Dartmouth women’s hockey will play at Thompson for the last time in 2017-18 this weekend, hosting Rensselaer and Union. After the game against the Dutchwomen on Saturday, seniors Brooke Ahbe, Hailey Noronha and Morgan Turner will be honored.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green faced No. 4/4 Colgate and No. 5/5 Cornell at home over the weekend, dropping to both games.
Dartmouth vs. No. 4/4 Colgate
The Green found the back of the net first, but a handful of unanswered goals led the Raiders to a 5-1 victory on Friday.
A penalty-ridden first period led to Tess Bracken’s team-leading sixth tally of the season. With 47 seconds of 5-on-3 action ahead of them, Noronha and Kate Landers put together a nice play and found Bracken at the point, who sent the puck to the right of netminder Liz Auby. The Raiders responded with three goals within a two-minute span to take a 3-1 lead.
Compared to the five-penalty, four-tally first period, the second was a lot quieter with two penalties and zero goals. Christine Honor had 16 saves to bring her two-period total to 35, while Landers had a nice chance, but the score remained the same heading to the third.
After keeping Colgate off the board for over 20 minutes, the Raiders scored at 2:24 and 8:07 of the third to make it a 5-1 game. Jennifer Costa and Noronha tried their hand late to get one more, but were denied.
Dartmouth vs. No. 5/5 Cornell
Bracken netted her second goal of the weekend in the 3-1 loss to the Big Red on Saturday. She now leads the team with seven goals, five of which were scored in the last four games.
Dartmouth had a few nice chances in the first, including a hit post by Linda Essery and a great play by Christina Rombaut and Bracken that barely missed the mark, but it was Cornell that struck first at 12:24. One more at 16:05 gave the Big Red a 2-0 advantage
With Cornell still ahead by two late in the second, Honor completely denied the Big Red another goal with a huge stick save. At 15:36, Cornell eventually did get the goal it was looking for to make it 3-0.
Dartmouth started playing tougher in the third and were rewarded at 7:11 when Bracken netted her seventh of the season to get the Big Green on the board. Noronha received the puck from a Big Red player and passed to Bracken who fired from a difficult angle. The puck went through Marlene Boissonanault’s legs and the Big Red goalie watched it settle behind her in the net.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
Since its tie against Dartmouth last month, RPI has gone 2-6-0. The Engineers had some close games, including losses to Clarkson (3-2), Cornell (1-0) and Union (2-1). Most recently, RPI upset Princeton, taking down the Tigers, 4-2. Shayna Tomlinson leads the team with 19 points (6G, 13A).
LAST TIME AGAINST RPI
On Jan. 6, thanks to a goal scored late in the third by Essery, the Big Green tied the Engineers, 3-3, at Houston Field House. Alyssa Baker and Rombaut led the team with two points apiece, while Essery, Costa, Cornell, Noronha and Turner all had a point. Honor had a great game and ended up with 42 saves and a .933 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE DUTCHWOMEN
In the month since its game against Dartmouth, Union has gone 2-6-1. Its two wins came against Harvard (3-1) and RPI (2-1), while the 3-3 tie was against Cornell. Most recently, the Dutchwomen fell to Princeton (4-0) and Quinnipiac (4-2). Katelynn Russ leads the team with 20 points (14G, 6A).
LAST TIME AGAINST UNION
Caroline Shaunessy and Rombaut ended up with two points apiece in the Big Green’s 3-2 victory over the Dutchwomen on Jan. 5. Shaunessy netted Dartmouth’s second and third goals, while Rombaut opened scoring in the first and assisted on the game-winning tally. Turner, Baker, Landers and Sydney Hill all had an assist. Honor was a force and made 25 saves to earn the win.
2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
The Olympics are starting this weekend (the opening ceremony will be the morning of Dartmouth’s game against RPI) and two familiar faces will be at the Kwandong Hockey Centre. Laura Stacey ’16 will be making her Olympic debut with Team Canada, while former Olympian Laura Schuler is taking a year away from her duties as Dartmouth’s head coach to lead the Canadians.
If you want to follow the action over in South Korea, here is the schedule:
Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7:10 a.m. EST (preliminary) – Olympic Athletes from Russia vs. Canada
Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 2:40 a.m. EST (preliminary) – Finland vs. Canada
Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 10:10 p.m. (preliminary) – Canada vs. USA
Quarterfinal games will be played on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17.
AND IN NET
Honor has started all but one of the team’s 23 games so far this season. In 1,182 minutes, she has made 662 saves while allowing 72 goals and has a .902 save percentage and 3.65 goals against average. Shannon Ropp has played in six games and, in 193 minutes, has made 94 saves and allowed 12 goals for an .887 save percentage and 3.72 goals against average. Dartmouth’s third netminder, Kayla Wormsbecher, has not yet seen any playing time.
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
Ahbe, Noronha and Turner will be playing at Thompson for the last time, and will officially end their careers next weekend on the road.
Although Ahbe has not played for the Big Green this season, she always was and remains a big part of the team. In her three years at Dartmouth, she played in 58 games, scored eight goals and tacked on five assists for 13 points.
Noronha will be playing in her 100th career came against RPI. She currently leads the team with 13 points (2G, 11A) and has almost doubled both her career goals and assists this season, as she had three markers and 15 helpers going in to her senior season. She has had an assist in three of the last four games.
Also playing in her 100th game on Friday, Turner has netted one goal (the game winner in the 4-3 victory over Holy Cross) and recorded four assists for a total of five points this season. In her four years, she has four goals and five assists for nine points.
Live stats for the games can be found on dartmouthsports.com and fans can purchase a subscription to the Ivy League Network (ILN) to watch both contests. Saturday’s game against Union will also be called by Bob Lipman on 94.5 ESPN Radio.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
The Big Green will close the 2017-18 season next weekend on the road against Clarkson and St. Lawrence.