|Game 7||Dartmouth | 2-4-0 vs. Vermont | 3-9-1|
|When||Saturday | Nov. 25, 2017 | 7 PM|
|Where||Hanover, N.H. | Thompson Arena | 4,500|
|All-Time Series||Vermont | 50-26-6|
|Last Meeting||Nov. 15, 2016 | L, 5-2 | Burlington|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM | PBP: Rob Kennedy|
|Stream||Ivy League Network | PBP: Marisa Ingemi|
|Live Stats||CollegeHockeyStats.net | DartmouthSports.com|
|Game Notes||Dartmouth (PDF) | Vermont|
|Game Program||River Rymsha Cover|
|Tickets||Dartmouth Ticket Office | 603-646-2466|
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team returns from its two-week hiatus for final exams with a contest against former ECAC Hockey rival Vermont at Thompson Arena.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green were bested in a pair of road games at No. 14 Cornell and Colgate on Nov. 10-11. Dartmouth dropped a 3-0 game in Ithaca before falling, 3-2, the following night in Hamilton against the surging Raiders, who have moved into the national rankings in the last two weeks.
CHaD TOY DRIVE
• Saturday’s game against the Catamounts marks the first of three times in the coming weeks that fans can donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) as part of the team’s annual toy drive.
• The team will also be collecting toys during the Dec. 10 game versus Bentley as well as the following afternoon during this year’s ‘Skate With the Big Green’ at Thompson Arena.
• For more information, please see the event's release.
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE
• Dartmouth has played six games this season with four away from home.
• The team is 0-4-0 in road games, while 2-0-0 in the only games played at home this season, a 4-3 win against Brown and a 3-1 victory against Yale.
• The Big Green’s stats also indicated an elevated level of play at Thompson so far with a 3.50 goals per game average at home compared to just 1.25 on the road. The power play and penalty kill are also vastly improved in Hanover (22.2% and 100%) over games played on the road (6.2% and 57.1%).
• The Catamounts are now 3-9-1 after a 4-1 home loss to UConn Tuesday night in Burlington. Alex Esposito’s third-period power-play goal was the lone score of the night for the home team
• Tampa Bay draft pick Ross Colton leads the team with eight goals, while tied with Matt O’Donnell (4-4-8) for the scoring lead as well.
• Sophomore netminder Stefanos Lekkas has started all 13 games and sports a 3.17 goals against average and a .910 save percentage to go along with a 3-9-1 record.
• Despite the record, Vermont has been good on special teams, ranking fifth in the nation on the penalty kill (89.3).
Thanks to a late start to the year due to Ivy League rules and a break for exams, Dartmouth’s six games played this season are the fewest by any of the 60 Division I teams. Harvard and Princeton have both played seven, with the three remaining Ivy programs having played eight.
HIS FIRST WAS THE LAST
• Freshman Matt Baker’s first career point was a goal in the final seconds of the loss at Colgate. Baker’s well-placed shot found the back of the net with just 6.4 seconds remaining and made it a one-goal final.
• Baker became the first member of the Class of 2021 to score a goal, while the fourth player in the group of six to notch a point.
• Collin Rutherford picked up an assist on his classmate’s goal, his second of the season. Those helpers make him the only rookie with multiple points early on.
FIGURING IT OUT
• Senior and alternate team captain Corey Kalk scored the other goal at Colgate, his second of the season.
• The team’s top returning scorer from a season ago (11-12-23) now has a pair of goals and assists for four points, currently third on the team behind Kevan Kilistoff (6) and Daniel Warpecha (5).
HAD YOU NOT HEARD?
• Following his four-point weekend in Dartmouth’s sweep of Brown and Yale, sophomore Daniel Warpecha was named the ECAC Hockey player of the Week.
• Warpecha notched a goal and assist in each of the wins, with both goals coming shorthanded.
• The Illinois native is one of just two conference players with multiple shorthanded markers this season, tied with Yale’s Joe Snively who scored one of his against the Green and White.
• Senior Devin Buffalo got the nod in net in both games of the central New York roadtrip. Against Cornell, Buffalo stopped 28 shots and allowed just one goal in each period. Unfortunately, he was injured the following afternoon in Hamilton after just 16 minutes.
• At the time of his removal from the game, the Alberta native had stopped all four shots he faced.
• Coming into the game to relieve his injured counterpart was sophomore Adrian Clark. In 42:38 of action, Clark stopped 24-of-26 shots — including making several spectacular saves — but was saddled with the loss.
• After a rough start to the season on the PK, Dartmouth has figured it out killing penalties.
• Since Nov. 3 (the team’s first home game), the Big Green’s PK unit ranks 10th in the nation with an 88.9% success rate killing other teams’ chances.
• Vermont is one spot ahead of them with a 90.5% rate.
GET ONE ON THE POWER PLAY
• Dartmouth – like nearly every team in college hockey — stands a better chance of winning games when it scores on the power play. This is seen in the team’s 0-3-0 record when not capitalizing on the man-advantage, while a 2-1 mark when notching at least one PPG.
AN FACEOFF ANOMALY…
• Dartmouth seniors have only taken EIGHT of the team’s 378 faceoffs this season, accounting for just 2.1 percent.
• However, as low as that seems, three teams have yet to have a senior take a draw in 2017-18: Boston College, Michigan State and Colorado College.
• The senior class’ eight faceoffs taken isn’t even the lowest in ECAC Hockey as RPI seniors have only accounted for five (and have yet to be credited with a win) prior to their weekend in Northern Ireland.
• Corey Kalk (3-for-8) has accounted all eight draws himself.
• 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.
• Saturday’s game will be carried live on ESPN3. Those with ESPN as part of their cable package can access the game online or through the ESPN app on their smart TV. Marisa Ingemi will have the call on the online feed.
• Dartmouth’s third and final home game carried on ESPN3 this season will be on Jan. 13 against Princeton.
Dartmouth is on the road next weekend to take on league foes Princeton and Quinnipiac Dec. 1-2.