|Game 24||Dartmouth | 9-12-2, 7-8-1 vs. Rensselaer | 5-20-4, 4-11-2|
|When||Friday | Feb. 9, 2018 | 7 PM|
|Where||Troy, N.Y. | Houston Field House | 5,217
|All-Time Series||RPI | 46-40-5
|Last Meeting||Jan. 6, 2018 | W, 6-5 (OT) | Hanover|
|Game 25||Dartmouth | 9-12-2, 7-8-1 vs. RV Union | 16-13-1, 11-5-0|
|When||Saturday | Jan. 27, 2018 | 7 PM
|Where||Schenectady, N.Y. | Messa Rink | 2,225
|All-Time Series||Union | 28-26-7|
|Last Meeting||Jan. 5, 2018 | L, 4-1 | Hanover|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM | PBP: Rob Kennedy|
|Stream||Rensselaer (RPItv) | Union|
|Live Stats||CollegeHockeyStats.net | Rensselaer | Union|
|Social|| Twitter: @Dartmouth_MIH
|Game Notes||Dartmouth (PDF) | Rensselaer | Union|
|Tickets||Dartmouth Ticket Office|
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team is back on the road to take on Rensselaer and Union this weekend in a pair of ECAC Hockey games.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green fell to Harvard, 4-1, in the lone game played last weekend. Shane Sellar scored the team’s lone goal to tie the game in the second period, only to see the Crimson regain the lead and then score twice late in regulation to seal the win.
• The Engineers have struggled this season with a 5-20-4 overall record and a 4-11-2 mark in conference games.
• However, with that being said, RPI is coming off their biggest win of the season with a 2-1 victory last Saturday night at No. 1 Cornell. A Brady Wiffen shorthanded goal at 6:15 of the second proved to be the winner.
• The Engineers snapped a five-game winless stretch with the victory in Ithaca, but have just three wins since the start of December.
• Balance has been key to the team’s scoring as Jacob Hayhurst leads the team in scoring (8-10-18), while Viktor Liljegren (9) leads the team in goals and Mike Prapavessis (15) is the team’s top assist man.
• Freshman Linden Marshall was the winning goalie against the Big Red, stopping 29 shots. He has been the goalie of record for RPI in 19 games this season and leads their netminders in save percentage (.911) and goals against average (2.94). He was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week on Tuesday for his play last weekend.
AGAINST THE ENGINEERS
• The two played a back-and-forth affair early in January in Hanover with the Green and White coming away with a 6-5 overtime win thanks to captain Kevan Kilistoff’s game-winning goal.
• Dartmouth’s 4-1 lead in the second period dissolved as the Engineers scored four straight goals to take a 5-4 lead. Quin Foreman’s extra-attacker goal with 1:23 left in regulation forced the OT period where Kilistoff redirected a Brendan Less point shot for the winner.
• The Dutchmen are currently third in ECAC Hockey standings thanks to 22 points and an 11-5-0 mark in league games. Overall, the team is 16-13-1.
• The team has five wins in the last six games with the lone loss coming at No. 1 Cornell last Friday. Even then, the Dutchmen only lost by one score, 4-3, with the Red netting the winner with 2:22 left in the third period.
• Senior Ryan Scarfo continues to lead the team in both goals (16) and points (28). Sebastian Vidmar and Cole Maier are tied for the lead in assists as both have 17 this season.
• Despite Jake Kupsky — a San Jose draft pick — seemingly getting all the attention in goal for Union, it’s been freshman netminder Darion Hanson that has quietly gone about putting together a solid first year in Schenectady. Hanson has a 10-4-0 record and a 2.32 goals against average, while his .908 save percentage is behind Kupsky’s .911, the only such figure in which he ranks second on the team.
AGAINST THE DUTCHMEN
• The first meeting between the two teams was a 4-1 win for the visitors in Hanover.
• A 4-for-4 night on the penalty kill helped Union keep Dartmouth at bay throughout. Foreman scored his first extra attacker goal of the weekend at 15:15 of the third to make it a 3-1 game, but hopes of a comeback were dashed thanks to a Union empty netter in the final minute.
• Perhaps there is no other conference team that Dartmouth has had more trouble with than Union in the past several seasons. The Big Green are 3-11-1 against the Dutchmen since the start of the 2012-13 season, including twice being swept in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals (2013 and 2014)
• Sophomore Shane Sellar now ranks second on the team with six goals this season.
• His six goals and 10 points in 22 games played are both career highs after posing a 1-6-7 scoring line as a rookie.
• His lone goal as a freshman came in the home win against Harvard. He matched that by scoring at Thompson against the Crimson last Friday, albeit in a loss this season.
• The scoring breakdown of this year’s Big Green roster heavily favors the sophomores.
• The Class of 2020 leads the team in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46).
• Sellar (at Denver), Charley Michalowski (Yale) and Will Graber (Quinnipiac) all have game winners, giving the sophomores 11, tied with the juniors for the team lead.
• Daniel Warpecha’s two shorthanded markers from November remain the only two of the season for Dartmouth.
BUFF WAS BETTER
• Despite the loss, senior netminder Devin Buffalo put together one of his best games of the season against the Crimson.
• His 36 saves marked his fourth-best single-game total of the season behind only Minnesota Duluth (39), at Denver (38) and at home against Princeton (38).
• In all, Buffalo has made 30 or more saves in seven of his 18 starts this year.
SINCE HE’S BETTER…
• …You should be voting for Devin Buffalo in the Hobey Baker Award fan vote.
• Currently, Buffalo is fifth in fan voting, but only third amongst ECAC Hockey players.
• Visit Vote4Hobey.com to vote for Buffalo once a day.
"We will not go quietly into the night!— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) February 7, 2018
We will not vanish without a fight!
We're going to (vote) on!
We're going to (win the fan vote at https://t.co/RBdHh9sGzR)!
Today, we celebrate our (Voting for Devin Buffalo for the Hobey Baker Award) Day!" pic.twitter.com/R8x4JblHUS
LET’S TALK STANDINGS
• With three weekends of league play remaining, there are almost no certainties outside of Cornell and Clarkson almost assuredly securing home-ice and a bye in the first round.
• The below chart lays out probabilities of a team’s chances to secure a playoff seeding PRIOR TO FRIDAY’S GAMES.
|Record||Regular Season Finish|
- ^ means the team will finish better than this playoff spot
- X means the team cannot win this playoff spot
- 50% - probability the team will win this playoff spot - green number indicates the team controls its destiny for this spot
- 50% - probability the team will win this playoff spot - red number indicates the team does not control its destiny for this spot
- Table Sorting Method
- * denotes first round bye in the post season conference tournament
- ** denotes first round home field advantage in the post season conference tournament
THE PENALTY KILL KEEPS ROLLING
• The Dartmouth PK is operating at 83.1% this season, good for 16th in the nation.
• Heading into the winter break, the team was 46th nationally (out of 60 teams) as it was killing just 78.4% of the opposition’s man-advantages.
• Since returning from the holidays, Dartmouth’s PK unit has gone 24-for-26 and boasting a 92.3% rate of success, tied with Mercyhurst (36-39) for the best mark in the country since Dec. 28.
PART OF THE REASON
• Part of the reason the PK has been so successful is that it hasn’t been overworked.
• Since that Dec. 28 return date, the Green and White are averaging 5.91 penalty minutes per game, more than a full minute less than second-best Denver.
• Dartmouth has been called for just 27 penalties in those 11 games, an average of 2.45 per game, another figure that is the lowest in the nation.
• All season, the 82 total infractions against the team are the fewest in the country, while the 3.57 per game is just slightly more than Denver (3.54). The 8.09 PIMs per game are also the second fewest to the Pioneers (7.46).
• Ironically enough, in the two meetings in December between the two teams, they combined for 14 total penalties, including five against Dartmouth in the first meeting.
DON’T EXPECT A SHOOTING GALLERY FRIDAY
• Dartmouth and Rensselaer rank 10th and 11th, respectively amongst ECAC Hockey teams in shots on goal per game this season.
• The Big Green are averaging 28.04 a contest in 23 games before a drop-off gets to RPI in 11th with 26.28 in 29 games played.
• Union is fifth in the league with 31.10 a night.
LAST TIME IN TROY
• In last season’s game at Houston Field House, then-seniors Grant Opperman and Troy Crema each scored a pair of goals with the former notching the first two and the latter getting the final two scores in the third period.
• It was the last time two Dartmouth players had multiple goals in the same game and helped the team to a 4-2 win.
• The previous time it had happened was Nov. 6, 2015 when Jack Barre ’16 and Nick Bligh ’16 each scored twice in a 7-3 home win over Brown.
THERE’S NO ‘W’ IN SCHENECTADY
• Dartmouth is looking for its first win in Messa Rink since the freshman season of this year’s senior class.
• Down 3-0 in that game, the Green fought back to win 4-3 in OT to take down the defending national champion on their home ice.
• Before that, the last time Dartmouth won in Schenectady was a 4-1 win on Jan. 21, 2011.
• 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 head out on the road next week to take on Rensselaer and Union on Friday and Saturday nights in the Capital District.