HAMILTON, N.Y. – Junior Alyssa Baker scored an unassisted tally late in the third period in Dartmouth women’s hockey’s 4-1 loss to No. 4/4 Colgate at the Class of 1965 Arena on Saturday. The Big Green dipped to 4-12-1 and 2-9-1 in ECAC Hockey play, while the Raiders improved to 19-3-1 and 10-2-0.
“That was a tough one today,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “We played a very good team. I think the game was closer than the score indicated. We competed pretty hard, but didn’t have discipline in some areas and took too many penalties. I thought our kids competed hard, but we missed on some opportunities. We’ve got to be better at communicating on the ice. We had some errant passes and, against a puck-possession team, we have to deny them as much as possible. Overall, the effort was pretty good.”
Colgate had an 11-7 shot advantage in the first period and, following goals scored in the sixth and 12th minutes, the Raiders had a 2-0 edge heading to the first intermission. Dartmouth played well with 1:30 of 5-on-3 action, taking five shots during that time – two of which were sent by sophomore Christina Rombaut – but netminder Julia Vandyk saved the two that posed a threat.
One more by Colgate halfway through the second period made it a 3-0 game. Junior Tess Bracken led the Green’s charge with four shots, but all except one were blocked by Raider defenders.
Dartmouth found an aggressive surge in the third during one of Colgate’s many penalties, taking seven shots in a row to try and get one on the board, but Vandyk stopped five of them to keep that from happening. The Raiders added one more to make it a 4-0 game, but Baker's power-play goal at 18:47 gave the Green the goal they were looking for when the puck took a weird bounce off the goalie and landed behind her in the net.
Colgate outshot Dartmouth, 36-22. Baker and Rombaut led the team with four shots apiece. In net, junior Christine Honor had 32 saves.
The Big Green will return to Thompson Arena after two weeks away for a pair of games against St. Lawrence and Clarkson. These are the last two conference opponents that Dartmouth has yet to face this season.