Dartmouth women’s hockey will host travel partner Harvard on Wednesday at 6 p.m., playing the Crimson for the second time in a month and a half. The game can be viewed on both the Ivy League Network (ILN) and ESPN3.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green dropped two very close games to Princeton and Quinnipiac at home over the weekend.
Dartmouth vs. Princeton
A Tiger goal scored with just over a minute to go in the third period lifted Princeton over Dartmouth, 3-2, on Friday.
Sarah Tabeek, Megan Cornell and Linda Essery ended the night with their first career points. Cornell netted the Green’s first goal, while Tabeek (in her first game in a hockey jersey) assisted, and Essery got the helper on Sydney Hill’s second goal of the last two games.
There were a combined nine penalties in an 11-minute span in the first period, but neither team was able to find the back of the net during that time. Princeton outshot Dartmouth, 12-4, but had few opportunities that posed much of a threat.
After a messy first period, both teams found their stride in the second. At 2:48, Tabeek intercepted a Princeton cross and passed to Cornell, who backhanded the puck over goalie Rachel McQuigge’s head. Less than four minutes later, Hill got her second goal of the last two games, firing to the right of the netminder following passes by Turner and Essery. At 11:09, Princeton got one back, and Dartmouth headed to the third with a 2-1 edge.
It seemed as if the Tigers had tied things up a minute into the third, but after extended video review, it was found that there was goalie interference and the Big Green remained a tally ahead. Princeton was relentless, outshooting Dartmouth, 23-0, before scoring the equalizer at 14:00. With sights set on overtime, the Tigers scored their third at 18:43 to take the lead. Junior Alyssa Baker had a great opportunity to tie things up again, but the shot went just wide and time expired.
The Tigers outshot the Big Green, 50-13, and went 1-for-8 on the power play, while Dartmouth was 1-for-6, as Hill’s marker was scored with just over 10 seconds to go with the extra player. Junior Christine Honor played well, ending the night with 47 saves.
Dartmouth vs. Quinnipiac
Tess Bracken netted her first goal of the season with 50 seconds to go in the third in Dartmouth’s 2-1 loss to Quinnipiac on Saturday.
Essery also picked up a point with her second assist of both the weekend and her career. Honor had another good game between the pipes, ending up with 39 saves.
Quinnipiac had a 9-0 shot advantage in the first, though few posed much of a threat to Honor. Hailey Noronha played a large part in keeping the Bobcats out of the net with her four blocked shots.
The second period was better for Dartmouth, which had its first scoring opportunity at the 16-minute mark when Alyssa Baker and Kate Landers went 2-on-1 with netminder Abbie Ives, but the Bobcat goalie thwarted the attempt. After 36 minutes of scoreless play and some great saves by Honor, Quinnipiac got on the board, scoring at 15:14 and 19:01 to take a 2-0 lead heading into the third.
Dartmouth did not stop trying to get that goal and, with just 50 seconds to go in the third, it paid off. Bracken, receiving the puck from Essery, shot to the left of Ives from the face-off dot to cut the Bobcats’ lead to one with little time left on the clock.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard enters Wednesday’s game with a record of 6-4-1 and 4-2-1 in ECAC Hockey play. This past weekend, the Crimson went 1-1, falling to Quinnipiac by a score of 2-1 before rebounding to defeat Princeton, 4-1. Four Harvard players have double-digit points and are led by Brooke Jovanovich with her five goals and seven helpers.
LAST TIME AGAINST HARVARD
The Big Green and the Crimson both opened their regular seasons against each other on Oct. 20 at the Bright-Landry Center. Shaunessy netted Dartmouth’s lone goal in the 4-1 loss. At 11:24 of the third, Shaunessy bested netminder Beth Larcom, finding the back of the net with just five seconds remaining on the 5-on-3.
AND IN NET
Honor has started 10 of the team’s 11 games so far this season. In 509 minutes, she has made 306 saves while allowing 32 goals and has a .905 save percentage and 3.77 goals against average. She has won two games, both by shutout. Shannon Ropp has played in four contests, has made 71 saves while allowing nine goals and has an .888 save percentage and 3.69 goals against average. She has a record of 1-0-0. Dartmouth’s third netminder Kayla Wormsbecher has not yet seen any playing time.
Live stats for the game against the Crimson can be found on dartmouthsports.com. Fans can purchase a subscription to the ILN or can watch on ESPN3. Bob Lipman will be doing play-by-play on 94.5 ESPN Radio. For live updates throughout the games, follow the team’s official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
The Big Green will have three weeks away from the ice to enjoy some time with their families before returning to Thompson to close their nine-game homestand and the first half of the season against UConn on New Year’s Eve.