|ECAC Hockey First Round
March 3-5, 2017 | 7 PM
|Opponent||#8 Yale | 11-13-5, 7-11-4 ECAC|
|Location||New Haven, Conn.|
|Last Meeting||2.18.17 | L, 4-0 | New Haven|
|Video||ECAC Hockey Boxcast|
|Radio||WTSL 94.5 FM/1400 AM (ESPN Radio)|
| On the Call
||PBP: Adam Giardino|
|In-Game Twitter||@Dartmouth_MIH / @Yale_Hockey|
||Dartmouth Notes: PDF | Yale Preview / Notes|
|Tickets||Yale Ticket Office|
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The Dartmouth men’s hockey team is on the road this weekend for the first round of the 2017 ECAC Hockey Championship. The ninth-seeded Big Green travel to New Haven to take on eighth-seeded Yale for a best-of-three series at Ingalls Rink.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth finished ninth in the standings thanks to a pair of late losses in the final week of the regular season to No. 20 St. Lawrence (5-4) and Clarkson (6-4). The home team fought back to take a 4-3 lead on Friday, but a pair of late goals from the visiting Saints led them to the win, while Saturday saw the Green squander a 3-0 first-period lead and allow the Golden Knights to score six straight over the final two periods before a 6-4 final.
THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
Dartmouth and Yale tangle for the second straight year, while three other first-round series will also be happening this weekend. Additionally, Harvard (1), Union (2), Cornell (3) and St. Lawrence (4) earned the top-four spots and the bye week and await the first-round winners to determine their opponents.
2017 First Round Series
No. 12 Brown at No. 5 Quinnipiac
No. 11 Rensselaer at No. 6 Clarkson
No. 10 Colgate at No. 7 Princeton
No. 9 Dartmouth at No. 8 Yale
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
- Yale fell back into the No. 8 seed after also losing two games during the final weekend of the 2016-17 regular season. The Bulldogs lost to cross-town rival Quinnipiac, 3-2, before a 4-1 setback against Princeton allowed the Tigers to leap over the Elis and into the No. 7 spot.
- Yale’s only win in its last eight games was a 4-0 win against Dartmouth in New Haven two weeks ago.
- Sophomore Joe Snively wrapped up the regular season with a team-leading 33 points and 22 assists, 10 more helpers than anyone else on the team this year.
- Senior John Hayden scored a Yale-best 19 goals in his final season in blue and white and has 48 for his career coming into the weekend.
- In goal, it’s been mostly senior Patrick Spano and his 2.70 goals against average, .907 save percentage and record of 8-7-4. However, Sam Tucker played in 11 games and picked up three wins, including against the Big Green at home.
THIS SEASON AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
- This was not a fun series for the Big Green, who were shutout in both games against the Elis this season for the first time since the 1955-56 campaign.
- Yale won the Jan. 20 game in Hanover, 7-0, thanks to a four-point night (2-2-4) from defenseman Charlie Curti. In all, six Bulldogs registered multiple points in the most lopsided ECAC Hockey game of the season.
- The Feb. 18 game in New Haven was closer, but the result ended up the same with Yale earning its only other shutout of the season in a 4-0 win. Spano had the shutout in Hanover, while Tucker was given the nod on Senior Night at Ingalls and posted 26 stops and the shutout victory.
IN THE POSTSEASON AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
- Despite Yale owning a 20-win advantage all-time against Dartmouth, the Big Green have won six of the seven postseason meetings between the programs, including all three playoff rounds.
- Last season’s quarterfinals sweep was the second time that the Big Green had needed the minimum number of games to dispatch the Bulldogs in the playoffs, doing so in the 2006 quarterfinals in Hanover as the No. 1 seed against the 11th-seeded visitors.
- The first postseason meeting between the two Ivy League foes was a first-round series in 2005 as No. 5 Dartmouth needed three games to oust No. 12 Yale. The Green and White easily handled the Bulldogs in Game 1 (7-2) and Game 3 (5-1), but were tripped up in the second game as the team from The Elm City earned a 5-4 overtime win.
|Year||Round||Dartmouth Seed||Yale Seed||Location||Results||Winner|
|2005||First||5||12||Hanover||G1: W, 7-2 | G2: L, 5-4/OT | G3: W, 5-1||Dartmouth (2-1)|
|2006||Quarterfinals||1||11||Hanover||G1: W, 5-1 | G2: W, 3-1||Dartmouth (2-0)|
|2016||Quarterfinals||7||2||New Haven||G1: W, 4-3/OT | G2: W, 2-1||Dartmouth (2-0)|
AGAINST A NO. 8
All-time, Dartmouth is 2-2 against teams ranked eighth in the league standings.
- Third-seeded Dartmouth dropped the 1980 title game at Boston Garden, 5-1, to No. 8 Cornell.
- The Big Green played at Rensselaer in 1996, dropping a single-elimination game in a heartbreaking 5-4 double-time loss.
- It wasn’t until 2012 that the Green met up once again with a No. 8 seed, sweeping St. Lawrence at Appleton Arena with a 6-3 Game 1 win and then a 4-1 victory in game 2. It still remains the only time an opponent has swept the Saints in their home rink in their postseason history.
AS A NO. 9 SEED
The Green are 2-3 as a No. 9 seed in ECAC Hockey tournament play.
- The first instance was the aforementioned double-overtime loss at RPI in 1996, while the next was the St. Lawrence sweep in 2012.
- Following the SLU win, Dartmouth would go on to suffer a sweep at the hands of Cornell in 2012. Game 1 went to double overtime where the Big Red earned the win, completing the quarterfinals sweep the next night with a 3-1 triumph.
- With Dartmouth and Yale playing once again in the postseason, it will mark the ninth time in program history that the Big Green has played the same opponent in the playoffs in consecutive years.
- Dartmouth has tangled with the following teams in either a series or single-elimination game in at least two straight years:
o Clarkson (1979/W and 1980/W)
o Colgate (2002/W, 2003/W, 2004/L and 2015/L, 2016/W)
o RPI (2000/L, 2001/W)
o Harvard (2003/L, 2004/L)
o Cornell (2011/L, 2012/L)
o Union (2013/L, 2014/L)
o Yale (2005/W, 2006/W and 2016/W, 2017/TBD)
- Yale and Colgate are the only teams this has happened with more than once.
ON THE ROAD
To say Dartmouth is better at home than on the road in the postseason would be an understatement. The Big Green are 11-1 all-time in home playoff series, while just 3-8 away from Thompson Arena. However, all three of those road series victories have come in the last six seasons.
- 2012 First Round at No. 8 St. Lawrence | 2-0
- 2014 First Round at No. 7 Rensselaer | 2-1
- 2016 Quarterfinals at No. 2 Yale | 2-0
HAT TRICKS EVERY FRIDAY!
- Corey Kalk notched his first career hat trick last Friday against St. Lawrence, scoring once in the second and two more times (both on the power play) in the third.
- It was the second Dartmouth hat trick in as many Friday’s as senior Grant Opperman picked up his first the previous week in a 5-4 win at Brown. Kalk’s came in a 5-4 loss.
THE ROAD WAS GOOD TO ALMOST NO ONE
- Dartmouth’s sweep in New Haven last year was the only time a lower-seeded team won either a road series or a single-elimination contest during the conference tournament.
- Home teams were 7-1 in series play in 2016, while the higher-seeded team won all three games in Lake Placid.
TWO HAT TRICKS IN A SEASON
- Kalk and Opperman became the first Dartmouth teammates with hat tricks in the same season since the 2004-05 season.
- In a two-week stretch in January of that year, Eric Przepiorka and Jarrett Sampson recorded three hat tricks. Przepiorka had a 3-1-4 game on Jan. 7 at RPI in a 9-1 win and then a 3-0-3 game at Colgate on Jan. 22 in a 6-3 victory. Jarrett Sampson had a 3-1-4 game between Sampson’s hat tricks, helping Dartmouth to a wild 9-8 win in Manchester against UNH on Jan. 12.
LEADING MOST OF THE WAY
- Senior Troy Crema has been the team’s leader in scoring for much of the season, taking over the top spot after the UNH game on Dec. 10 and never relinquishing it again.
- Crema has posted the best season of his Dartmouth career, setting new career highs in both goals (17) and points (29), while just two assists shy of last year’s mark.
For his play over the course of the season, Crema was named to the All-Ivy League First Team on Thursday afternoon. Joining Crema on the top team were Ryan Donato (Harvard), Alexander Kerfoot (Harvard), John Hayden (Yale), Yanni Kaldis (Cornell), Adam Fox (Harvard), Josh Teeves (Princeton) and Merrick Madsen (Harvard).
This weekend at Yale marks the 24th all-time ECAC Hockey postseason series for the Big Green. Dartmouth is 14-9 coming into the weekend thanks in large part to an 11-1 record in home series.
- The Big Green won three OT games in their first four postseason contests in 2016 as Brad Schierhorn (Colgate/G1), Tim O'Brien (Colgate/G2) and Connor Yau (Yale, G1) all found the back of the net in the extra period to secure wins. For O’Brien, the goal he scored came early in the second OT period of a decisive Game 3 against Colgate in the first round.
- Yau’s point shot at 17:14 of overtime in Game 1 at Yale last season remains Dartmouth’s most recent OT win as the team was 0-1-3 in sudden death this year.
LAST TIME WINNING TWO IN A ROW
- Dartmouth won consecutive games once this season, managing to string together victories at RPI (4-2) and at home against No. 6 Harvard (8-4) on Jan. 14 and 17.
- Prior to that, the Big Green’s last stretch of consecutive wins was last year’s sweep of Yale. The two-game sweep moved the win streak to three after a Game 3 win against Colgate in the first round. Top-seeded Quinnipiac snapped the run with a 3-1 win in the semifinals in Lake Placid.
- This weekend’s games will be carried live via Boxcast and ECAC Hockey. Single-game purchases cost $9.95.
- Dartmouth men’s hockey games are carried on ESPN Radio WTSL 94.5FM/1400AM and will continue to be there during the postseason. Adam Giardino will handle play-by-play duties this weekend at Ingalls Rink.
- Fans are encouraged to follow the team’s official Twitter account for in-game updates and insights: @Dartmouth_MIH.