Harvard a varsity hockey team, seeking its first perfect Ivy League season since 1957, clashes with a weak Dartmouth six tonight in its last appearance ever at the Big Green's notorious Davis Rink.
The Crimson holds a 10-0 League record with an impressive 19-3 overall mark, while Dartmouth stand 1-7 in the Ivies and 4-16 in ECAC Division 1. With exams one week away Big Green fans have little to cheer about, but tonight 2100 of them should pack Davis for the season's final home contest.
Next year the historic rink, built in the early 1920s, will be replaced by a new 3500-seat arena which will put greater distance between the players and spectators. In the past, Davis's small, compact size has provided Big Green boosters with unique logistic advantages for displaying their dissatisfaction with visiting skaters.
Harvard will face Dartmouth's hostile crowd after scoring a 3-2 comeback victory over Yale Saturday to clinch its second consecutive Ivy title.
The Big Green is coming off a 12-3 loss to Providence last Monday which brought its overall record to 5-17.
Harvard must also overcome Yale again Saturday in New Haven to cement its unblemished Ivy season.
Only Hapless Yale
Dartmouth's Ivy performance this season includes two wins over Yale, one of them in overtime, and a 5-4 victory over Pennsylvania. The Big Green skaters have lost twice to both Princeton and Cornell and once to the Bruins, the Quakers, and the Crimson.
Junior Tom Fleming of Brookline, the first-line center, leads the squad with 23 goals and 22 assists, while classmate Ken Pettit, the second-line center, places second with 35 points. Two right wingers, sophomore Brian McCloskey and senior Charlie Solberg, follow with 28 and 26 points respectively.
Coach Grant Standbrook will start either Jeff Sollows, who withstood the entire Providence drubbing, or Dan Ringsred, who holds a 5.4 goals-against average, in the nets. Sollows made 43 saves in Dartmouth's last encounter with the Crimson--a 4-2 Harvard victory at Watson on January 15.