|Game 13||Dartmouth | 3-8-1 vs. No. 16 New Hampshire | 9-7-1
|When||Friday | Dec. 29, 2017 | 7 PM|
|Where||Hanover, N.H. | Thompson Arena | 4,500|
|All-Time Series||UNH | 35-20-3|
|Last Meeting||Dec. 10, 2016 | W, 5-1 | Hanover|
|Game 14||Dartmouth | 3-8-1 vs. No. 17 Minnesota Duluth | 8-9-2|
|When||Saturday | Dec. 30, 2017 | 7 PM|
|Where||Hanover, N.H. | Thompson Arena | 4,500|
|All-Time Series||UMD | 3-1-0|
|Last Meeting||Dec. 30, 1995 | L, 3-2 | Sheraton-USAir Classic (UVM)|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM | PBP: Rob Kennedy|
|Stream||Yale vs. UMD | Dartmouth vs. UNH | Yale vs. UNH | Dartmouth vs. UMD|
|Live Stats||CollegeHockeyStats.net | DartmouthSports.com|
|Social|| Twitter: @Dartmouth_MIH
|Game Notes||Dartmouth (PDF) | Yale | UNH | Minnesota Duluth|
|Tickets||Dartmouth Ticket Online Office | 603-646-2466|
The Dartmouth men’s hockey program plays host to a trio of visiting teams this weekend with the 29th Annual Ledyard Classic set to take over Thompson Arena on Friday and Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth shocked many in the college hockey community with a weekend split in Denver against the defending national champion and second-ranked Pioneers in the final two games before the winter break.
• The Big Green dropped the weekend opener on Friday evening, 1-0, despite several quality scoring chances and a stellar outing from netminder Devin Buffalo.
• The second night was perhaps the most shocking result of the young college hockey season. After falling behind 3-0 in the opening period, the Big Green chipped away at the deficit, tying it up with three goals in the middle frame. Two more in the third gave Dartmouth five unanswered goals. Denver would notch one late with the goalie pulled, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the visiting team’s comeback as they held on for the 5-4 upset.
THE LEDYARD CLASSIC
For the 29th time in the last 39 years, Thompson Arena will host the Ledyard Classic (formerly the Auld Lang Syne Tournament until 2002). UMass Lowell won the annual mid-season tournament by defeating the Big Green, 7-4, in last year’s championship game.
Friday, December 29
4:05 p.m. – Yale vs. Minnesota Duluth
7:05 p.m. – Dartmouth vs. New Hampshire
(or 55 minutes after Yale/UMD, whichever is later)
Saturday, December 30
4:05 p.m. – Yale vs. New Hampshire
7:05 p.m. – Dartmouth vs. Minnesota Duluth
(or 55 minutes after Yale/UNH game, whichever is later)
DARTMOUTH AT THE LEDYARD
• The Big Green are 28-24-4 in their own tournament.
• Dartmouth has seven titles: 1978, ’80, ’81, ’02, ’04, ’08 and 2015-16.
• Additionally, The Big Green have a pair of shootout wins against Denver (2015) and Army West Point (2016-17).
|Year||Game||Opponent | Result|
|1978||Second Game:||Dartmouth 7, Bowdoin 1|
|Championship:||Dartmouth 7, Clarkson 1|
|1979||Second Team:||Dartmouth 7, Air Force 3|
|Championship:||Vermont 5, Dartmouth 4 (OT)|
|1980||Second Team:||Dartmouth 5, Merrimack 4|
|Championship:||Dartmouth 4, St. Lawrence 3 (OT)|
|1981||Second Game:||Dartmouth 6, UNH 5|
|Championship:||Dartmouth 7, Maine 4|
|1982||Second Game:||Dartmouth 9, Vermont 7|
|Championship:||New Hampshire 7, Dartmouth 0|
|1983||Second Game:||Maine 5, Dartmouth 2|
|Consolation:||Vermont 5, Dartmouth 0|
|1984||Second Game:||Dartmouth 5, Air Force 4 (2OT)|
|Championship:||New Hampshire 9, Dartmouth 4|
|1985||Second Game:||Dartmouth 6, Bowdoin 5 (OT)|
|Championship:||Vermont 5, Dartmouth 4|
|1986||Second Game:||Holy Cross 5, Dartmouth 2|
|Consolation:||Vermont 8, Dartmouth 3|
|1987||Second Game:||Dalhousie 5, Dartmouth 2|
|Consolation:||Dartmouth 4, Providence 2|
|1988||Second Game:||Dartmouth 4, New Hampshire 3|
|Championship:||Northeastern 3, Dartmouth 2|
|1991||Second Game:||New Hampshire 8, Dartmouth 3|
|Consolation:||Vermont 6, Dartmouth 3|
|1994||Second Game:||Dartmouth 4, Providence 2|
|Championship:||Vermont 4, Dartmouth 3|
|1996||Second Game:||Dartmouth 6, UMass Lowell 2|
|Championship:||St. Lawrence 3, Dartmouth 2|
|1998||First Game:||Dartmouth 8, Air Force 1|
|Championship:||Vermont 4, Dartmouth 1|
|2000||Second Game:||Dartmouth 6, New Hampshire 3|
|Championship:||Vermont 4, Dartmouth 2|
|2002||Second Game:||Dartmouth 6, Notre Dame 4|
|Championship:||Dartmouth 10, UMass Lowell 2|
|2004||Second Game:||Dartmouth 1, Bowling Green 1^ (OT)|
|Championship:||Dartmouth 6, Vermont 3|
|2006||Second Game:||North Dakota 4, Dartmouth 1|
|Consolation:||Boston Univ. 3, Dartmouth 0|
|2008||Second Game:||Dartmouth 5, Army 4 (OT)|
|Championship:||Dartmouth 4, Bemidji State 2|
|2009||Second Game:||Northeastern 7, Dartmouth 0|
|Consolation:||Holy Cross 4, Dartmouth 2|
|2010||Second Game:||Mercyhurst 4^, Dartmouth 4 (OT)|
|Consolation:||Dartmouth 4, Colgate 3 (OT)|
|2011||Second Game:||Dartmouth 3, Holy Cross 2|
|Championship:||St. Lawrence 2^, Dartmouth 2 (OT)|
|2012||Second Game:||Dartmouth 4, New Hampshire 1|
|Championship:||UMass 3, Dartmouth 2|
|2013||Second Game:||Providence 3, Dartmouth 2|
|Consolation:||Dartmouth 8, Northeastern 8 (OT)|
|2015||Second Game:||Dartmouth 1^, Denver 1|
|Championship:||Boston College 3, Dartmouth 2|
|2016 (15-16)||Second Game:||Dartmouth 5, Robert Morris 1|
|Fourth Game:||Dartmouth 3, Merrimack 0|
|2016 (16-17)||Second Game:||Dartmouth 2^, Army West Point 2 (OT/1-0 SOW)|
|Fourth Game:||UMass Lowell 7, Dartmouth 4|
2017 PARTICIPANT INFO
• The Bulldogs are new to the Ledyard. Which Bulldogs? Both. Neither Yale, nor Minnesota Duluth have ever played in Dartmouth’s mid-season tourney before.
• New Hampshire’s four titles trail only Dartmouth (7) and Vermont (6) for most in tournament history. However, the Wildcats’ most recent title was back in 1986. Overall, UNH is 12-8-0 in 20 appearances.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: 12-8-0
|Year||Game | Opponent | Result|
|1980||First Game: St. Lawrence 6, New Hampshire 0|
|Consolation: New Hampshire 5, Merrimack 3|
|1981||Second Game: Dartmouth 6, New Hampshire 5|
|Consolation: Vermont 8, New Hampshire 4|
|1982||First Game: New Hampshire 8, Maine 5|
|Championship: New Hampshire 7, Dartmouth 0|
|1983||First Game: New Hampshire 4, Vermont 1|
|Championship: New Hampshire 5, Maine 4|
|1984||First Game: New Hampshire 11, Vermont 4|
|Championship: New Hampshire 9, Dartmouth 4|
|1986||First Game: New Hampshire 3, Vermont 2 (OT)|
|Championship: New Hampshire 4, Holy Cross 1|
|1988||Second Game: Dartmouth 4, New Hampshire 3|
|Consolation: Vermont 7, New Hampshire 4|
|1991||Second Game: New Hampshire 8, Dartmouth 3|
|Championship: Boston Univ. 3, New Hampshire 2|
|2000||Second Game: Dartmouth 6, New Hampshire 3|
|Consolation: New Hampshire 4, Miami (OH) 1|
|2012||Second Game: Dartmouth 4, New Hampshire 1|
|Consolation: New Hampshire 3, Bemidji State 2 (OT)|
YALE: First appearance.
MINNESOTA DULUTH: First appearance.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
• The Wildcats were one of the hottest teams coming out of the gate this season, winning their first five games and earning a spot in the national rankings top-10.
• Since, UNH has cooled off a bit and comes to Hanover with a 9-7-1 overall record.
• Senior Michael McNicholas leads the team in scoring (17) and assists (12), while freshman and Florida draft pick Max Gildon’s seven goals are the most on the roster.
• Daniel Tirone is the go-to goalie with all 17 starts this year. He has a goals against average of 2.49 and a .918 save percentage.
• This is the 28th and final season behind the bench for head coach Dick Umile, who will retire following the 2017-18 campaign. The six-time Hockey East Coach of the Year is the program’s all-time leader in coaching victories (595) and one of just 12 coaches all-time to lead his team in over 1,000 games.
AGAINST THE WILDCATS
• Friday’s game marks the 59th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Wildcats own a 35-20-3 edge in the series that dates back to 1936.
• Dartmouth’s 20th win against their cross-state rival came last season via a 5-1 victory at Thompson. John Ernsting, Daniel Warpecha and Clay Han all scored in the game with then-seniors Troy Crema and Grant Opperman notching the other two scores.
• The Bulldogs are 8-9-2 overall this season, but are ranked 17th in the most recent national poll thanks to the strength of their schedule against tough competition.
• Duluth is coming off a great 2016-17 season that saw the Bulldogs reach the Frozen Four in Chicago, falling in the national title game to fellow NCHC rival Denver, 3-2. The team defeated then-defending national champion North Dakota, 4-3, in the NCHC Tournament Championship Game held in Minneapolis prior to the NCAAs.
• A 6-2 win at Omaha on Dec. 9 snapped a three-game skid for UMD and sent them into the break with a victory.
• Leading the way this season is freshman defenseman Scott Perunovich and his 16 points and 12 assists. Sophomore and Dallas pick Riley Tufte leads the team with eight goals.
• Sophomore wingers Joey Anderson and Riley Tufte and freshmen defensemen Mikey Anderson (Joey’s brother), Scott Perunovich and Dylan Samberg will represent the Minnesota Duluth while skating for United States at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. That 10-team event runs from Dec. 26, 2017- Jan. 5, 2018 in Buffalo. The U.S. will open preliminary round play on Dec. 27 against Denmark at KeyBank Center, causing the five players to miss the weekend in Hanover.
AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
• Dartmouth and Duluth have played just four all-time meetings with three coming in the 1950s.
• The last time these two met was a Dec. 30, 1995 contest in Vermont’s holiday tournament (then known as the Sheraton-USAir Classic). The Bulldogs edged the Big Green, 3-2.
• Dartmouth’s lone win in the series was a 5-4 overtime victory in Duluth on Dec. 26, 1953.
• The Bulldogs are already 0-1-0 this season in Thompson Arena, dropping a league game to Dartmouth, 3-1, back on Nov. 4.
• At 5-7-0 overall and 4-6-0 in ECAC Hockey games, Yale has played just two non-conference games. The most recent was at Sacred Heart on Dec. 9 in its final game before the break, earning a 2-1 win. The other non-league game came against the team it plays Saturday: New Hampshire. The Wildcats beat the Bulldogs, 4-0, in New Haven on Nov. 25.
• Junior Joe Snively leads the team in both goals (7) and points (12), while senior Ryan Hitchcock and sophomore Billy Sweezey each have seven assists.
• In goal, Sam Tucker has started in all but one game, posting a 5-6-0 mark to go along with a .904 save percentage and a 2.74 GAA.
WE’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE
This is the second time for the members of this year’s senior class that they have fallen behind the defending national champs 3-0 on the road and come back to win a game.
• On Nov. 7, 2014, Union took a 3-0 lead midway through the second period before Dartmouth scored the next three goals in regulation and another 3:22 into overtime to cap the comeback with a 4-3 win. Brad Schierhorn’s goal with 50 seconds left in the third period forced OT where Tim O’Brien’s fluttering shot from the top of the circle after a faceoff beat goalie Colin Stevens for the win.
• The only remaining players who played in that game still on the roster are Corey Kalk and River Rymsha. Devin Buffalo dressed as James Kruger’s backup, but did not play.
WHAT A RETURN
Buffalo returned to the Big Green lineup this weekend after missing five weeks due to injury and did not miss a beat.
• Making his first start since Nov. 11 at Colgate, Buffalo stopped 69-of-74 shots on the weekend.
• He started with a 31-save performance in a 1-0 loss on Friday against the Pioneers, surrendering just a second-period power-play goal.
• The senior netminder then followed up with a 38-save showing in a 5-4 come-from behind win. After allowing three in the first, it wasn’t until the final minute of regulation that Denver managed to find the back of the net again against the Big Green senior.
AT HIS BEST AGAINST THE BEST
• Kevin Neiley matched his best career game with three assists in the win at No. 2 Denver.
• Neiley’s other three-point outing? Another trio of assists against No. 1 Quinnipiac at home on Jan. 29, 2016.
The Dartmouth comeback on Saturday night was sparked by a pair of players with Colorado connections.
• Former Colorado Springs resident and member of the Colorado Rampage (AAA), Cam Strong scored his first goal of the season at 3:06 of the second period, the first of Dartmouth’s five straight tallies in the game. Strong’s goal was his first point of the season, but added to the total with an assist on Collin Rutherford’s go-ahead score.
• Broomfield, Colorado, native Will Graber notched the second of the game and of his season just over a minute later to pull the Green to within a score.
WHAT A TIME
Freshman Collin Rutherford’s first career goal could not have come at a better time. With just 1:37 remaining on the clock, the rookie from Tonawanda, New York, standing at the top of the paint by himself buried the centering feed from Neiley behind the net for the go-ahead goal.
TWICE IS NICE
Sophomore Shane Sellar’s first career two-goal game was as unexpected as it was unusual.
• Sellar’s first of the season came as his centering feed from the corner of the offensive zone found its way over the goal line after ricocheting in off the back of Denver’s All-American goalie Tanner Jaillet’s stick.
• Sellar was credited with the empty netter that would eventually become the game winner as a centering pass from Denver’s Henrik Borgstrom was deflected by the long reach of Sellar at the top of the circles and traveled all the way down the ice into the open Denver net.
A FIRST… THREE TIMES
In the second game against Denver, three members of the Big Green scored their first goals of the season: Cam Strong, Shane Sellar and Collin Rutherford.
Dartmouth has had this happen in each of the last three seasons (2017-18 included):
• 2016-17: vs. No. 6 Harvard (Jan. 17) – Shane Sellar, Connor Yau and Charley Michalowski.
• 2015-16: vs. Clarkson (Jan. 16) – Tim Shoup, Kevin Neiley (2) and River Rymsha. For all three players, it was the first goals of their respective careers.
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: Denver in three games including last weekend.
• Prior to Saturday’s game against Duluth on Saturday night, the last time Dartmouth played 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.
• 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.
The Big Green continue their six-game homestand with Union and Rensselaer on Jan. 5-6 and then the following weekend against Quinnipiac and Princeton on Jan. 12-13.