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BIG Green
12-27-2016, 10:12 AM
The Big Green will be hosting the 28th Annual Ledyard Classic on December 30 - 31 to close out 2016. This year's team's includes very good competition:
U Mass /Lowell, Army, and Colgate. Let's hear from the respective teams in how they will match up with each other since the two ECAC teams will only play the other non-conference teams.

Middle Street
12-27-2016, 10:27 AM
The Big Green will be hosting the 28th Annual Ledyard Classic on December 30 - 31 to close out 2016. This year's team's includes very good competition:
U Mass /Lowell, Army, and Colgate. Let's hear from the respective teams in how they will match up with each other since the two ECAC teams will only play the other non-conference teams.

It's an elimination tournament this year, so Dartmouth could face Colgate on the 2nd day.

LTI Alum
12-27-2016, 02:38 PM
The Big Green will be hosting the 28th Annual Ledyard Classic on December 30 - 31 to close out 2016. This year's team's includes very good competition:
U Mass /Lowell, Army, and Colgate. Let's hear from the respective teams in how they will match up with each other since the two ECAC teams will only play the other non-conference teams.

I'm not so sure about the "very good competition" part, but I am glad to see Army is playing well in the AHC and look forward to Lowell playing some teams we haven't played in a while. Also looking forward to visiting Thompson and Hanover. It should be a great time.
I have been confused about the tournament structure. Will the championship game be played in the late game Saturday, or does Dartmouth play late regardless of their outcome friday?

Middle Street
12-27-2016, 03:12 PM
I have been confused about the tournament structure. Will the championship game be played in the late game Saturday, or does Dartmouth play late regardless of their outcome friday?

According to their schedule page on the athletics website, Dartmouth will play the 7pm game both nights regardless of outcome. They have Army listed as playing at 4pm on Saturday against Umass Lowell/Colgate. Enjoy your trip! I've never been, but some of the other Lowell fans I know have warned me that Thompson rink gets very cold, so dress accordingly.

LTI Alum
12-27-2016, 03:44 PM
According to their schedule page on the athletics website, Dartmouth will play the 7pm game both nights regardless of outcome. They have Army listed as playing at 4pm on Saturday against Umass Lowell/Colgate. Enjoy your trip! I've never been, but some of the other Lowell fans I know have warned me that Thompson rink gets very cold, so dress accordingly.

Thanks Middle street. I have heard that about Thompson. I will wish for a win vs Colgate Friday and an Army upset over Dartmouth. Then I can get out early on Saturday for 3 1/2 ride home.

ColSkate65
12-27-2016, 04:33 PM
Thanks Middle street. I have heard that about Thompson. I will wish for a win vs Colgate Friday and an Army upset over Dartmouth. Then I can get out early on Saturday for 3 1/2 ride home.

Army and Colgate tied in the first game played at the Class of '65 Arena christening in October. That may tell a lot about the relative strengths of each team, although I think Army has progressed since then. 'Gate is a young team that lost many great seniors last year + most of their offensive firepower. The frosh and sophs are in a steep learning curve but are gaining positive game experience that may help them toward the end of the season and in the ECAC playoffs.

Lowell is always tough, and while the Big Green are middling, playing in Thompson Arena should give them extra urgency in this tourney.

BIG Green
12-27-2016, 05:47 PM
According to their schedule page on the athletics website, Dartmouth will play the 7pm game both nights regardless of outcome. They have Army listed as playing at 4pm on Saturday against Umass Lowell/Colgate. Enjoy your trip! I've never been, but some of the other Lowell fans I know have warned me that Thompson rink gets very cold, so dress accordingly.

Good catch on the schedule Middle Street! If they followed last year's format of only playing non-conference teams then the team with the best record (of course, there would be a great chance of a tie) so point differential was the deciding factor in the eventual winner. But looking at the Dartmouth's schedule it would support your contention. I think the object or intent was to play two non-conference foes regardless which would make a whole lot of sense. Ironically, I do not find the Thompson rink that cold! LOL!

UMLFan
12-28-2016, 07:46 AM
Good catch on the schedule Middle Street! If they followed last year's format of only playing non-conference teams then the team with the best record (of course, there would be a great chance of a tie) so point differential was the deciding factor in the eventual winner. But looking at the Dartmouth's schedule it would support your contention. I think the object or intent was to play two non-conference foes regardless which would make a whole lot of sense. Ironically, I do not find the Thompson rink that cold! LOL!
According to USCHO's preview, it also appears that they expect the winners to play Saturday night.

riverchief1
12-28-2016, 07:49 AM
According to USCHO's preview, it also appears that they expect the winners to play Saturday night.

I hate when these tournaments mess with everyone and complicate formats. Keep it simple stupid!

BIG Green
12-28-2016, 08:25 AM
According to their schedule page on the athletics website, Dartmouth will play the 7pm game both nights regardless of outcome. They have Army listed as playing at 4pm on Saturday against Umass Lowell/Colgate. Enjoy your trip! I've never been, but some of the other Lowell fans I know have warned me that Thompson rink gets very cold, so dress accordingly.


I hate when these tournaments mess with everyone and complicate formats. Keep it simple stupid!

This explains it all!

uick Tournament Fact: Both Dartmouth and Union finished 2-0 at last year’s Ledyard Bank Classic, but the Big Green won the tournament based on goal differential. This year’s tournament will have semifinals as Colgate faces UMass-Lowell and Army faces Dartmouth. The winners of those games face off in the championship game, while the losers face off in the consolation round.

Middle Street
12-28-2016, 08:51 AM
According to USCHO's preview, it also appears that they expect the winners to play Saturday night. You meant the article confirms the 2 winners play each other, but not necessarily in the later game right? I still think Dartmouth plays at 7pm both nights, similar to Minnesota in the Mariucci Classic.

Anyways, in terms of match ups this weekend, the Army goalie could be difference maker. He is coming in with a .940 sv%. I know its AHA, but given they have a winning record this season and in prior years they have been towards the bottom of AHA, I think their recent success is in large part due to his play.

Patman
12-28-2016, 02:53 PM
You meant the article confirms the 2 winners play each other, but not necessarily in the later game right? I still think Dartmouth plays at 7pm both nights, similar to Minnesota in the Mariucci Classic.

Anyways, in terms of match ups this weekend, the Army goalie could be difference maker. He is coming in with a .940 sv%. I know its AHA, but given they have a winning record this season and in prior years they have been towards the bottom of AHA, I think their recent success is in large part due to his play.

They're having a good year and should rightfully be considered dangerous... no mercy, no regrets

LTI Alum
12-28-2016, 03:48 PM
Lowell has been remarkable in recent holiday tournaments going 10-1-1 since Norm took over. However, they are on a 1 game losing streak after Robert Morris last year.

ScottK
12-28-2016, 10:57 PM
From the Dartmouth Website:



WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Friday, December 30
4:05 PM
UMass Lowell (home team) vs. Colgate (visitors)
7:05 PM (or 55 minutes after ‘Gate/UML)
Dartmouth (home team) vs. Army West Point (visitors)

Saturday, December 31
4:05 PM
Army West Point (home team) vs. ‘Gate/UML (visitors)
7:05 PM (or 55 minutes after ‘Gate/UML)
Dartmouth (home team) vs. ‘Gate/UML (visitors)

LTI Alum
12-29-2016, 04:19 PM
Any pub/restaurant recommendations for friday evening in Hanover?

BIG Green
12-29-2016, 05:36 PM
Any pub/restaurant recommendations for friday evening in Hanover?

LTI Alum, Hanover is such a small town that all the establishments are centrally located, of course off Main St so they are all walkable to each other and about a 1/2 mile to Thompson rink. Parking at the rink maybe difficult as depending on which game, the later game will also include the crowd from the first game. The following are some suggestions/comments in no particular order:
The Pine (in Hanover Inn) / high-end and more sedate
Molly's / always happening and town favorite hang-out
Murphy's / just like Molly's as they go head to head
Canoe Club / would be in between The Pine and Molly's
Salt Hill Pub / Irish pub, need I say more
TuK Tuk / great Thai food
Lou's / the best breakfast if you are willing to wait in line

Have fun!

Patman
12-30-2016, 07:30 AM
Any pre-game on the lowell end? I plan on leaving Fitchburg at 11 and getting up to Harpoon West.

edit: maybe long trail... depends on the roads

riverchief1
12-30-2016, 09:56 AM
Tournament preview here (http://www.dartmouthsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=11600&ATCLID=211380190) from Dartmouth site including all teams' previews and game notes.

Fishhawk
12-30-2016, 11:34 AM
Is there any way to watch these games online or on TV??

sshablak
12-30-2016, 11:42 AM
IVY League Network streams them for 9.95.