Liveblogging Dartmouth Hockey vs. Quinnipiac: A Fan’s-Eye Perspective

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Although I know next to nothing about hockey, I was sent on assignment by my editors to liveblog my experience at the Dartmouth Men’s Hockey game against Quinnipiac last Friday. I was to give a “fan’s-eye perspective” of what was going on (I am using a very loose definition of “fan”). Over the course of two and half hours there was cheering, singing, booing and cursing. Basically, how all sporting events should be. Here’s a minute-by-minute rundown of the major goings-on at Thompson Arena’s student section:

7:57 p.m.: Refs skate onto the ice. With no players in sight, it’s their time to shine. Someone in the student section yells, “Yeeaaaah, these referees are sick.”
8:01 p.m.: My freshman year roommate and current varsity goalie, Chuck Grant’s name is spoken over the PA.
8:02 p.m.: We all rise to sing the American national anthem. Despite the fact that the Canadian flag and American flag are side by side in the rink and roughly 20% of the team is Canadian, we do not sing the Canadian national anthem.
8:03 p.m.: Game time. Continue reading

Dartmouth Soundoff: Sochi Olympics

The Sochi Olympics have created quite a stir, from the unfinished city infrastructure and hotel accommodations to reports of the government-sanctioned extermination of stray dogs to public scrutiny of Russia’s extreme hostility toward the LGBTQ community (GQ magazine recently published English professor Jeff Sharlet’s excellent coverage of the issue. Not to mention that Sochi is the warmest city to ever hold the Winter Games; the highs this week are in the 50s, making it difficult to maintain passable course conditions for some events.

While these issues do merit some attention, controversy seems to have detracted from what remains at the heart of the Olympics: competition and athletes. So let’s talk about some U.S. team members and throw in some of their favorite music. (Don’t worry, I screened it—you’d be surprised how many times “Imagine Dragons” appeared). Consider this my disclaimer: I’m talking more about the Olympics and less about music this week. Hopefully after this you’ll actually know a bit of what’s going on, since it’s unlikely that you’re following Sochi as closely as Vancouver.

Kaitlyn Farrington, snowboarding: In the 24-year-old’s first Olympic Games, Farrington outscored silver medalist Torah Bright by just a quarter point in her last two runs of the halfpipe event, earning her first gold.

“Psychic City (Radio Edit)” – YACHT

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J.R. Celski, speed skating: Earlier this week, the short track speed skater finished fourth in the 1500 meter race, the event he took bronze in during the Vancouver Games. Yesterday he began competition for the 1000 meter race. In 2012, Celski set the world record for the 500 meter.

“Didn’t Cha Know” – Erykah Badu

“So Far To Go” – J Dilla

“No Alibi” – The Roots

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Hilary Knight, hockey: The Hanover native and U.S. women’s team forward is competing in her second Olympics. The hockey team showed their strength in a 9-0 victory over Switzerland and is one win away from the gold medal game, despite a 2-3 loss to Canada.

“Turn on the Lights” – Future

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Arielle Gold, snowboarding: The 17 year old became the second youngest winner of a FIS World Snowboarding Championship last year, and was considered a medal contender for Sochi. Unfortunately, after a crash and resulting shoulder injury on Wednesday, she had to drop out of competition.

“Soundtrack 2 My Life” – Kid Cudi

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Shaun White, snowboarding: Recently, White has been sporting a new look and a new attitude (maybe?). Love him or hate him, he raised the profile of the sport of snowboarding, and for years his face has decorated the bedroom walls of teenage extreme-sport hopefuls. Unfortunately, the halfpipe favorite finished fourth this week.

“My 1st Song” – Jay-Z

“Bad Kids” – Black Lips

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Heather McPhie, skiing: The seasoned moguls skier made it to the finals last week, but didn’t advance after her first run. However, teammate Hannah Kearney ’15 scored a bronze in the same event.

“The Fear” – Ben Howard

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Jessica Jerome, skiing: Though the ski jumper ranked 10th in the finals on Tuesday, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this awesome New York Times multimedia piece featuring Jerome.

“Don’t Move” – Phantogram

“Ghostwriter” – RJD2

“Down on Life” – Elliphant

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Peter Frenette, skiing: Though Frenette wasn’t able to advance to the finals in the normal hill ski jumping event, his road isn’t over yet. The individual large hill and team large hill events are today and Monday, respectively.

“Money Trees” – Kendrick Lamar

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Elana Meyers, bobsled: Meyers won a bronze in the two-woman event at Vancouver and will be the driver in next week’s competition. Most importantly, like yours truly, her birthday is October 10th and she’s from Atlanta (more power to her for being a bobsledder from Georgia).

“Two Words” – Kanye West

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AD Harry Sheehy: Don’t throw tennis balls after the first goal

Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy sent out a campus-wide email this morning in which he asked students not to go overboard at tonight’s men’s ice hockey game against Princeton University. It has been a longstanding tradition to toss tennis balls onto the ice at Thompson Arena Rink after Dartmouth scores its first goal on Princeton. Though the first tennis ball toss generally goes unpunished, subsequent throws are rewarded with penalties for Dartmouth. Tonight’s game has implications for Dartmouth’s playoff chances, and Sheehy’s email asked students to throw all their tennis balls after the first goal — and then cease and desist. The text of the email is below. Continue reading

Why do we throw tennis balls at Princeton?

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This week, tennis balls will be sold out at every single sports supply store in Hanover. No, everyone hasn’t suddenly decided to pick up the sport in the middle of winter — this Friday is the Dartmouth-Princeton Men’s ice hockey game.

The tradition began at Princeton University in 1998, when a Princeton student threw a single tennis ball at the Dartmouth goalkeeper after Princeton scored their first goal. Dartmouth students responded in full force the next year at our home game, when we pelted the team with not just one tennis ball, but several hundred instead.

Chase Schoelkopf ’15, avid hockey fan and past tennis ball thrower, thinks that “it is a great tradition, and shows Dartmouth’s solidarity.”

Schoelkopf, who usually attends all of Dartmouth’s home hockey games, cites storing the tennis balls in his pockets as his main way of sneaking them in.

“We usually don’t get patted down,” says Schoelkopf, even though Safety and Security claims to frisk students upon entrance to Thompson Arena for the game.

Kristen Rumley ’15 took the tradition to a whole new level at the game last year.

“I went to Boss Tennis Center and got a bag of over 200 tennis balls for everyone,” Rumley said. “A lot of my friends snuck them in and we threw them after every goal.”

Everyone — including the referees — is aware of the tradition, which means that the Dartmouth team is usually not penalized after the first goal. However, during last year’s game students did not stop throwing tennis balls after the first goal, resulting in multiple penalties for Dartmouth during subsequent points.

“It’s all in good fun the first time, but the people who do it the third, fourth and fifth time — I don’t think that’s right,” said Schoelkopf.

Members of the hockey team likely feel the same way.

“Our captain had to go to the penalty box for it,” Rumley said of the 2011-2012 season captain Mike Keenan ’13. “He went on the PA system and asked us to stop throwing them but that didn’t stop people so he got another penalty.”

In support of this time-honored tradition, t-shirts that say ‘Puck Frinceton’ on the front and “A tradition unlike any other” on the back have been sold to the general student population as recently as 2011. However, these shirts were not available for purchase in last winter.

Two members of the Class of 2015, who wished to remain anonymous, were dissatisfied by the lack of availability of these legendary shirts their freshman year.

“We liked seeing them on upperclassmen around campus and thought that underclassmen should have the opportunity to wear them too, to honor this tradition,” one said.

They decided to take matters into their own hands and sold the t-shirts under the radar. The ‘Puck Frinceton’ shirts will surely be on full display at the game this Friday.

So ’16s, prepare yourselves for the deafening roar after the first goal and ’13s, rejoice in your last opportunity to celebrate this tradition unlike any other. Watch out, Princeton — the Big Green’s coming for you.

Popping the Bubble

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Editor’s Note: If you’ve been at Dartmouth for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard the phrase the “Dartmouth bubble.” We may exist in a world where it seems like we’re the only people living in the middle of the wilderness Hanover, but we’re not. This new weekly Dartbeat feature is an attempt to put Dartmouth students more in touch with the faces of Hanover that surround us every day as we eat at Molly’s, wait in line at Dirt Cowboy and shop at Bella.

Name: Jake

What brings you to Hanover? I live in Hartland, VT but I’ve worked at Molly’s since I was 16. I started bussing tables my sophomore year and worked here all through high school. I’m now a senior at UVM and I come back for breaks to work. My dad works at the Co-op, so Hanover has kind of always been in the cards for me.
Favorite winter activity in Hanover? When I’m not working at Molly’s, I love to go to Dartmouth hockey games. I grew up going to the games with my family.

Name: Dot

What brings you to Hanover? I live in Norwich and work at the Hanover CVS. I’ve been working here for 30 years. I grew up in White River Junction and relocated to Norwich about 15 years ago.
Favorite winter activity in Hanover? Hockey games!
What do you love most about Hanover? It’s a very friendly town. I plan to be here for a while!

 

Name: Curtis

What brings you to Hanover? I work at Ramunto’s so I am in Hanover every day.
What do you love most about Hanover? There are a lot of really nice and great people here.

All photos courtesy of Aditi Kirtikar.

Horner’s House of Hockey: Is this Real Life?

Is This Real Life?

Wait a sec­ond. Where am I? What just hap­pened? Did we just beat the num­ber two team in the na­tion? Is this real life?

Well yes, I am in Hanover, we did just sweep on our se­nior week­end, we did beat Cor­nell, the num­ber two team in the na­tion and I didn’t just wake up from a dream.

Fri­day still feels so sur­real. The en­ergy and ex­cite­ment for our game was in­cred­i­ble, and I knew it was going to be a good night. Be­fore the open­ing face­off I told the team, “Look up at the ban­ners. This is where cham­pi­ons are made. This is our house. Tonight is our cham­pi­onship game. Tonight we play like cham­pi­ons.” And we did just that. We pushed Cor­nell back on their heels and they had no idea what to do.

The in­cred­i­ble part about Fri­day is that un­like the first match-up, Cor­nell had their Olympians back from the Four Na­tions tour­na­ment for this game. And we shut them down.

Kelly Foley ’12 scored two in­cred­i­ble power play goals in the sec­ond pe­riod that left the Big Red flab­ber­gasted and shocked. We were so poised and in con­trol of the game, and I don’t think Cor­nell was ex­pect­ing it at all. In the sec­ond pe­riod, Geneva Kli­man ’12 put away a clap­per for our third power play goal of the night and Camille Du­mais ’13 got an extra in­sur­ance goal later in the pe­riod.

We went into the third pe­riod con­fi­dent that we could win this game. Cor­nell started a come­back in the third pe­riod, but by the time they had ad­justed to how we were play­ing, it was too late. We had beaten the num­ber two team in the na­tion and it was one of the most thrilling mo­ments of my hockey ca­reer.

Sat­ur­day was an­other emo­tional day as it was our se­nior night against Col­gate. We came away with a 4-3 win “for the se­niors,” but it was re­ally a team win for all of us. The ban­ners hang­ing from the press box, our par­ents in the stands and our in­cred­i­ble fans with faces painted and posters in hand are de­tails from that night that the four of us se­niors will never for­get. But my fa­vorite mem­ory, hands down, was hav­ing our names called and all lin­ing up at the open­ing face­off to­gether, the four se­niors start­ing…and fin­ish­ing to­gether.

We have worked so hard the sec­ond half of this sea­son to fin­ish in the top half of the stand­ings and it has paid off. We se­cured home ice ad­van­tage with our win over Cor­nell and we’ll be play­ing Clark­son at home this week­end. Our game Fri­day is at 3:30 p.m. and we play Sat­ur­day at 2 p.m.…Sun­day at 2 p.m. if need be in this best-of-three se­ries.

But back to the “David After Den­tist” ref­er­ence: “Is this real life?”

Yes. Yes it is. But more im­por­tantly… “Is this gonna last for­ever?” But rather than David ask­ing his Dad, I en­vi­sion Yosh ask­ing me, “Is dis gowna last foeva?”

Well Yosh, and to all you read­ers out there, we are going to do every­thing within our power to make this sea­son, and for some, our hockey ca­reers, last as long as pos­si­ble.