Dartmouth Men's Hockey Opens Up 2005-06 at Harvard

Oct. 27, 2005

HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's hockey team kicks off the 2005-06 season in a grudge match with new travel partner, the Harvard Crimson. The game will be a 7:00 pm start at Harvard's Bright Center. Last year the two teams split with 2-1 scores in both contests. This game will be the first league game of the season.

SCOUTING HARVARD - The Harvard Crimson will have a slightly different look this season, having lost seven key contributors from 2004-05 to graduation. The Crimson, who returns 18 letterwinners, made its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament last year. Harvard adds eight new faces to its roster. The Crimson have played one exhibition game so far, losing to McGill, 4-3. Jon Pelle scored twice along with Brendan Byrne while Dylan Reese added two assists.

HARVARD-DARTMOUTH SERIES - Dartmouth and Harvard have met a total of 178 times. Since Bob Gaudet has come to Hanover, the Big Green has gone 3-14-3 against the Crimson. The series between the two teams began in 1907. Last year Harvard scored with :58 left in the game to take a 2-1 win in Cambridge. Two weeks later in Hanover, Mike Ouellette notched the game winner with 3:12 left in overtime for a 2-1 Big Green victory.

Dartmouth Quick Hits:

• Dartmouth returns 18 letterwinners from a 20-13-2 team a season ago.

• The 2005-06 season will be commemorate the 100th anniversary of men's hockey at Dartmouth. The celebration will honor the people and events surrounding a sport that has been part of Dartmouth, the Upper Valley and the nation since 1905-06. Former athletes, coaches and other people with close ties to the program will be invited to participate in festivities that will last all season.

• Dartmouth was selected picked to finish second behind Cornell by the league's coaches and was slated to finish third by the league's media. Mike Ouellette and Grant Lewis were named preseason All-ECACHL.


• The Big Green has five drafted players on its roster. Grant Lewis (Atlanta, 2nd round), Nick Johnson (Pittsburgh, 3rd round) and J.T. Wyman (Montreal, 4th round) were drafted in 2004 while Tanner Glass (Florida, 9th) and David Jones (Colorado, 9th round) were draftees in 2003.

Mike Ouellette is Dartmouth's returning offensive leader with 41 points on 15 goals and 26 assists. Sean Samuel is Dartmouth's returning goalie. He saw action in 12 games finishing with a 5-4-1 record. Samuel recorded a .896 save percentage and a 2.82 goals against average.

• Dartmouth continues to draw the fans. In the past six years the Big Green has gone from averaging 2,205 in 1999-00 to 3,807 in 2004-05. This season Dartmouth has sold 1,841 season tickets.

• Dartmouth senior forward Mike Ouellette was chosen as captain to lead the 2005-06 squad. Senior defenseman Garret Overlock and junior forward Tanner Glass are the assistant captains.

• Dartmouth started the preseason ranked 14th nationally in the USCHO.com/CSTV and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Big Green are currently 17th in the USCHO.com/CSTV poll.

• Dartmouth set a school record with 35 games played last season. The previous record was 34 set by the 2002-03 and 2000-01 squads.

LET'S GET IT STARTED - Dartmouth opens up the 2005-06 season at Harvard. The last time the Big Green played its first game on the road was 2001-02, a 5-2 loss to the Crimson. The Big Green is 31-20-2 when playing its first game of the season away from home.

LET'S GET IT STARTED 2 - Dartmouth is 66-30-3 overall in home openers. Under the tutelage of head coach Bob Gaudet ,the Big Green has gone 4-4 in the first game of the season.

ALL SET FOR 20 MORE - Last season's 20-13-2 mark was the second 20-win season under Bob Gaudet. Should Dartmouth get to 20-wins in 2005-06, it will mark the first time in school history the Big Green has achieved that mark in consecutive years.

STRAIGHT UP - The 2004-05 season marked the fourth straight season that Dartmouth played more than 30 games. The former Big Green season record of 34 was broken last year when Dartmouth played 35 games.

SO LONG, FAREWELL - Dartmouth lost five players from last year's squad to graduation while junior Hugh Jessiman left early to sign with the New York Rangers. A key loss for the Big Green was two-time All-America Lee Stempniak. Stempniak was Dartmouth's leading scorer three years in a row.

VICTORIOUS - Head coach Bob Gaudet earned his 100th Dartmouth and his 200th career wins last season. His career numbers stand at 207-253-3 while at Dartmouth, he's posted a 114-111-32 record.

AW SHOOT - On March 5, 2005 in the ECACHL playoff game versus Yale, Dartmouth had 64 shots on goal, the most since Bob Gaudet became head coach. The 64 shots was just three shy of the school record, 67, set on Feb. 11, 1970. In the three games versus Yale, the Big Green outshot the Bulldogs, 158-66. The Big Green averaged 36.7 shots on goal per game in 2004-05.

COUNT TO 100 - The game against Harvard will be senior Eric Przepiorka's 100th career game. Sean Offers is at 98 games played and Jarrett Sampson has 91.

THE DEFENSIVE SHOW - Four of Dartmouth's top-10 scorers last season were members of the blueline. Senior Garrett Overlock and junior Grant Lewis had 26 and 22 points, respectively while senior Sean Offers and junior Ben Lovejoy had 13 apiece. Overlock led the team with seven power play goals and was tied for the team lead with three game winners. Lewis added five power play strikes and two game winners.

BETWEEN THE PIPES - Three Dartmouth netminders will looking to fill the gap left behind by the graduation of Dan Yacey. Junior Sean Samuel played in 12 games last season earning a 5-4-1 record. Sophomore Mike Devine played in just one game but what a wild one it was. He earned his first collegiate win in the 9-8 victory over UNH. Freshman Dan Goulding comes with some solid credentials and he should push the other two for playing time.

CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN - Senior forward Mike Ouellette has been selected as the 2005-06 Big Green captain. Joining Ouellette as the assistant captains are senior Garret Overlock and junior Tanner Glass. Ouellette will be the 114th captain in Dartmouth men's hockey history.

TELEVISION SCHEDULE - Dartmouth will make a minimum of five appearances on television in 2005-06. The Big Green will be on CSTV, ESPNU, Time Warner Cable and WMUR channel 9, the local New Hampshire ABC affiliate. Dartmouth's home contests against Harvard on Dec. 16 and Clarkson on Feb. 24 will be shown on CSTV while the Princeton game on Feb. 11 will be on ESPNU. The UNH game at Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena on Jan. 14 will be on WMUR. When the Big Green travel sto Colgate on Feb. 18, Time Warner Cable will televise that game.

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