Dartmouth women’s hockey will return to the ice for the first time in almost a month to open the second half of the season against ECAC Hockey opponents Princeton and Quinnipiac. Over the last month and a half, all but one of eight games was played on the road.
LAST TIME OUT
In its final game of 2016, the Big Green suffered a 4-2 loss to Vermont in a non-conference road game. In her 100th career game, Kennedy Ottenbreit scored both of Dartmouth’s goals.
Vermont took advantage of their power-play opportunities, scoring each of their four goals following Dartmouth penalties. At 2:43 in the first, Victoria Andreakos scored 22 seconds into the first power play and, less than two minutes later, was back to score her second of the period with just four seconds remaining with the extra player.
The Catamounts added their third power-play tally of the day at 6:30 of the second period. At 18:44, Vermont tried to clear the puck out of its zone, but instead, ended up giving it to Ottenbreit, who took the puck in the opposite direction and fired to the left of Sydney Scobee in net to make it a 3-1 game with her unassisted marker.
It was almost halfway through the third before Vermont struck again, scoring its fourth goal of the afternoon. With 37.6 seconds left, Ottenbreit scored her second of the game – with the assist going to Caroline Shaunessy – to make it a two-goal game. This is the second time in the last three games that the Big Green senior has found the back of the net with less than 45 seconds remaining in the third.
The Catamounts had a 28-16 shot advantage. In net, Robyn Chemago started the game and had three saves. Christie Honor took over and played the remainder of the game, stopping 21 shots and, with her two goals allowed, had a .913 save percentage.
Since their overtime loss to the Big Green on Nov. 12, the Tigers have gone 6-3-1 and are currently on a six-game winning streak. Most recently, Princeton went 1-0-1, tying Penn State, 5-5, on New Year’s Eve before defeating No. 8 Quinnipiac, 3-2, the following afternoon. The Tigers are currently receiving votes in the USA Today poll from Jan. 3. Statistically, Karlie Lund leads the team in goals (14) and points (28) and is tied with Kelsey Koelzer for most assists (14). In net, Alysia DaSilva has played 13 of the team’s 18 games, has a record of 6-5-2, a .914 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE TIGER
On Nov. 12, a backhander by Eleni Tebano with 57.7 seconds remaining in overtime lifted Dartmouth over No. 10/10 Princeton, 3-2. The victory gave the Big Green their first win of the 2016-17 season, while Laura Schuler also got her first win as head coach of the program. The last time Dartmouth won in overtime was on Nov. 2, 2012, when it defeated Yale by a score of 5-4.
Seven different Big Green players ended the game with a point. Emma Korbs and Rose Falzone got the first two goals, while Ottenbreit, Sabrina Huett and Sydney Hill picked up helpers. Morgan Turner assisted on the winner, getting her first assist of her career. Chemago had a huge game in net, ending up with 45 saves.
Dartmouth got things started early, scoring twice in the first eight minutes of play. Less than four minutes in, the Green got their first power-play opportunity when a Tiger was put in the box and, just 18 seconds after the call, a few great passes between Ottenbreit and Korbs resulted in the latter’s first marker of the season.
Four minutes later, Huett broke up a Princeton play in the Tigers’ zone and got the puck to Hill, who found Falzone waiting by the unmanned left pipe. A quick reaction by Falzone gave the freshman her first goal of her collegiate career.
The Tigers had an impressive start to the second period, getting one goal back two minutes in before tying the score just over a minute later. Both tallies were credited to Karlie Lund. The teams rode out the remaining 16 minutes tied at 2-2.
Both Dartmouth and Princeton returned to the ice for the third with their eyes on that deciding third goal. Princeton had two penalties called almost simultaneously, giving Dartmouth a two-man advantage. The Big Green had a flurry of shots, but DaSilva got in the way of all of them, sending the game to overtime.
The home team had 37 seconds of 5-on-3 play to start the period, but Princeton was able to kill the opportunity. With just 57 seconds left on the clock, Tebano got the puck in Dartmouth territory, passed to Turner in the crease and, before DaSilva could cover her left post, shot to the left to end the game.
AND IN NET…
Against Vermont, Chemago started the game and was replaced by Honor, who played the remainder of the contest. So far this season, Chemago has started 10 games, played 543 minutes, allowed 25 goals while making 283 saves, and has a .919 save percentage and 2.76 goals against average. Honor has made 79 stops and allowed 10 goals for a .888 save percentage and 3.45 goals against average. Dartmouth’s other goaltender, Shannon Ropp, has not appeared in a regular-season game, but had a strong performance in the exhibition contest against McGill.
100 GAMES AND COUNTING
At Vermont, Tebano and Ottenbreit hit their 100th career games, while Mackenzie St. Onge will reach the milestone against Princeton on Friday. Emma Korbs is right behind with 97.
Every home game (and Ivy League road contests) can be watched on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) with a subscription. For the second year in a row, Rob Kennedy will be back on the call for home contests. Select games will be broadcast on ESPN 94.5 FM, as well as online at 945espn.com.
Live stats for both games this weekend can be found on DartmouthSports.com, while both Princeton and Quinnipiac will provide free streams of the contests. For live updates throughout the contest, follow its official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
Next week is a busy one for Dartmouth, as all three of its games will be played at Thompson Arena. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Big Green will host New Hampshire in a 7 p.m. non-conference tilt before taking on conference rivals Union and RPI on Friday and Saturday.