HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Tess Bracken netted her first goal of the season with 50 seconds to go in the third in Dartmouth women’s hockey’s 2-1 loss to Quinnipiac at Thompson Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Big Green (3-8-0, 1-6-0) and the Bobcats (10-7-2, 6-4-0) went 1-1 against each other in 2017-18, after Dartmouth’s 1-0 road victory back in October that saw Honor break the NCAA saves record.
“Without a doubt, that was one of our best efforts of the year,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “I give the kids so much credit for what they did out there today. It’s very hard to come back after an emotional loss like last night, and Quinnipiac is one of the top teams in the league, but that was an unbelievable effort. Christie did an absolutely phenomenal job in net. The lines were going hard. The work ethic was spot on. We didn’t generate a lot of shots, but we generated energy.
“I am no less excited about this game than when we beat them down there,” Marsh continued. “Obviously, a different outcome would’ve been nice. But the effort was fantastic. One of our best, particularly coming off last night.”
Quinnipiac had a 9-0 shot advantage in the first, though few posed much of a threat to Honor. Senior 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 juniors 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.
Dartmouth’s last game of 2017 will be at home against Harvard next Wednesday, Dec. 6.