Dartmouth (4-12-1, 2-9-1) vs. No. 10 St. Lawrence (12-7-3, 8-3-1)
Date: Friday, Jan. 19
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
All-Time Series: St. Lawrence leads, 33-31-3
Dartmouth women’s hockey will be back at Thompson Arena for a pair of ECAC Hockey games this weekend, taking on St. Lawrence and Clarkson for the first time in 2017-18. Both contests will be on the Ivy League Network (ILN), while the one against the Saints on Friday will also be on ESPN3. The game against the Golden Knights on Saturday will be Dartmouth's Mental Health Awareness game.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green returned to New York for the second weekend in a row, falling to No. 6/6 Cornell and No. 4/4 Colgate.
Dartmouth at Cornell
Netminder Christine Honor had a strong performance, making 29 saves and ending the game with .935 save percentage, in the 2-0 loss to the Big Red on Friday afternoon. Morgan Turner and Tess Bracken led the Green offensively with three shots apiece.
In a period dominated by Cornell, Honor was huge in net for Dartmouth, making 13 saves to keep the score at 0-0 heading to the second. Paired with the Big Green’s defense, the visitors played a good first 20 minutes. With under 10 minutes to go and a Big Red player charging the net, Hailey Noronha took away her centering feed with a beautiful sliding block to keep the game tied.
Honor started the second the same way she ended the first, with a handful of great saves, but the Big Red got one past her after almost 30 minutes of scoreless play. The Green found an offensive surge after that tally, testing Cornell goalie Marlene Boissonnault a few times, but were turned away.
Dartmouth had a few more chances in the third, but none that Boissonnault could not handle. Having gone over 50 minutes without a penalty, the Big Green committed two in the final 10 minutes of play, the second of which resulted in Cornell’s second goal of the afternoon. With two minutes to play, a Cornell breakaway looked as if it would yield another Big Red goal, but Bracken got there just in time to take the chance away.
Dartmouth at Colgate
Alyssa Baker scored an unassisted tally late in the third period in the Big Green’s 4-1 loss to Colgate at the Class of 1965 Arena on Saturday.
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 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. 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.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
St. Lawrence enters the weekend with an overall record of 12-7-3 and is 8-3-1 in conference play, currently sitting in fourth place. The second half of the season has been good to the Saints, who have gone 3-1 since the first of the year, going 1-1 against Lindenwood before defeating Union and RPI. Three players have made it over 20 points; Justin Reyes leads with 24 (13G, 11A), while Kennedy Marchment (9G, 14A) and Hannah Miller (6G, 16A) are right behind.
LAST TIME AGAINST ST. LAWRENCE
The Big Green went 0-2 against the Saints last season, falling, 2-0, on the road in October before getting within one in the 2-1 loss at home near the end of the year. At Thompson in February, Baker notched her first of the season midway through the second on a great centering feed from Mackenzie St. Onge. Goalie Robyn Chemago was the anchor of the Dartmouth defense, stopping 26 shots and giving her team a chance to steal league points away from of the top teams in ECAC Hockey.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Two-time national champion Clarkson has been looking sharp this season and is tied for first in the league with Colgate. The Golden Knights are on an eight-game winning streak, last losing on Nov. 17 (Quinnipiac, 3-2). The Bobcats, Vermont and Colgate are the only three teams to have bested Clarkson so far. Leading the way and tied with 40 points each are Loren Gabel (17G, 23A) and Elizabeth Guiguere (16G, 24A).
LAST TIME AGAINST CLARKSON
After a 6-1 loss on the road at the beginning of the season, the Big Green dropped a 3-0 decision at home to the Golden Knights on Feb. 3. Chemago was a strong force in net, stopping 43 shots throughout the game. Kate Landers led Dartmouth with four shots and a number of a big plays in front of the net to keep Clarkson at bay.
AND IN NET
In 16 games played and started, Honor has appeared between the pipes for 872 minutes, making 497 saves and al lowing 49 goals. She has a .910 save percentage and 3.37 goals against average. Shannon Ropp has played in four games and got her first career start and collegiate win against Holy Cross. In 146 minutes, she has made 71 while allowing nine goals, has an .888 save percentage and 3.69 goals against average. Dartmouth’s third netminder, Kayla Wormsbecher, has not yet seen any playing time.
Live stats can be found on dartmouthsports.com. Fans who subscribe to the ILN can watch both games, while Friday’s game against the Saints can also be found on ESPN3. Saturday’s game against Clarkson will also be called by Bob Lipman on 94.5 ESPN Radio.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
The Big Green will be back on the road next weekend, taking on Brown and Yale on Jan. 26-27.