UNH-Dartmouth: Expect a wild ride
The Wildcats bring a 12-10-2 record for the season into the game and hold a 7-3-1 edge on Dartmouth in the RiverStone series. The teams have split their last six meetings, including last year's 4-1 Dartmouth win in Hanover that was not part of the RiverStone set.
Now it's a Saturday night approaching mid-January and the teams are again ready to face off in what has become a traditional meeting in Manchester.
Two years ago in the last UNH-Dartmouth game at the Verizon, Wildcat Stevie Moses scored all his team's goals in a 4-1 win. In 2008, UNH outshot Dartmouth 57-26 and lost, 5-3. In 2006, Dartmouth tied the game with an extra attacker goal with 45 seconds to play. UNH's Jacob Micflikier scored with 15 seconds left for the win.
UNH scored early and often and led a shootout 8-5 halfway through the third period. Dartmouth was far from done and scored four goals down the stretch and stunned the Wildcats, 9-8. Nick Johnson, who has split time between the Providence and Boston Bruins this season, scored two goals including the game-winner with 1:27 left. He was a freshman at the time.
The Big Green come in off a 4-2 win at Boston University and in their two games before that tied Vermont, 1-1, and Northeastern, 8-8.
This is it for nonconference games for Dartmouth. The Big Green get back to ECAC action next weekend with home games against Colgate and Cornell.
The Wildcats have improved their special teams play in recent weeks.
They scored multiple power-play goals in one game four times in their first 20 and never in consecutive contests. They've scored two power-play goals in each of their last three games.
"One Saturday, we scored two (on the power play) and they scored one," said senior defenseman Justin Agosta. "When you win those battles, it's a very good chance you're going to win the game."
Junior forward Matt Willows collected his second career hat trick on Saturday night and six of his 11 goals this season have come in the last five games.