Dartmouth Caps First Half in Saturday Matinee at No. 12 Northeastern on NESN

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SATURDAY’S GAME
• The Dartmouth men’s hockey team will take on No. 12 Northeastern Saturday afternoon at Matthews Arena in Boston.
• The game — set for a 4 p.m. puck drop — will be carried on NESN for those in New England.

LAST TIME OUT
• The Big Green played to a 2-2 tie Thursday night at home against visiting Bentley in the final contest at Thompson Arena before the break.
• Sophomores Jeff Losurdo and Sam Hesler found the back of the net for Dartmouth in the game. 
• Senior Adrian Clark made 27 saves in the team’s second tie of the season.

FIRST!
• For Hesler, the second-period goal marked his first as a member of the Big Green.
• After an injury sidelined him for nearly the entirety of his freshman season a year ago, the sophomore has just 13 career games to his credit with nine coming this season.
• However, Hesler had a strong night against the Falcons, factoring into both goals as he also assisted on the Losurdo goal for his first multi-point performance. 
• After also assisting on Losurdo’s goal vs. Cornell last Saturday, Hesler is on a 2-game point streak.

THE SAME THING… OVER AND OVER
• Jeff Losurdo likes scoring first-period power-play goals.
• All three of his tallies this season have been of that variety.
• Against UNH, Cornell and Bentley, the sophomore winger has scored in the opening frame with the Big Green on the man-advantage. 
• The Illinois native had five goals in 31 games as a rookie last year with just one coming on the power play.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
• Northeastern is 12th in both national polls this week and is 10-5-2 overall.
• A 6-3 loss at Boston University last weekend snapped a five-game win streak for the team that included a pair of victories and a tournament title at the Friendship Four in Belfast the week before.
• Canucks draft pick Tyler Madden leads the team in both goals (12) and points (22), while Blackhawks pick Ryan Shea leads the way in assists (14) from the backend. 
• In total, Chicago has eight NHL draft picks on its roster.

AGAINST THE HUSKIES
• These two programs last met in a memorable Ledyard Classic game on Dec. 30, 2012.
• Northeastern erased an 8-4 third-period deficit as the two teams played to an 8-8 tie. 
• The 16 markers set a single-game mark for goals at the Big Green’s mid-season tournament (now in its 31st season) that still remains seven years later.
• Saturday’s game also marks Dartmouth’s first trip to Matthews Arena since Dec. 11, 1999. 
• The Green and White have not won in a true road game against Northeastern since 1982 when the Huskies were still a member of ECAC.

997
• Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet ’81 coached his 996th career game on Thursday.
• Saturday’s game against the Huskies will move him one game closer to becoming the seventh coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000 games coached within one league and the first to do it in ECAC Hockey.
• Already the league’s all-time leader in games coached, Gaudet is set to hit this milestone after nine years behind the bench at Brown and the last 23 at his alma mater in Hanover.

LASSONDE’S CONNECTIONS
• Dartmouth associate head coach David Lassonde will leave the team following the game and join up with Team USA for the World Junior Championship for the second straight season.
• Alongside him on the bench will once again be Northeastern associate head coach Jerry O’Keefe, a fellow Providence College alum. The two helped the US to a Silver last year in Vancouver, but will look to bounce back with gold in the Czech Republic later this month.
• Additionally, once Gaudet reaches his 1,000th game, Lassonde will have worked with three of the seven coaches to have hit the milestone mark: Wisconsin’s Jeff Sauer and UNH’s Dick Umile.

I PLEAD THE FIFTH!
• Saturday will mark just the fifth road game of 2019-20 for Dartmouth.
• That ranks tied for last in the nation to this point with Harvard. 
• For the Howlin’ Huskies, this will mark their eighth home contest of the season thus far.

BROTHERLY CONNECTIONS
• Just a few years ago, this game would’ve been circled on the calendar in a house in Aurora, Ontario. 
• No one would’ve been more interested in Saturday’s game than Glenn and Lorie Sikura as they sent their sons to Dartmouth and Northeastern to be Division I hockey players at the two schools. 
• Tyler ’15 was a two-year captain at Dartmouth, finishing his career with 92 points (36-56-92) in 125 games played. Younger brother Dylan graduated from Northeastern in 2018 with 146 points (58-88-146) in 137 games, earning a top-10 finish in Hobey Baker voting as a senior.
• The two have played much of this season together in Rockford of the AHL, though Dylan just made a return trip to Chicago and the NHL ranks.

OVERTIME… NOT OUR TIME… YET!
• With Thursday’s result, Dartmouth is now winless in its last 10 overtime games.
• In that stretch, the Green are 0-4-6 since last winning in the extra period to open the season last year against Harvard, 7-6.
• The team is 12-14-34 in 60 overtime games this decade.

HOME VS. AWAY
• Dartmouth is tied for 47th in the nation in goals per game in home contests, averaging 2.00 a night. 
• That was true in the last two as the Big Green scored twice in both games against Cornell and Bentley. However, that wasn’t too bad as they didn’t suffer a defeat in that time.
• In comparison, the team is seventh in the nation in terms of scoring in road games, averaging 3.75 goals a night. That figure has been bolstered by three times scoring four goals in four road games this season.

ESPN+
• All of Dartmouth home games will be carried this season on ESPN+ with Tyler Murray usually providing play-by-play throughout the home schedule in 2019-20. 
• 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 26 regular season games total.
• Postseason games will also be carried on ESPN+ in 2019-20 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 third season with the team and will broadcast all 29 regular season games via an audio link through DartmouthSports.com.

WHAT’S AHEAD?
• After this game the players will return home for the winter break, but will return to Hanover for practice on the 26th.
• The Big Green will play host to Colorado College and UConn on Dec. 28-29 in Hanover at the 31st annual Ledyard Classic. St. Lawrence is the fourth team to make the trip and will alternate opponents from the tournament hosts.