|Carl Hesler (photo by Dartmouth Sports Information)|
Defensively, the Big Green are off to a fantastic start as they lead the nation in team defense at one goal per game. They haven't brought any offense from their defense yet but so far that has not been needed. This is a pretty young defense with five underclassmen (2 freshman and 3 sophomores) on the roster. Four of those five have seen game action this year. Josh Hartley is the lone senior of the group with juniors Tim Shoup and River Rymsha the other two upperclassmen. The defense brings solid size and has played very well in front of goaltender Devin Buffalo. Dartmouth has also killed off penalties at an 85.7% clip (18-of-21) which is good for 23rd in the nation.
|Devin Buffalo (photo by Dartmouth Sports Information)|
Quinnipiac is going to have be the one that is the hunter in this game. They need to win face-offs, win battles for loose pucks and find ways to score off the power play and get greasy goals on Buffalo. The Bobcats have the talent offensively to win this game, they just need some of these players to step up and produce more offensively. Defensively they need to play a sound, physical game and avoid turning over the puck in their own zone. It's been almost 10 years since the Bobcats have lost at home to Dartmouth when they dropped a 5-4 game on February 9, 2007.
Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @jonathan_singer.