Big Green and Harvard Meet Friday Night in Important Conference Tilt on NESN

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THIS WEEKEND
•    The Dartmouth men’s hockey team is at Harvard Friday night for the lone game of the weekend.
•    The Ivy League and ECAC Hockey foes tangle at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center at 7:30 p.m. in a game broadcast on NESN.

LAST TIME OUT
•    The Big Green is coming off yet another 1-1-0 weekend.
•    Dartmouth started with a 4-1 win against St. Lawrence on Friday night before falling the next evening to No. 10 Clarkson, 2-0.

SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
•    Harvard is 10-6-3 this season and 7-5-2 in league play.
•    By virtue of sweeping the North Country teams, the Crimson jumped Dartmouth in the league standings 16 points to the Big Green’s 15.
•    Arguably the most talented player in ECAC Hockey, junior defenseman Adam Fox leads the Crimson in scoring with 27 points and with 20 assists. His seven goals are tied for second with fellow defenseman Reilly Walsh.
•    Lewis Zeter-Gossage has 10 goals to lead all Harvard players.
•    Senior Michael Lackey has been the goalie of record in all but one game and is 10-5-3 with a .924 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average.

AGAINST HARVARD
•    The Crimson and Big Green opened the season with a 7-6 overtime thriller in Hanover back on Oct. 27.
•    Harvard held leads of 3-1 and 4-2, but allowed Dartmouth to score three straight and take the lead before Fox tied the game in the final minutes. Quin Foreman scored 18 seconds into overtime to give the home team the crazy win.
•    These two teams also met in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals last season in Cambridge with the fourth-seeded Crimson defeating the fifth-seeded Big Green in three games after Dartmouth won the opener, 4-1. Harvard won the next two, 7-1 and 4-2, to advance to Lake Placid.

TWO FOR QUIN
•    Quin Foreman scored two goals against St. Lawrence.
•    It was just the second multi-goal game of his career after posting a hat trick at Yale on Feb. 23, 2018.
•    Both goals came from the back post with his second coming on the power play.
•    His two goals pushed him back ahead of freshman Drew O’Connor (8) for the team lead with nine.

POINT STREAK AND THEN SNAPPED
•    Senior Alex Jasiek’s third-period goal against SLU pushed his point streak to four games, the longest by any Dartmouth player this season.
•    In that run, he had four goals and five points with a pair of game winners.
•    Thanks to that stretch of scoring, Jasiek is now third on the team with seven goals this season, trailing only Foreman (9) and O’Connor (8).

RUTTS
•    Collin Rutherford posted his second multi-point performance of the season with a 1-1-2 effort against the Saints.
•    His only other two-point outing this season came against No. 15 Quinnipiac on Nov. 3 in a 5-1 win.
•    He also had a scoring line of 1-1-2 that night versus the Bobcats and marked his first and most recent goal prior to scoring against SLU.

POINTS FROM THE BLUELINE
•    Led by Fox, Harvard is averaging 3.37 points from its defense per game, second in the league behind only Quinnipiac (4.17).
•    Dartmouth’s 1.30 points per game from the backend is 11th in the ECAC, ahead of only St. Lawrence (1.08).
•    In terms of percentage of points from its defense, Harvard generate 36.4 percent of its total scoring from the blueline, again a total that trails only the Bobcats (41.5%).
•    In contrast, only 18.8 percent of the Big Green’s point total comes from the defense, which also ranks 11th in the conference with only Union (18.3%) having a lower figure.
 

P/GP Def. P/G % of Def. Scoring
Quinnipiac 10.04 4.17 41.5
Harvard 9.26 3.37 36.4
Colgate 4.04 1.33 32.9
Clarkson 9.12 2.62 28.7
Rensselaer 5.48 1.56 28.5
Cornell 8.11 2.26 27.9
Princeton 7.37 2.00 27.1
Brown 6.50 1.75 26.9
Yale 7.70 1.80 23.4
St. Lawrence 5.21 1.08 20.7
Dartmouth 6.90 1.30 18.8
Union 7.96 1.46 18.3

SHOTS… AGAINST… AND FOR!!
•    Dartmouth held its North Country counterparts to a combined 34 shots this past weekend, outshooting St. Lawrence, 51-13, and Clarkson, 31-21.
•    Since the start of the second half of the season, the Big Green lead the league in shots against per game, holding opponents to 22.89 shots per game. Union is the next closest team with an average of 25.89 per game.
•    Dartmouth’s second-half figure ranks fourth in the nation behind only North Dakota (22.50), Northern Michigan (22.67) and St. Cloud (22.75).
•    In that time, the Green are averaging 30.67 shots for per game and rank ninth nationally with a +7.78 shot differential.
•    Alex Jasiek’s 3.56 shots per game are 41st in all of college hockey since the start of the Ledyard Classic.
•    Taking the whole season into account, Dartmouth is 10th nationally by holding opponents to 26.0 shots per game, third in ECAC Hockey.

HITTIN’ 50
•    Dartmouth fired 51 shots on goal in the win against St. Lawrence.
•    The 51 shots were five more than the team’s next-best total this season (46 vs. Vermont).
•    The last time the Big Green had 50 more shots on goal in a game was Nov. 12, 2010 in a 7-1 win at Clarkson. Dartmouth held a 54-35 edge in shots on goal that night in Potsdam with Doug Jones ’12 leading the way with seven. Dustin Walsh ’13 had four shots and was the offensive leader with two goals and three points.

STANDINGS WATCH… EARLY THIS YEAR!
•    It might seem early to be looking at the league standings, but there is such a logjam at the top, it’s hard not to take a peek as the calendar turns to February.
•    Just four points separates the top teams (Cornell and Yale, 17) and seventh-place Brown (13). Clarkson and Harvard are tied for third, but are just one point out of first place.
•    Dartmouth and Quinnipiac are tied for fifth with 15 points.
•    Based on these current point totals and the fact that both teams are playing just one league game, PlayoffStatus.com has ranked the Friday night contest with the Green and Crimson as the most important game of the weekend.

THE BIG GAME
Dartmouth is 5-7-2 when playing games the weekend of the Super Bowl during the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era in New England (2000-present). In the Patriots’ 10 previous Super Bowl appearances dating back to 1986, Dartmouth is 7-7-3 in games played during those weekends.
• The only time the Big Green have played on Super Bowl Sunday in which the Pats have played was a Jan. 26, 1986 game at Colgate that resulted in a 7-3 Dartmouth win.
• The ’85 Bears (they were good) put a damper on the day for sports fans across the region as they beat New England, 46-10.
• The Patriots are 4-1 in Super Bowls when the Big Green win at least one game on the weekend and 1-4 when they fail to notch a ‘W’ (That sweet comeback against the Falcons).

Dartmouth Games During the Weekend of a Patriots Super Bowl Appearance:
Super Bowl XX | 1986 vs. Bears (L, 46-10)

1/24 at Cornell / L, 7-3
1/26 at Colgate / W, 7-3 (Day of Super Bowl XX)

Super Bowl XXXI | 1997 vs. Packers (L, 35-21)
1/25 at Vermont / T, 4-4 (OT)

Super Bowl XXVI | 2002 vs. Rams (W, 20-17)
2/1 Rensselaer / T, 2-2 (OT)
2/2 Union / W, 3-2

Super Bowl XXXVIII | 2004 vs. Panthers (W, 32-29)
1/30 Rensselaer / W, 4-3
1/31 Union / L, 7-0

Super Bowl XXXIX | 2005 vs. Eagles (W, 24-21)
2/4 at Harvard / L, 2-1
2/5 at Brown / W, 3-1

XLII | 2008 vs. Giants (L, 17-14… ugh)
2/1 at Yale / L, 6-3
2/2 at Brown / L, 4-3

Super Bowl XLVI | 2012 vs. Giants (L, 21-17)
2/3 at Princeton / T, 3-3 (OT)
2/4 at Quinnipiac / L, 2-1

Super Bowl  XLIX | 2015 vs. Seahawks (W, 28-24)
1/30 Rensselaer / W, 3-1
1/31 Union / W, 3-2

Super Bowl LI | 2017 vs. Falcons (W, 34-28 | OT)
2/3 at Harvard / L, 5-2

Super Bowl LII | 2018 vs. Eagles (L, 41-33)
2/2 Harvard / L, 4-1

Super Bowl LIII | 2019 vs. Rams (Hopefully a W)
2/1 at Harvard / (Hopefully a W)

ESPN+
•    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.

ON THE AIR
•    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).

WHAT’S AHEAD?
•    Dartmouth is back home at Thompson next weekend to take on Rensselaer and Union. Both game are set for 7 p.m. puck drops on ESPN+ at Thompson Arena.

SUNDAY FUNDAY

 

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