goal against.
• Sunday’s game marks the 210th all-time meeting between the two with the Crimson holding a commanding 133-63-13 edge.
FIRST OF THE YEAR… AGAIN
• Daniel Warpecha scored Dartmouth’s first goal of the season late in the first period Friday night. Scoring off the faceoff, it came just six seconds after Holy Cross’ third goal
• Warpecha has now factored into each of Dartmouth’s season-opening tallies in his two years with the team, assisting on Kevin Neiley’s goal against No. 11 Michigan last season, for his first collegiate point.
EARLY IN THE FRAME
• Ryan Blankemeier’s first of the year came just 39 seconds into the second period.
• Only twice last season did Dartmouth score in the opening minute of the period. Corey Kalk scored the first of his three goals against St. Lawrence at 1:00 of the second period on Feb. 24. Kalk picked up the primary assist on Blankemeier’s goal, making the pass out front from the corner.
• The quickest Dartmouth scored into a period in 2016-17 was 16 seconds by Warpecha at home in the 5-1 win on Dec. 10 against New Hampshire.
NIGHT OF FIRSTS
• Both Joey Matthews and Brendan Less picked up their first career points on Friday night as each were credited with second assists on the Big Green goals scored in the middle frame.
• Dartmouth dressed six defensemen Friday night, a mixture of three freshmen making their collegiate debuts (Matthews, Less and Demler) and a trio of juniors (Yau, River Rymsha and Cameron Roth).
• Roth’s first point of the season was the result of a point shot on the power play that was redirected by Kilistoff in front. Matthews was also credited with a point.
• In all, three of the team’s eight points came from the blueline.
• The first point from a Big Green defender last season was an assist from Tim Shoup at 7:31 of the third period in a game at Quinnipiac on Nov. 11, Dartmouth’s fourth game of the year.
NO DROUGHT THIS YEAR
• The Green and White had to wait until Nov. 27 last season before scoring a power-play goal, a drought of 0-for-43 to start the season. That ended with a pair of PPGs in the team’s 5-2 win against Robert Morris at the ironically named PPG Paints Arena.
• The team did not have to wait that long this season as Kilistoff’s goal came on the man-advantage 3:32 into the second period and on just the second power-play opportunity of the season.
WHAT’S ON TAP?
• Dartmouth is back in action next weekend with the home opener Friday against Brown and a Saturday night contest with Yale, the team that eliminated the Big Green from the playoffs with a first-round sweep in New Haven last March.
• All Dartmouth home games this season will be carried live and in HD on the Ivy League Network. Road games played at Brown, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale will also be streamed on the network for subscribers.
• Fans can also hear all 29 regular season contests live on 94.5 ESPN on their radio dials (94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM) or online. Rob Kennedy has stepped into the broadcast booth full time this season as the Voice of Big Green Men’s Hockey.
• Those looking for live updates and in-game insights can follow the team’s official Twitter account: @Dartmouth_MIH.