After almost two weeks away from the ice, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team will return to Thompson Arena for just one game, taking on Holy Cross at 6 p.m. on Friday.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green dropped a pair of ECAC Hockey games to Yale and Brown on Nov. 10-11.
After being tied at one after two periods, Yale scored four goals in the third period to defeat Dartmouth, 5-1.
Kate Landers played well, scoring the Green’s lone goal and leading the team with six shots, while Hailey Noronha and Christina Rombaut both had four. Rombaut also ended the game with a point by assisting on Landers’ marker. In net, Christine Honor had 22 saves in the loss.
It was Yale that broke the tie and got on the board first, finding the back of the net at 1:25 of the second, just 16 seconds into the power play. It took over 10 minutes, but Dartmouth answered when Rombaut intercepted a pass deep in the Bulldogs’ zone and passed to Landers, who did not hesitate and fired past a Yale defender, finding the left corner of the net to even the score at 14:56.
With both teams looking to break the tie, play was faster and more aggressive in the third. The Big Green had a number of opportunities, but goalie Kyra O’Brien got in the way of all of them. Yale scored a trio of goals within a nine-minute span and then one more with 8.1 seconds remaining on the clock made it a 5-1.
Dartmouth fell to Brown, 3-2, on Saturday.
Landers was on fire all weekend and ended the game against the Bears with two points, assisting on the first tally and scoring the Big Green’s second of the day. Noronha netted her second of the year, while Rombaut and Alyssa Baker both ended the game with a helper apiece. Honor had 23 saves.
A pair of first-period goals gave Dartmouth a 2-0 advantage. Noronha got the Big Green on the board at 5:37, getting the puck from Rombaut and Landers, and, without even a moment’s hesitation, fired to the left of Brown goalie Calla Isaac.
Dartmouth’s second goal was an interesting one. At 15:40, with two Bears directly in front of her, Landers took a chance, hitting Maybelline Beiring’s stick at such an angle that it sent the puck flying straight up, coming down over Isaac’s right shoulder into the crease and rolling into the net.
Trailing by two, Brown quickly evened the score, finding the back of the net at 2:52 and 4:26 of the second to make it a 2-2 game. Dartmouth had a number of opportunities to get the go-ahead score, but nothing came to fruition despite its best efforts.
The teams were tied at two for the majority of the third period and it looked as if the game may go to overtime until the Bears’ Sam Donovan got the puck past Honor to put Brown ahead by one. Dartmouth pulled Honor in order to try and tie things up, but ran out of time in regulation.
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross has had a good start to its season, entering Friday’s game with a record of 6-4-1. Most recently, the Crusaders went 1-1 against Harvard, falling to the Crimson by a score of 8-3 in Cambridge before taking Harvard down, 2-0, at home the following day. This was Holy Cross’ first win over a Division I team in program history. Three players are tied for first on the team with four goals apiece. Kara Violette leads Holy Cross with 13 points from three goals and 10 assists.
LAST TIME AGAINST HOLY CROSS
Although this is the first time the Big Green and the Crusaders are meeting during the regular season, it is not the first time the teams have played each other in 2017-18. Just over a month ago, Dartmouth took down Holy Cross, 3-2, in overtime in the former’s first of two preseason contests.
Playing inside Thompson Arena for the first time in the 2017-18 season, the Big Green needed a push from the visiting Crusaders who opened the scoring early in the second period on a Maeve Reilly goal at 1:11. Rombaut responded at the 6:39 mark to tie things at one apiece.
With the score still tied entering the third period, Cecilia Lopez wasted little time in giving the home team its first lead of the night, scoring just 41 seconds into the frame with Rombaut and Noronha picking up the assists.
However, Danielle Doherty played the role of spoiler, tying it up once again just over six minutes later on a tally that would force the game to the extra session.
Like she had done in the third, Lopez went right to work, scoring the winner in the opening minute on a centering feed from Baker. Rombaut was credited with another assist, giving her three points in the game.
Honor started the game and went two periods of play in the Green and White goal, finishing the evening with 10 saves. Shannon Ropp came in for the final 20:37, stopping seven in third, while not seeing any action in the brief OT period to earn the win.
AND IN NET
Honor has started all eight games so far this season. In 392 minutes, she has made 247 saves while allowing 27 goals and has an .891 save percentage and 4.13 goals against average. She is the current NCAA record holder for most saves in a shutout (61) from the 1-0 win over Quinnipiac on Oct. 27. Ropp has appeared between the pipes in three games and, in 86 minutes, has made 51 saves an allowed six goals for an .895 save percentage and 4.18 goals against average. Dartmouth’s third goalie, Kayla Wormsbecher, has not yet seen any playing time.
Live stats for Friday’s game can be found on dartmouthsports.com. Fans can purchase a subscription to the Ivy League Network (ILN) to watch. For live updates throughout the weekend, follow the team’s official twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
NEXT UP DARTMOUTH
After the game against the Crusaders, the Big Green will be over halfway through their nine-game homestand. On Dec. 1-2, Dartmouth will host Princeton and Quinnipiac.