|Game 8||Dartmouth | 2-5-0, 2-3-0 vs. Princeton | 4-5-1, 2-4-1
|When||Friday | Dec. 1, 2017 | 7 PM|
|Where||Princeton, N.J. | Hobey Baker Rink | 2,092|
|All-Time Series||Dartmouth | 103-85-17|
|Last Meeting||Jan. 6, 2017 | W, 5-0 | Hanover|
|Game 9||Dartmouth | 2-5-0, 2-3-0 vs. Quinnipiac | 6-7-1, 3-4-0|
|When||Saturday | Dec. 2, 2017 | 7 PM|
|Where||Hamden, Conn. | High Point Solutions Arena | 3,286|
|All-Time Series||Quinnipiac | 20-8-1|
|Last Meeting||Jan. 7, 2017 | L, 4-2 | Hanover|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM | PBP: Rob Kennedy|
|Stream||Cornell | Colgate|
|Live Stats||CollegeHockeyStats.net | Princeton | Quinnipiac|
|Game Notes||Dartmouth (PDF) | Princeton | Quinnipiac|
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team is back on the road for another conference weekend, taking on Princeton and Quinnipiac Friday and Saturday nights.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green dropped an overtime game at home to Vermont in their return from the exam break on Saturday evening in front of nearly 3,500 fans. After having not played in two weeks, Dartmouth fell, 2-1, just 20 seconds into the extra period.
IVIES ON THE ROAD
Dartmouth is back on the bus for its third and fourth straight ECAC Hockey road games.
• The team’s last home game against a league foe was Nov. 4 against Yale.
• The next ECAC Hockey game played at Thompson Arena is Jan. 5 versus Union, a span of 62 days between conference home tilts. It’s tied for the longest such stretch this season with Brown, Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
• The other Ivy (Cornell) has the shortest mid-season gap between league home games, a 48-day stretch between mid-November and early January.
• The Tigers are coming off a bad mid-week game against Quinnipiac Tuesday night at home in which they lost 6-2.
• The last team to start the season, Princeton opened with a 4-2 win at Hobey Baker Rink against Holy Cross on Oct. 29, a team Dartmouth had lost to just two days earlier in its respective season opener. A 0-0 tie with Colgate followed in the second game for the Tigers.
• The team’s two league wins came at RPI (6-2) and home against Yale (5-4).
• Max Véronneau is ninth in the league in scoring with 12 points (6-6-12), while his 0.60 points per game rank fourth.
• Freshman Ryan Ferland has been the starter in all 10 games and boasts a 4-4-1 record to go along with a .911 save percentage and 3.07 goals against average.
AGAINST THE TIGERS
• Dartmouth’s senior class is 7-0-1 against Princeton in careers, including a first-round series sweep in Hanover in 2015.
• Last season, the Big Green and Tigers played to a 2-2 tie in New Jersey with the visiting team managing a point despite playing with just four defensemen after Clay Han left the game with an injury and Josh Hartley ’17 was assessed a game misconduct.
• Dartmouth dominated the home game in early January, winning 5-0.
• The Bobcats will play Harvard on Friday night before playing host to the Green and White Saturday. A win against the Crimson would push the Bobcats back to a .500 record as they enter the weekend 6-7-1 overall and 3-4-0 in ECAC Hockey games.
• Freshman Odeen Tufto leads all QU players with 15 points and 12 assists, while chipping in a trio of goals.
• Sophomore Alex Whalen is the Bobcats’ leader in goals with six, but only one has come in seven conference tilts. Landon Smith’s four goals against ECAC competition is the most, but is buoyed by a hat trick against Brown on Nov. 17.
• Quinnipiac’s goaltending situation is an interesting one as freshman Keith Petruzzelli came to Hamden this year as one of the most highly touted netminding prospects in the nation as demonstrated by his selection in the NHL Entry Draft back in June by the Detroit Red Wings. Despite this, Petruzzelli has started just four games and has a goals against average of 4.00 and an .860 save percentage, while sophomore Andrew Shortridge is 5-5-1 with 10 starts and a 1.89 goals against average and save percentage of .924.
AGAINST THE BOBCATS
• If the Big Green seniors have enjoyed great success at the expense of Princeton, then the same can be said of the Quinnipiac seniors against Dartmouth.
• The Bobcats are 6-1-0 against Dartmouth dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season that includes a 3-1 victory in Lake Placid against the Green and White in the 2016 ECAC Hockey Semifinals.
• Dartmouth’s last win (6-3) at the TD Bank Sports Center was Game 2 of a 2010 first round series on Mar. 6. The only time the Green have won a regular season game at Quinnipiac was Feb. 9, 2007, a 5-4 victory in which future NHLers Tanner Glass (1-2-3), Nick Johnson (2-1-3), David Jones (1-2-3) and J.T. Wyman (1-0-1) all scored.
• Adrian Clark was given the nod in goal against Vermont, making his first start of the season and just the third of his career.
• Clark stopped 37-of-39 shots he faced, setting a new career high for saves in a game.
• His previous career high was 24, accomplished in a relief appearance on Nov. 11 at Colgate.
• The 37 saves were the most by any Dartmouth netminder this season and the most since Devin Buffalo stopped 48 in Hamden last season against Quinnipiac.
• Alex Jasiek scored the lone Dartmouth goal Saturday against Vermont, coming on the power play at the 7:39 mark of the first period.
• Both of Jasiek’s goals this season have come on the power play in the first period of home games as he notched his first at 16:57 of the opening frame against Yale on Nov. 4.
• Both were assisted by Corey Kalk.
• After scoring his first career goal in the final seconds of the Colgate game, freshman Matt Baker collected his first career assist on the Jasiek goal.
• Baker’s first career helper was a memorable one as the initial shot from Kalk hit Baker in the backside and ricocheted into the slot where Jasiek was waiting for the rebound.
• Quinnipiac (34.29) and Princeton (34.0) are the two top teams in ECAC hockey in terms of shots on goal this season, ranking fifth and seventh, respectively, in the nation.
• Dartmouth (22.57) is 12th amongst conference teams and 59th nationally.
• Despite such a high number of shots on goal for, Princeton is 10th in ECAC when it comes to SOG against as they’ve allowed an average of 34.20.
DIKEMBE MUTOMBO FINGER WAG
• Dartmouth ranks third in ECAC Hockey in blocks per game with 14.14.
• That figure was aided by Dartmouth blocking two consecutive point shots during a five-minute major assessed to Daniel Warpecha in the third period against Vermont. The Big Green killed off the entire Warpecha major that only featured three stops in play.
• Princeton (15.30) is one of only two conference teams averaging more blocks per game than the Green and White, along with Colgate (15.31).
LUCKY NUMBER 7
• Dartmouth has played just seven games this season, fewest of any of the 60 Division I teams.
• The other Ivies are the next five teams in terms of fewest games played: Harvard (8), Brown (9), Yale (9), Princeton (10) and Cornell (10).
• 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 at Quinnipiac will be carried live on ESPN3 for those who have it included in their cable packages.
Dartmouth returns home for a non-conference meeting next Saturday with Bentley. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. from Thompson Arena with Dartmouth continuing collecting donations for the CHaD Toy Drive.