Road Trip Continues as Dartmouth Heads to No. 6 Quinnipiac and Princeton

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By: Pat Salvas

Game 15 Dartmouth | 5-7-2, 4-2-1 vs. No. 6 Quinnipiac | 15-4-1, 6-3-1
When Friday | Jan. 11, 2019 | 7 PM
Where Hamden, Conn. | People’s United Center | 3,086
All-Time Series 10-20-2 (33rd Meeting)
Last Meeting W, 5-1 | 11.3.18 (Hanover)
Game 16 Dartmouth | 5-7-2, 4-2-1 vs. Princeton | 5-10-2, 3-6-1
When Saturday | Jan. 12, 2019 | 7 PM
Where Princeton, N.J.  |  Hobey Baker Rink (2,054)
All-Time Series 103-88-17 (209th Meeting)
Last Meeting L, 7-1 | 11.2.18 (Hanover)
Radio 94 ESPN Radio
Television None
Stream ESPN+: at Quinnipiac | at Princeton
International Stream: at Quinnipiac | at Princeton
Live Stats | Quinnipiac | Princeton
Social Twitter: @Dartmouth_MIH
Instagram: @Dartmouth_MIH
Facebook: /DartmouthMIH
Game Notes Dartmouth (PDF) | Quinnipiac | Princeton
Tickets Quinnipiac | Princeton

•    The Dartmouth men’s hockey team continues the five-game road trip with a pair of league games this weekend at No. 6 Quinnipiac and Princeton.

•    The Big Green played to a 3-3 tie at Bentley Saturday in the first road game against the Falcons in the all-time series.
•    A late goal came with just 19 seconds left for the home team that forced overtime and the eventual tie.

•    Quinnipiac comes into the weekend ranked 6th in the national polls, down three spots from their previous ranking.
•    The Bobcats lost in overtime, 5-4, to visiting Colgate on Friday at home before bouncing back to tie No. 20 Cornell, 2-2, the following night. In the first game of the second half, Quinnipiac actually beat Colgate, 6-0, on Dec. 29 in a game played at Nassau Coliseum, but was met with a resilient Raiders team just days later.
•    Sophomore Odeen Tufto is the league’s leading scorer with 28 points (11-17-28), while Chase Priskie is second (12-13-25) thanks to his 12 goals, three more than any other defenseman in the nation.
•    In goal, it’s been a mix between sophomore Keith Petruzzelli (8-3-0, 2.30, .909) and Andrew Shortridge (7-1-1, 0.97, .961), both of whom have stellar numbers and three shutouts each. Shortridge’s save percentage is the best in the nation.
•    Despite one of the top duos in college hockey in Ryan Kuffner and Max Véronneau, Princeton has struggled this season and is 5-10-2 overall with a 3-6-1 mark in league games.
•    Kuffner leads the team with 25 points (12-13-25), tied for second in the league with Priskie. Véronneau’s 23 points (7-16-23) are fourth amongst ECAC Hockey players.
•    A year after leading Princeton to the league’s postseason title, sophomore goaltender Ryan Ferland is struggling with a 4-10-1 record and a 3.04 GAA and .909 save percentage.

•    Dartmouth split with its feline counterparts earlier this season in Hanover.
•    Princeton rolled into Thompson and came away with a 7-1 win.
•    The Green bounced back the following night with a 5-1 win over then-15th-ranked Quinnipiac.
•    Princeton has beaten Dartmouth in the last three meetings by a combined 22-6 that included a 9-2 win last season in New Jersey.
•    On the other hand, the Big Green have bested the Bobcats in the last two meetings and are unbeaten in three as the two played to a 0-0 tie in the Hamden game last season.

•    Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet ’81 became the all-time leader in games coached Saturday at Bentley.
•    Gaudet passed longtime friend Joe Marsh for the most games coached in ECAC Hockey history between both the men’s and women’s leagues.
•    Already the all-time leader for men’s coaches, Gaudet is now the leader amongst all coaches as Marsh had been on the bench for 939 games at St. Lawrence and 27 as the interim head coach in 2017-18 with the Big Green women’s program for a combined 966 over 27 seasons.
•    Only Wisconsin’s Jeff Sauer (1,244 in WCHA), BU’s Jack Parker (1,146 in Hockey East), Michigan’s Red Berenson (1,221 in CCHA) and UNH’s Dick Umile (1,083 in Hockey East) have coached more games in one conference than Gaudet.
•    Gaudet needs just three more games to pass former Denver and Miami coach George Gwozdecky (970) for 13th on the all-time games coached list.

•    Former men’s and women’s head coach George Crowe passed away Sunday at his home in Florida at the age of 82.
•    A staple of Dartmouth hockey since the 1970s, Crowe coached the Big Green men’s team from 1975 to 1984 before taking over the women’s team in 1986 through his retirement in 1998, leading the two programs for a combined 21 seasons.
•    A 2004 Legends of New Hampshire Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Crowe was at the helm of the men’s program in Hanover during one of the most successful stretches of time in history, leading the Big Green to the Frozen Four in both 1979 and 1980. His teams also won a pair of Ivy League titles (1979, ’80) and a share of the 1980 ECAC Hockey regular-season title (Ivy Division).
•    At the helm of the women’s team for 12 seasons, Crowe amassed 196 wins, a figure that stood as the program record until just a few years ago. He won another four Ivy League championships with the women and earned six ECAC hockey postseason berths. Dartmouth had a winning record in each of his 12 seasons at the helm.
•    His 305 wins between the Dartmouth men and women trail only Eddie Jeremiah ’30 (308) and his former player and assistant Gaudet (310) for the most in the history of Big Green hockey.

•    Senior captain Kevan Kilistoff is sitting at 99 career games played.
•    Killistoff had been in the lineup for 21 straight games, dating back to last season before being sidelined with an injury at Bentley on Saturday.
•    The British Columbia native is looking to become the fourth Dartmouth player to reach the milestone this season and the 104th player in the 112-year history of the program.
•    Four players hitting 100 games played is the most in a season since 2015-16 when six players accomplished the feat. However, eight players from the Class of 2015 played in 100 or more games, the most by any one class since 2000.

•    Associate head coach David Lassonde is back with the team this weekend after missing four games over the last month while on the bench for Team USA in British Columbia at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
•    Lassonde and Team USA earned silver after falling, 3-2, to Finland in the Gold Medal Game on Saturday night. The Fins scored late in the third to hand the American squad its lone regulation loss of the tournament.
•    The US finished with a 5-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record after securing a berth in the final thanks to a 3-1 win over the Czech Republic in the quarters and a 2-1 victory in the semifinals over Russia.
•    This was Lassonde’s third time working with the US at World Juniors after also helping guide the Americans to a gold medal during the 2013 tournament in Ufa, Russia.
•    Lassonde’s previous international experience includes helping the US capture a gold medal at the 2017 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship and serving on the staff of the US U-18 Men’s Select Team that finished second at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

•    The current five-game road trip is the longest of the season and the longest for any Dartmouth team since a seven-game trip in the fall of 2016 that began at Quinnipiac and Princeton.
•    It was a good start for freshman Drew O’Connor as he got the monkey off his back with a goal at Bentley, his first away from Hanover this season after scoring six at home to start his career.

•    Brothers Sam Hesler and Carl Hesler played on the same line against Bentley with the elder Carl centering the younger Sam on the right side.
•    Sam picked up his first career point on the O’Connor goal in the second period, taking a pass from Carl before finding his fellow freshman alone in the slot.
•    The last time two brothers recorded points on the same goal for Dartmouth was Jan. 29, 2010 when Dustin Walsh ’13 scored twice with older brother Nick Walsh ’12 assisting on both. Those two goals helped the Big Green to its only regular-season win at Friday’s opponent Quinnipiac in the all-time series.
•    Since the start of the 2010 calendar year, there have been five sets of brothers to suit up together for the Big Green: Nick and Dustin Walsh, Joe ’10 and Jimmy ’12 Gaudet, Connor ’12 and Mark ’13 Goggin, Eric ’15 and Kevin ’18 Neiley and Carl ’18 and Sam ’22 Hesler.

•    Will Graber’s third-period goal came with just three seconds remaining on a 5-on-3 advantage. But, more importantly, it was the first road power-play goal scored this season for the Green and White.
•    Dartmouth (1-17) and Brown (1-15) both have just the one PPG in true road games this season, although the two Ivies have only played five road contests each.
•    North Dakota is the team ahead of both with just two man-advantage goals (2-30) in seven games, while Alabama-Huntsville (2-37) is statistically the worst PP unit in the country on the road at 5.4%.

•    If the power play has struggled away from Thompson, the penalty kill has been good… very good.
•    Dartmouth is the only team in the nation yet to allow a power-play goal to the home squad, thwarting all 17 opportunities its opposition has had on home ice this year.
•    Despite the top PK unit on the road, the Big Green also laid claim to the PK unit with the worst success rate at home at 58.3% (14-24).
•    Overall, the Green’s PK is 55th in the nation at 75.8% thanks to a 26-for-28 (92.9%) stretch after the first three games of the season.

•    Foreman and O’Connor are tied for the team lead with seven goals each.
•    Through 14 games played as a freshman in 2017-18, Foreman had just one marker, finally breaking through on the scoresheet on Dec. 29 at home against New Hampshire at the Ledyard Classic.
•    Foreman finished with eight scores as a rookie, including the first hat trick by a Dartmouth freshman in 15 seasons (Hugh Jessiman, 2003) when he posted a four-point night at Yale on Feb. 23.
•    His eight goals came in six games last season thanks to the hat trick, while he has found the back of the net in 7-of-14 games this year.
•    The Green and White are 5-1-1 in games that Foreman scores a goal, while 0-6-1 when he doesn’t.
•    His three game winners are the most on the team with Carl Hesler and Cam Strong scoring the others.

•    Saturday night’s game in Princeton features two of the least-penalized teams in the nation.
•    Princeton averages just 6.12 PIMs per game, the lowest total in the nation, while Dartmouth is 56th out of 60 teams with 8.36 per game after being whistled for six minors at Bentley.
•    Quinnipiac is 37th in the country with 10.70 penalty minutes per game.

•    The 0-0 tie at Quinnipiac in last year’s first meeting was the first by a Dartmouth team since Nov. 6, 2010 when James Mello ’12 stopped 37 in a blanking of Union at home.
•    In 2,448 all-time games, Dartmouth has played just nine scoreless draws. That equates to scoreless ties accounting for just 0.036% of the Big Green’s games since 1905.
•    In that game, Adrian Clark made a career-high 43 saves to earn his first career shutout. His second shutout came this season at Yale, giving him a pair in the New Haven area.

2/12/21 Yale
2/11/22 Columbia
2/2/25 @Yale
2/8/41 Yale
12/14/97 @UMass
11/27/04 Maine 
2/9/08 @Union
11/6/10  Union 
12/2/17 @Quinnipiac

•    Dartmouth started this road trip last season with a 9-2 loss at Princeton before bouncing back to tie the Bobcats, 0-0.
•    In 112 years of Dartmouth hockey, the team had never allowed an opponent to score nine goals in a game and record a shutout in the following contest, let alone 24 hours later on the road.
•    However, the team has a 10-goal game against followed by a shutout, losing 10-0 at Toronto on Jan. 2, 1926 only to follow up with a 1-0 win at Yale 10 days later.

•    All of Dartmouth home games will be carried this season on ESPN+ with Tyler Murray providing play-by-play at each home game in 2018-19.
•    In addition to games played in Hanover, ECAC Hockey road games at each school besides Rensselaer will also be carried on the network, making ESPN+ your home for 21-of-22 conference games and 25 regular season games total.
•    Postseason games will also be carried on ESPN+ in 2018-19 and will not need subscribers to pay any additional fees to watch the league’s postseason.

•    Once again, Rob Kennedy will be the Voice of the Big Green on the radio.
•    Kennedy begins his second season with the team and will broadcast all 29 regular season games on 94 ESPN Radio (WTSL).

•    Following the QU/Princeton weekend, Dartmouth returns to Hanover only to turn right around and head back out on the road for a pair of league games at Colgate and Cornell.


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