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Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 | 7:05 PM
Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 | 7:05 PM
  Opponent RV Army West Point 9-6-1
No. 7 UMass Lowell 10-5-3
Colgate 4-9-4
  Location Hanover, N.H.
  Arena Thompson Arena
  All-Time Series  45-10-5 3-3-1 (Lowell) | 50-48-6 (Colgate)
  Streak 3-0-0 0-2-0 (Lowell) | 2-0-0 (Colgate
  Last Meeting Dec. 28, 2008 | W, 5-4 (OT) | Hanover | Ledyard Classic Dec. 11, 2005 | L, 3-2 | Lowell (UML)
Nov. 5, 2016 | W, 2-0 | Hanover (Colgate)
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Friday, December 30
4:05 PM
UMass Lowell (home team) vs. Colgate (visitors) | LIVE VIDEO
7:05 PM (or 55 minutes after ‘Gate/UML)
Dartmouth (home team) vs. Army West Point (visitors)

Saturday, December 31
4:05 PM
Army West Point (home team) vs. ‘Gate/UML (visitors)
7:05 PM (or 55 minutes after ‘Gate/UML)
Dartmouth (home team) vs. ‘Gate/UML (visitors)


The Dartmouth men’s hockey team will close out 2016 with its annual Ledyard Classic. The 28th installment of the annual mid-season tournament features the Big Green, Army West Point, UMass Lowell and ECAC Hockey rival Colgate.

For the 28th time in the last 38 years, Thompson Arena will play host to this tournament. Dartmouth is the defending champion, having beaten Robert Morris (5-1) and No. 20 Merrimack (3-0) last season en route to the team title on Jan. 2-3.

Colgate and UML will play at 4 p.m. on the first day with Dartmouth and the Black Knights playing the 7 p.m. nightcap. Army will play 4 p.m. on Saturday regardless of the outcome with the Big Green playing the later game. The winners of Friday’s games will play the following day for the title at either 4 or 7 p.m. depending on the outcome of the Dartmouth/Army contest.

The three teams coming to Hanover are a combined 2-6-0 overall. Army West Point is making its first trip to Hanover for the tournament since 2008, the longest stretch for any of the three without playing in the holiday tournament. The River Hawks made their third appearance the following season, falling in the 2009 title game. Colgate’s lone appearance came the next year, losing a pair of games to BC and Dartmouth.

Army West Point: 0-2-0
2008 (0-2)     Dartmouth 5, Army 4 (OT)
                      UMass 4, Army 1    

UMass Lowell: 2-4-0
1996 (0-2)     Dartmouth 6, UMass Lowell 2
                      Northeastern 4, UMass Lowell 3
2002 (1-1)     UMass Lowell 5, Vermont 0
                      Dartmouth 10, UMass Lowell 2
2009 (1-1)     UMass Lowell 3, Holy Cross 0
                      Northeastern 2, UMass Lowell 1

Colgate: 0-2-0
2010 (0-2)     Boston College 6, Colgate 5 
                      Dartmouth 4, Colgate 3 (OT)

With Dartmouth’s win in last season’s Ledyard Classic, the Big Green snapped a seven-year drought without a tournament title. The 2008 Ledyard marked the last time the home team won the championship, beating Bemidji State, 4-2, that year. Dartmouth moved ahead of Vermont in terms of total team titles with last year’s victory, earning their seventh championship.

The Big Green are back in action after a three-week break following the first half of the season. Dartmouth is 4-5-2 coming into the weekend after a sound 5-1 beating of UNH on Dec. 10 in Hanover.

Army West Point
Conference: Atlantic Hockey
Overall Record: 9-6-1
Conference Record: 9-4-0
Leading Scorer: Fr., Dominic Franco (4-8-12)
National Ranking:
Receiving Votes

Team: UMass Lowell
Conference: Hockey East
Overall Record: 10-5-3
Conference Record: 6-3-1
Leading Scorer: Sr., Joe Gambardella (8-16-24)
National Ranking: No. 7

Team: Colgate
Conference: ECAC Hockey
Overall Record: 4-9-4
Conference Record: 2-4-1
Leading Scorer: Sr., Jake Kulevich (4-9-13)
National Ranking: N/A

MR. 900!
- The second game of the weekend against either UMass Lowell or Colgate will mark the 900th career game as a head coach for Bob Gaudet. In 29 seasons behind the bench between Dartmouth (632) and Brown (266), the Dartmouth head coach and member of the Class of 1981 enters the Ledyard Classic with 898 games to his credit.
- Gaudet is already the program’s all-time leader in games coached, passing the legendary Eddie Jeremiah ’28. Gaudet has 283 wins at Dartmouth and trails only Jeremiah’s 308 as the program’s winningest coach.

at Dartmouth / Nov. 11, 1988 / W, 5-4 (Brown Head Coach)
50: at Cornell / Feb. 17, 1990 / L, 5-2
100: at Colgate / Jan. 25, 1992 / L, 7-3
200: at RPI / Feb. 25, 1995 / L, 6-1
250: at RPI / Dec. 28, 1996 / L, 6-3
267: Army / Oct. 31, 1997 / W, 7-1 (1st as Dartmouth Head Coach)
300: at Colgate / Nov. 27, 1998 / L, 6-1
400: vs. Lake Superior State% / Dec. 29, 2001 / L, 3-1
500: vs. Bowling Green% / Dec. 29, 2004 / T, 1-1 (OT)
600: vs. Northern Michigan$ / Dec. 28, 2007 / W, 4-1
700: Brown / Jan. 8, 2011 / W, 3-1
750: at Cornell (G2)* / March 9, 2012 / L, 4-3 (2OT)
800: at Vermont / Jan. 3, 2014 / T, 1-1 (OT)
900: UMass Lowell OR Colgate / Dec. 31
% - Burlington, Vt. / $- Denver, Colo. / * – ECAC Hockey 1st Round

With its 5-1 win against its in-state rival on Dec. 10, Dartmouth claimed its largest margin of victory against UNH since a 7-3 win against the Wildcats in the Consolation Game of the 1979 Frozen Four played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

The five goals scored against UNH tied the Big Green’s season-high previously reached against Robert Morris in Pittsburgh on Nov. 27. John Ernsting, Daniel Warpecha and Tory Crema (2 vs. RMU) all scored in both contests.

For the second straight year, Grant Opperman scored his first goal of the season against the Wildcats. The senior and alternate captain finally broke through with a power-play goal early in the third period for his first tally of 2016-17 to give Dartmouth a 4-0 lead. Last year, it was a first-period goal on the power play when the Green were trailing 4-0 that helped the Minnesota native to finally notch his first of the season. Both games were the 11th of the year for Dartmouth and came just one calendar day apart (Dec. 11, 2015 vs. Dec. 10, 2016).

- Devin Buffalo has made 11 straight starts in goal this season, the most to begin a campaign since Mike Devine ’08 started the first 17 games of 2006-07.
James Kruger ’16 was the last Dartmouth goalie to reach double-digits for consecutive starts to open a season, doing so in 10 straight to begin the 2014-15 year as a junior.
- The last Big Green netminder to start in 11 straight was Charles Grant ’15, doing so in both 2013-14 and last season.

All four of this year’s Ledyard teams have some connection based on last season (some are stronger than others).

- The Big Green and Black Knights both wore patched honoring longtime Army head coach and former Dartmouth player Jack Riley ’44 who died at the age of 95 last February. Both teams wore patches to honor the US Hockey Hall of Famer and reached the semifinals of their respective conference tournaments. Dartmouth continues to wear the patches this season.
- A former Brown center, current Army head coach Brian Riley (son of Jack Riley) scored a goal against Dartmouth head coach and former goaltender Bob Gaudet on Valentine’s Day in 1981. Gaudet would turn aside 21 shots in the game and go on to post the 8-4 win.

- The Raiders and Big Green have met in each of the last two postseasons with each eliminating the other. Colgate swept Dartmouth in the 2015 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals in Hamilton, while the Green and White needed a double-overtime goal from Tim O’Brien in Game 3 of last year’s first round to dispatch the Raiders.
- In an odd scheduling quirk, coupled with a three-game postseason series against one another, Dartmouth and Colgate are on the verge of something that’s never happened before in program history. If the two teams were to play each other on the second day of the Ledyard, it would be the sixth straight meeting between the Big Green and Raiders to take place in Hanover. A regular season game last year, followed by the first-round series and then a 2-0 Dartmouth win earlier this year as the two teams playing five straight at Thompson Arena, matching only a stretch of five games at home against Harvard for the Green and White. Dartmouth has never played a conference opponent six consecutive times in Hanover.

- Dartmouth eliminated Yale from the ECAC Hockey Championship with a two-game sweep of the quarterfinal series last March in New Haven. The Bulldogs would have to wait two weeks to play again, doing so against the River Hawks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Lowell would defeat the Bulldogs, 3-2, in overtime before falling, 4-1, to Quinnipiac in the East Regional Final. Quinnipiac also ended Dartmouth’s season with a 3-1 win in the league semifinals played in Lake Placid.
- It’s been almost exactly 14 years since the Big Green last scored 10 goals in a game, doing so against UML at Thompson Arena on Dec. 29, 2002. In that 10-2 win, Hugh Jessiman ’06 scored four goals, while Lee Stempniak ’05 dished out five assists.

Clay Han became the first Dartmouth defenseman to score a goal this season when he hit the back of the empty net against UNH with 1:47 remaining in the game. It was the first goal and point of the rookie’s career.

With the win against the Wildcats, Dartmouth pushed its home record to 3-0-1 this season. The Big Green and Harvard (3-0-1) remain the only teams in the nation without a home loss this season, while their .875 winning percentage on home ice trails only Penn State (.917 / 11-1-0).

Dartmouth played the Wildcats with just 18 healthy skaters and three goalies. All six scratches that night were due to injuries. However, Alex Jasiek (1-2—3) and Corey Kalk (3-3—6) are expected to return to the lineup for the Ledyard Classic.

- All four games this weekend will be carried live on both the Ivy League Digital Network.
- Dartmouth men’s hockey games will now be carried on ESPN Radio WTSL 94.5FM/1400AM this season. Rob Kennedy will handle play-by-play duties this weekend with Wayne Young ’72 adding color commentary.
- Fans are encouraged to follow the team’s official Twitter account for in-game updates and insights: @Dartmouth_MIH.

The Big Green will continue their five-game homestand with a pair of league tilts at Thompson next weekend, playing host to Princeton and Quinnipiac in the first contests of 2017.