Ledyard National Bank Classic
Arena • Hanover, N.H.
Boston University vs. St. Lawrence, 4 p.m.
North Dakota at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 30
Consolation Game, 4 p.m.
Championship Game, 7 p.m.
On TV: All four games
will be shown live on Comcast's CN8 channel on will
be streamed online at CN8.com.
Dartmouth hosts this tournament in even-numbered
calendar years, and won the 2004 title with a 6-3
victory over Vermont. The host Big Green needed a
nine-round shootout to advance in the semifinal round,
after they tied Bowling Green 1-1. Vermont won its
semifinal 3-1 over Providence. This will be the 19th
edition holiday tournament hosted by Dartmouth, which
was called the Auld Lang Syne Tournament in its earlier
RECENT HISTORICAL FACT
These teams stumbled into the break.
In measuring their last three games leading up to
the tournament, the quartet combined for just one
win (by Boston University), seven losses, and four
INTERESTING HISTORICAL FACT
Friday's semifinal between BU and St.
Lawrence is the teams' first meeting since a four-overtime
game won by the Saints in the regional finals of the
2000 NCAA Tournament.
Dartmouth junior forward David Jones
might be the best player in the nation that nobody
knows about. He leads the Big Green in scoring and
is a strong candidate to earn All-ECACHL honors for
the second straight year.
Watch North Dakota's line of Ryan Duncan,
T.J. Oshie, and Brad Miller – if they stay together.
Coach Dave Hakstol isn't afraid of changing the line
combinations, but this trio was together in the Sioux's
last outing and had four points to pick up some of
the slack for the absence of Jonathan Toews, who is
with Canada's team at the World Junior Championship.
BU and St. Lawrence are two of the lower-scoring
teams in the nation, but they've both had a winning
record for most of the season due to solid goaltending.
The Terriers' John Curry is among the best in the
nation and a combination of three SLU goaltenders
has done the job in Canton. Freshmen Kain Tisi and
Alex Petisian have been particularly impressive.
HOW WE SEE IT
As mentioned earlier, none of these
teams carries positive momentum into this weekend's
tournament, but all four have a chance to build that
momentum for the second half by playing well and winning
this title. BU edges the Saints and sets up a matchup
with Dartmouth. The Big Green will win the title on
home ice and set up a second-half run to mirror what
they did last season, losing just one ECACHL regular-season
game after the start of the new year.
— Joe Gladziszewski