|Games 11 & 12||Dartmouth | 2-7-1 vs. No. 2 Denver | 9-3-4
|When||Friday & Saturday | Dec. 14-15, 2017 | 7 PM MT|
|Where||Denver, Colo. | Magness Arena | 6,026|
|All-Time Series||Denver | 0-4-1|
|Last Meeting||Jan. 2, 2015 | T, 1-1 (OT) | Dartmouth wins SO | Hanover, N.H.|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM | PBP: Rob Kennedy|
|Television||Altitude 2 | TSN Go|
|Live Stats||CollegeHockeyStats.net | DenverPioneers.com|
|Game Notes||Dartmouth (PDF) | Denver (PDF)|
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team heads west to take on No. 2 Denver this weekend in a pair of games at Magness Arena.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth dropped its second home game of the season Saturday night to Bentley, 5-1.
• A three-goal barrage in just over a minute midway through the second period for the Falcons was the difference.
• Tim Shoup scored the lone Dartmouth goal at 13:35 of the third period.
• Both games this weekend will be broadcast on Altitude 2, the regional sports network in Colorado. Conor McGahey will have play-by-play duties, while Charlie Host will have color commentary.
• The Pioneers are pretty good.
• The defending national champion, Denver has been ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 all season. This season, they dropped a spot to second in the nation behind NCHC foe St. Cloud, a team whose only two losses came at Denver in early November.
• The Pios are in the midst of a five-game unbeaten streak following a pair of ties this weekend against rival Colorado College.
• Florida draft pick Henrik Borgström leads the team with 13 goals, while tied with Ducks prospect Troy Terry for the team lead with 23 points. Terry’s 16 helpers are the most by a Pioneers player this season.
• In goal, senior Tanner Jaillet continues his stellar collegiate career with an 8-2-4 record to go along with his 2.25 goals against average and .919 save percentage. As a junior, Jalliet not only helped Denver win the national title, but was the recipient of the Mike Richter Award presented annually to the nation’s top goaltender.
• Borgström (first) and Jalliet (second) were both All-Americans last season.
AGAINST THE PIONEERS
• The only two schools in Division I to start with a ‘D’ have only played five times before this weekend.
• Denver is 4-0-1 all-time against Dartmouth with wins in the first four meetings starting on New Year’s Day in 1954.
• In the last meeting, Denver came to Hanover ranked 11th to play in the Ledyard Classic. Officially, the teams played to a 1-1 tie, despite the home team outshooting the visitors, 44-25. Dartmouth advanced to the championship as Eric Robinson scored the shootout winner in the fifth round with James Kruger stopping Trevor Moore to shut the door on the following attempt.
• Sophomore Will Graber is a native of Broomfield, Colorado.
• Sophomore goalie Dean Shatzer is from Castle Rock, Colorado and his brother Derek Shatzer was a goalie for Colorado College, graduating last year.
• Cam Strong lived in Colorado from 2012-14 while he played AAA hockey with the Colorado Rampage. Strong still trains in Colorado Springs and Monument during each of the last three summers.
• Associate head coach David Lassonde was on Denver’s staff for three years before returning home to New Hampshire to join Dartmouth prior to the 2014-15 season.
• Equipment manager Nick Bayruns lived in Colorado Springs from 1996-99.
• Strength and conditioning coach Nate Strah grew up in Loveland and went to school at Colorado State and was an intern at Denver during the 2014-15 academic season.
GOAL FROM THE BACKEND
• Tim Shoup’s goal against Bentley was the first by a Dartmouth defenseman this season.
• The goal was the third of Shoup’s career and the first since scoring in Game 2 of the quarterfinal series at Yale on March 12, 2016 during his sophomore season.
• With his assists against Bentley senior Corey Kalk is now the team’s scoring leader with seven points (2-5-7).
• Kalk has a point in seven of the team’s 10 games, but has yet to record a multi-point effort.
AGAINST THE NCHC
• Since the start of the 2013-14 season when the NCHC was formed, Dartmouth has only played one team from the conference: the Ledyard Classic game with Denver during 2014-15.
• The Big Green have not played against Colorado College, Miami, Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha, St. Cloud State or Western Michigan in that time.
• The last time Dartmouth played one a non-Denver NCHC team from before the formation of the new conference was at home against North Dakota on Dec. 29, 2006 in the Ledyard Classic. UND won, 4-1.
BETTER ON THE ROAD
• Dartmouth is still looking for its first road win of the season (0-5-1).
• Freshman Matt Baker is the only Big Green player with more than one goal away from Hanover this season, scoring once at Colgate and Princeton. Ryan Blankemeier (at Holy Cross) and Will Graber (at Princeton) each have one goal this year with both scoring in road games.
THE 2017 FROZEN FOUR
• Dartmouth has one of the most challenging schedules in the nation this year and will play five of its 29 regular season games this season against teams who reached the Frozen Four in Chicago last year.
• The Big Green lost at then-No. 3 Harvard, 5-0, on Oct. 29 with one more game against the Crimson in Hanover on Feb. 2.
• Denver won the whole thing last year and hosts Dartmouth this weekend for two non-conference games.
• The team Denver beat in the national championship game last season was Minnesota Duluth, one of the four teams coming to Hanover in two weeks for the Ledyard Classic. The Bulldogs play Yale in the first game on Dec. 29 before taking on Dartmouth in the final game of the weekend the following evening at 7 p.m.
• This week’s trip to the Centennial State is the longest for the Green and White since a trip to Denver during the 2007-08 season. Dartmouth beat Northern Michigan, 4-1, on Dec. 28, only to fall to the host Pioneers, 5-3, the following day in the championship of the Denver Cup.
• Via Google Maps (the most trusted name in online cartography), Thompson Arena and Magness Arena are separated by 1,937 miles of roads.
• The longest two road trips since then have come in each of the last two years.
o At Michigan in 2015-16: 773 miles (also via Google Maps)
o At Robert Morris in 2016-17: 625 miles
(All of these are moot since the team flew to Denver and didn't drive.)
TV SCHEDULES ARE BUILT FOR US
• This weekend marks the Big Green’s first regular season trip outside of the Eastern Time Zone since that trip to Denver in 2007. Prior to that, it was a two-game swing at Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 27-28, 1998 when the team ventured beyond the bounds of the country’s first time zone.
• The Big Green’s 2013 European trip — including a pair of games in Switzerland and another in Italy — was the last time the team played outside of its home time zone in any contest.
THE ONLY ONES LEFT
• Dartmouth is the only ECAC Hockey team in action this week.
• Union lost at home to UMass on Dec. 10 in the most recent game featuring a non-Dartmouth ECAC team.
• It makes sense that the Big Green would need to play later as they are tied with Harvard for the fewest games played so far this season with 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.
Winter break begins following this weekend with the players heading home for Christmas. When the team returns to Hanover, it will host the 29th annual Ledyard Classic on Dec. 29-30. The Big Green will play UNH and Minnesota Duluth with Yale rounding out the four-team field.