For the second weekend in a row, Dartmouth women’s hockey will travel to the Empire State, this time taking on No. 6/6 Cornell and No. 4/4 Colgate in some ECAC Hockey play. Both games will be played at 3 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green had a great weekend on the road, going 1-0-1 and earning three points to move up a spot in the conference standings.
Dartmouth at Union
Caroline Shaunessy and Christina Rombaut had two points apiece in the 3-2 victory over the Dutchwomen on Friday. Shaunessy netted the Green’s first and third goals, while Rombaut opened scoring in the first and assisted on the game-winning tally. Morgan Turner, Alyssa Baker, Kate Landers and Sydney Hill all had an assist. Christine Honor had a good game in net, making 25 saves to earn the win.
Union controlled the early parts of the first period and, following three Dartmouth penalties in a short amount of time, had a 1-0 advantage. The Big Green soon turned the game around, finding the back of the net twice in less than three minutes to take the lead. Rombaut tied things up with her second of the season at 12:16, while Shaunessy put Dartmouth ahead with her power-play tally at 14:57.
The Green’s lead did not last long, as the Dutchwomen responded just 37 seconds into the second to make it a 2-2 game. With both team’s defense on point, it took until the 15th minute for the tie to be broken. Rombaut had a great breakaway opportunity, but was stopped by netminder Coco Francis. Unfortunately for Francis, the puck rebounded to Shaunessy, who fired past the diving goalie for the second time to score the eventual game winner.
After a combined five goals were scored in the first two periods, the third was a lot quieter, although not devoid of action by any means. Union had a 13-11 shot advantage, but smart plays by the Big Green kept the Dutchwomen out of the net. Late in the period, Honor had two great back-to-back saves, diving on the puck to get Dartmouth out of danger.
Dartmouth at RPI
Thanks to a goal scored late in the third by Linda Essery, Dartmouth skated to a 3-3 tie against Rensselaer on Saturday. Baker and Rombaut led the team with two points, while Essery, Jennifer Costa, Megan Cornell, Hailey Noronha and Turner all had a point. Honor had another great game and ended up with 42 saves and a .933 save percentage.
The first period was filled with aggressive, back-and-forth action, but not many true scoring opportunities. RPI’s best chances came in the 17th minute, when the Engineers got five straight shots off. Good defense and four quick saves by Honor kept the puck out of the net and the game tied at 0-0.
After almost half an hour of scoreless play, Dartmouth broke through first. At 7:57, just 18 seconds into the power play, Noronha’s shot from the blue line was redirected into the left corner of the net by Baker to put the Green up, 1-0. It became a two-goal game at 14:38 when Baker swung around the net and passed to Cornell waiting in the crease, sending it over Lovisa Selander’s left shoulder. Twenty-two seconds later, the Engineers got one back to make it a slightly closer game (2-1).
RPI controlled the start of the third period, tying the game up at 3:55 and taking the lead for the first time at 8:32. At 16:51, Essery netted her second tally of the season, taking advantage of Selander losing sight of the puck and shooting to the left while the goalie covered her right. Little happened in the remaining three minutes and the teams headed to overtime.
Both teams had a few opportunities to end things early during the five-minute overtime period, but Honor and Selander were on their game and denied everything that was sent their way. The Big Green outshot the Engineers, 3-2, in the extra period.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
After dropping three games in a row, Cornell rebounded on Tuesday with a 6-3 win over Syracuse thanks to a short-handed goal by Kristin O’Neill with 20 seconds to go in the contest. The Big Red have done well so far in ECAC Hockey games and are currently sixth with a 6-4-0 mark. Just two players have made it to double-digit points, and the team is led by O’Neill with her 12 points (7G, 12A).
LAST TIME AGAINST CORNELL
The Big Red is just one of four conference teams that the Big Green have not yet faced in 2017-18. Last season, Dartmouth had a pair of one-goal losses to Cornell. Almost a year ago, the Green fell to eight-ranked Cornell, 1-0, at Thompson Arena.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate has had a great season so far, suffering just three losses in its 21 games. Before its game against Harvard on Friday, Colgate enters the weekend on a four-game unbeaten streak, taking down Cornell (5-4), Quinnipiac (2-1, OT) and Princeton (3-2) and tying Robert Morris (3-3). The Raiders are tied for first in the ECAC Hockey with a record of 8-2-0. Leading the team with 10 goals and 10 assists each are Jessie Eldridge and Shae Labbe.
LAST TIME AGAINST COLGATE
The Big Green went 0-2 against the Raiders in 2016-17. At home on Jan. 28, Kennedy Ottenbreit scored halfway through the third period, with assists going to Rombaut and Shaunessy, in Dartmouth’s 6-1 loss to Colgate.
AND IN NET
Honor has been having a pretty good year so far, starting all but one of the team’s 15 games. In 754 minutes, she has made 436 saves while allowing 43 goals and has a .910 save percentage and 3.42 goals against average. She has had over 35 saves in seven games and over 40 in three. 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 for both games this weekend can be found at dartmouthsports.com. Fans who subscribe to the Ivy League Network (ILN) can watch Friday’s game against the Big Red on there, while Saturday’s game will be on the Patriot League Network. For live updates throughout the games, follow the team’s official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
The Big Green will return to Thompson Arena for a pair of games against St. Lawrence and Clarkson. These are the last two conference opponents that Dartmouth has yet to face this season.