Four games in eight days is a lot, even for a professional hockey team, but that's what the Big Green men face beginning tomorrow night when they take on Yale at the New Haven Coliseum.
Dartmouth (1-1-1, 1-1-1 ECAC, 1-1-1 Ivy) will face the Princeton Tigers Sunday afternoon in New Jersey before hosting Holy Cross next Tuesday night and UMass-Amherst a week from tomorrow to round out its most grueling stretch of the 2001-02 campaign.
"It's a lot of hockey, but you can't think about pacing yourself," senior winger Chris Baldwin '02 said. "You take it one game at a time. Pacing is something that might enter a coach's mind, but we just go out there and play the games on our schedule."
Before coming to Dartmouth, many of the players skated with junior teams, which typically play very concentrated schedules. But collegiate campaigns -- especially for ECAC and Ivy League teams -- are characteristically long and drawn out, making the next week a tough test for the Big Green.
The Tuesday night game, against what should be an overmatched Holy Cross team, could be an opportunity for the Big Green to dip into its reserves.
For the mean time, however, the Big Green must focus on tomorrow and Sunday, as these games mark the last in a stretch of five crucial ECAC tilts to open the season.