|Game 21||Dartmouth | 8-10-2, 6-6-1 vs. Colgate | 10-10-4, 6-5-1|
|When||Friday | Jan. 26, 2018 | 7 PM|
|Where||Hanover, N.H. | Appleton Arena | 4,500|
|All-Time Series|| Tied | 50-50-6
|Last Meeting||Nov. 11, 2017 | L, 3-2 | Hamilton|
|Game 22||Dartmouth | 8-10-2, 6-6-1 vs. No. 2 Cornell | 16-2-1, 10-1-1
|When|| Saturday | Jan. 27, 2018 | 7 PM
|Where|| Hanover, N.H. | Appleton Arena | 4,500
|All-Time Series||Cornell | 81-48-6|
|Last Meeting||Nov. 10, 2017 | L, 3-0 | Ithaca|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM | PBP: Rob Kennedy|
|Stream||Colgate | Cornell|
|Live Stats||CollegeHockeyStats.net | Colgate | Cornell|
|Social|| Twitter: @Dartmouth_MIH
|Game Notes||Dartmouth (PDF) | Colgate | Cornell|
|Tickets||Dartmouth Ticket Office|
|Program||Tim Shoup Cover|
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team is home for the first of two straight weekends, playing host to Colgate and No. 2 Cornell this Friday and Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green are coming off a 2-0-0 weekend in the North Country.
• Friday night’s game saw Dartmouth defeat St. Lawrence, 3-2, for its first win in Canton since Valentine’s Day 2014. The visitors scored once in each period, with Charley Michalowski, Shane Sellar and Alex Jasiek all notching tallies in the one-goal victory.
• In Saturday’s contest, the Green and White once again faced a team ranked No. 2 in the national polls and, like they had done in Denver, the team came away with a win. Captain Kevan Kilistoff got the first goal and Matt Baker scored twice, including the game winner in the third period.
• The Raiders are 10-10-4 overall and 6-5-1 in ECAC Hockey play.
• Colgate and Dartmouth are tied in the league standings with 13 points apiece coming into the weekend.
• Bobby McMann leads the team with 10 goals and 20 points, while John Snodgrass’ 12 assists are the most of any player on the roster in 2017-18.
• Sophomore Colton Point has not only been one of the top netminders in ECAC Hockey this season, but also the country as his .940 save percentage ranks second nationally and his 1.88 goals against average is sixth.
• Point also has made a splash on the international level this season, leading Canada to the Gold at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo earlier this month.
• The Raiders had been in the top-20 of the national polls for stretches earlier this season, but are on the outside looking in this week as they are receiving votes.
AGAINST THE RAIDERS
• In the first game played between the two teams this season, Colgate came away from the Nov. 11 game 3-2 winners in Hamilton.
• Corey Kalk scored early and Matt Baker notched the first goal of his career late for the losing side, while McMann had a pair in the win.
• Goalie Devin Buffalo was injured midway through the first period, causing him to miss the following five weeks of action. Adrian Clark stepped into net that afternoon and turned aside 24 in a little more than two periods of action.
• Cornell is pretty good.
• The Big Red are 16-2-1 overall this season and 10-1-1 in league games, tied with Clarkson for the top spot in the standings with 21 points.
• Currently, the team is on an eight-game unbeaten stretch (7-0-1).
• Fourth in last week’s rankings, Cornell has moved up to No. 2 in this week’s national polls after a pair of 2-0 shutout victories against Colgate last weekend, coupled with losses by No. 2 Clarkson and No. 3 St. Cloud State.
• Senior Trevor Yates leads the team in goals (11) and total points (17). Mitch Vanderlaan and Jeff Malott both have 11 assists so far, more than any other players.
• Like it always seems to do, Cornell has found another stellar freshman goaltender with rookie Matthew Galajda stepping into the starting role this season. Galajda is 12-2-1 with a 1.66 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. The GAA ranks second in the league and nationally, while the save percentage is fifth. He was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week on Tuesday.
AGAINST THE BIG RED
• Cornell scored once in each of the three periods to beat visiting Dartmouth, 3-0, on Nov. 10 in the earlier meeting between the two this year.
• Buffalo stopped 28 in the losing effort, including weathering the early storm with 14 aves in the opening frame.
• The loss snapped a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) that included four straight wins for the Big Green at Lynah Rink in Ithaca dating back to 2012.
• For the second time this season, the Green and White took down a team ranked No. 2 in that week’s polls with the 3-2 victory at Cheel Arena on Saturday night.
• Dartmouth had previously beaten Denver, 5-4, when the Pioneers were second in the polls in mid-December.
• Prior to this season, the last win against a team second in the national polls for the Big Green was a 4-1 victory against No. 2 UNH on Dec. 20, 2012 at home.
NORTH COUNTRY SWEEP
• Winning in the North Country is one of the more difficult things to do for any ECAC teams outside of St. Lawrence and Clarkson.
• As previously mentioned, Dartmouth had not won at SLU’s Appleton Arena since 2014. The last win at Clarkson came the following year on Feb. 20, 2015 as Eric Neiley scored an overtime goal just 1:06 into the extra frame.
• The last time the Green and White swept both teams in the same trip was in that 2013-14 campaign, beating the Saints, 3-1, and Clarkson, 6-1.
• That sweep in 2013-14 is the only other time a Dartmouth team has ever accomplished the feat.
CLARK AT CLARKSON
• Making his first start in goal since Bentley on Dec. 9, Adrian Clark was called up between the pipes to play No. 2 Clarkson.
• The sophomore netminder stepped up his game and turned aside 24 to earn just the second win of his career.
• Interestingly enough, both of Clark’s career wins have come against teams ranked in the top-10 as his first win came during his freshman season at home against No. 6 Harvard. Clark did not start that game, coming into the contest in the second, making Saturday night’s performance against the Golden Knights his first win coming in a start.
TIME TO TALK STANDINGS
• There is currently a three-way tie for fifth in the ECAC standings as Dartmouth, Colgate and Yale all have 13 points. Colgate has played 12 games, while Dartmouth has played 13 and Yale 14 against league opponents as of Thursday.
• Above that trio of teams is Harvard in fourth with 19 points, Union in third with 20 and Cornell and Clarkson tied for the top spot with 21.
• It was announced Tuesday afternoon that senior netminder Devin Buffalo was just one of 11 players from across the country to be named a nominee for the 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Award.
• The honor is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen — a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team, but also to the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism.
• Buffalo is also Dartmouth’s nominee for the Hobey Baker fan vote that can be found at Vote4Hobey.com
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
• After his big weekend, Matt Baker was tabbed as the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week.
• Not only did Baker have two goals in the win at No. 2 Clarkson, but he also was credited with the primary assist on Alex Jasiek’s game-winning score the night before at St. Lawrence.
• Baker joined Daniel Warpecha as the only Dartmouth players to be honored with weekly accolades from the league office in 2017-18 as Warpecha was named the Player of the Week back in November.
JASIEK’S BIG SWING
• Alex Jasiek pulled the old “Reverse Baker” and scored the game-winning goal with a great individual effort at St. Lawrence before then setting up Baker’s game-winning score the following night in Potsdam.
• Jasiek’s nine assists tie him with senior Corey Kalk for the team lead.
PPGs AT THE RIGHT TIME
• Both the Jasiek and Baker game-winning goals this past weekend came on the power play and in the third periods.
• The last time Dartmouth won consecutive games with power-play markers standing up as the GWGs was Feb. 6-7, 2015 at Brown and Yale. Corey Kalk had the winner against the Bears with Eric Neiley netting the winner the next night in New Haven.
A BIG PK AGAINST A GREAT PP
• A call midway through the third period against freshman defesneman Brendan Demler Saturday put Clarkson on the power play for five minutes, down just a goal.
• The Big Green’s penalty killers stood up to the test, not allowing the Knights’ third-ranked power play to score on the major. Clarkson had been scoring on 27.4% of their man-advantages coming into the game (third best in the nation), but were bested over the quarter of a period by the Dartmouth PK that ranked 32nd in the nation before the game.
• Since the start of the second half of the season, Dartmouth’s PK ranks fourth in the nation with a success rate of 89.5%.
PART OF THE REASON…
• …that Dartmouth can be so successful on the PK as of late is its lack of penalties called against.
• The Green are the least penalized team in ECAC Hockey and the fourth-least called squad in the nation as they average just 8.60 PIM per game.
• Dartmouth leads all teams in ECAC Hockey this season with 14.90 blocked shots per game.
• That total ranks sixth nationally, behind Holy Cross (17.31), Omaha (15.96), RIT (15.39), Michigan (15.00) and Mercyhurst (17.31).
• Dartmouth remains unbeaten on the road in 2018.
• The team is 3-6-1 in road games this season with two of those victories coming at teams ranked No. 2.
TWO-POINT NIGHTS FROM THE BLUELINE
• Connor Yau had assists on both Baker goals for his second multi-point game of the season.
• His first multi-point effort was a two-assist game against RPI on Jan. 6, the same game Tim Shoup also posted a pair of helpers.
• Those three are the only instances of Dartmouth defensemen recording multi-point efforts.
JANUARY IS OUR TIME TO SHINE
• Dartmouth always seems to be a second-half team in recent years.
• Since the start of the 2014-15 season (the first year of the current senior class), Dartmouth has ripped off 19 victories in the month of January, tied for fifth most by any program in the nation in that span.
• The team’s eight wins (8-2-0) in January during the 2015-16 season were tied with St. Cloud (8-1-1) for most in the nation that season.
• The only ECAC Hockey program with more wins in the month of January in that time is Yale (20). Yale won the only game between the two teams last season to jump the Big Green in this very prestigious and real stat.
MOST TEAM WINS IN JANUARY SINCE 2014-15
|T4||St. Cloud State||2||3||8||6||19|
100 TO 100… THIS WEEKEND?
• Corey Kalk played in his 100th career game as a member of the Big Green against Quinnipiac two weeks ago.
• Set to join Kalk in the century club as the 100th member is senior defenseman Tim Shoup.
• The Pennsylvania native could have done it last weekend in the North Country, but was sidelined by an injury, allowing him to turn the century club into a century club at home against Colgate and Cornell.
• Head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 is just three wins away from becoming just the second coach in program history to reach 300 victories in Hanover.
• Eddie Jeremiah ’30 holds the program’s wins mark with 308 over 26 seasons between the early 1940s and the late 1960s.
• Gaudet has been behind the bench as the head coach at his alma mater for 672 games coming into the weekend, most in program history.
• Overall, between stints at Brown and Dartmouth, the Saugus, Massachusetts, native has been an NCAA head coach for 935 games, which ranks 15th all-time amongst coaches at the DI level and second most amongst ECAC Hockey coaches behind only Joe Marsh, the interim coach of the Big Green’s women’s team this season.
• Behind the Bench at Dartmouth – College Hockey, Inc.
• Devin Buffalo Named A Nominee for Hockey Humanitarian Award – DartmouthSports.com
• Eleven nominees announced for 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Award - USCHO
• Matt Baker Named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week – DartmouthSports.com
• ECAC Hockey and Headway Foundation Team Up for Concussion Awareness Weekend – ECAChockey.com
• Matt Baker Named DartmouthSport.com Male Athlete of the Week
• "Smaller D-Men & Giant Killers" - Collehe Hockey, Inc. Weekly Podcast
• Rialable Stempniak back for the Hurricanes - North State Journal
• This Week in ECAC Hockey: Gaudet says Dartmouth squad ‘a fun group to work with’ - USCHO
• 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 remain home as they play host to Harvard next Friday night in a one-game weekend for the team. Puck drop from Thompson is 7:30 p.m.