HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Kennedy Ottenbreit scored her fifth goal of the season in Dartmouth’s 3-1 loss to No. 8/8 Quinnipiac at the High Point Solutions Arena on a very snowy Saturday evening.
At 8:54 in the third and with the Big Green trailing by three goals, Ottenbreit fired from the left circle, beating netminder Sydney Rossman and finding the back of the net 43 seconds into the power play. Senior Eleni Tebano and sophomore Alyssa Baker were credited with the assists. For the second night in a row, senior Robyn Chemago had 40 saves and had a .930 save percentage.
"Although it wasn't the outcome we were looking for, I was really proud of our how girls battled tonight and got better as a unit every period," head coach Laura Schuler said. "I think that there are a lot of things to build on moving forward and, most importantly, we played hard and we played smart tonight and those are two key ingredients we need to move forward."
The early parts of the first period played out quietly, with few shots and fewer whistles. Dartmouth (2-12-0, 1-8-0) generated some chances, but the majority of them were blocked by Quinnipiac (15-5-4, 8-3-2) players. The Big Green’s best opportunity of the day was before the halfway point in the period when sophomore Tess Bracken fired two in a row, the second hitting the left post. At 12:47, Randi Marcon broke the scoreless tie to give the Bobcats a 1-0 edge that would hold until the second period.
After not taking a shot in the first, Dartmouth got four chances during the following period. With less than two minutes to play, Baker won the faceoff deep in Quinnipiac territory and fired at Rossman. When the netminder lost track of the puck, Baker went to pocket the rebound, but it went wide. At 18:49, Taryn Baumgardt shot to the right to make it a 2-0 game.
At 5:40 in the third, Melissa Samoskevich gave Quinnipiac a three-goal lead, but that did not last long, as Ottenbreit netted Dartmouth’s first tally of the weekend three minutes later. The Big Green pulled Chemago in the hopes of getting one more goal with the extra player, but ran out of time before they could do so.
After being on the road for seven of the last eight games, Dartmouth will play at Thompson Arena three times next week. On Tuesday, it was hosts New Hampshire at 7 p.m. before taking on Union and RPI over the weekend.