ITHACA, N.Y. – The Dartmouth women’s hockey team fell to ECAC Hockey rival Cornell, 2-1, at Lynah Rink on Saturday afternoon. Senior Kennedy Ottenbreit scored with 40 seconds remaining in regulation to cut the Big Red’s lead to one, but time elapsed before the Big Green could find the back of the net again.
Sophomore Tess Bracken, who had been testing Cornell’s goaltender all day, ended up with the first assist, while senior Eleni Tebano picked up the second. Classmate Robyn Chemago had a good game, ending up with 31 saves.
“That was another extremely hard-fought game for us,” head coach Laura Schuler said after the game.” I am really happy with how we’re playing defensively. But, we need to play with more discipline. We’re still getting too many penalties and that’s taking away from our ability to produce chances offensively. We have to be willing to take that next step.”
Five minutes into the first period, freshmen Sabrina Huett and Christina Rombaut both tried to get the puck behind netminder Marlene Boissonnault’s right leg, but a diving save by the Big Red goalie kept the game scoreless. After testing Boissonnault for a few minutes, it was Chemago’s turn; a trio of Cornell (8-4-1, 6-2-1) players fired at Dartmouth’s (2-8-0, 1-6-0) net in quick succession, but Chemago stopped all three.
After Dartmouth was called for a penalty early in the second, Cornell turned things around, taking advantage of the extra player and firing nine shots at Chemago. Micah Hart fired from the blueline, hit the pipe and got the puck right back, sending it into the right corner for goal number one of the day at 3:41. Chemago made 12 saves throughout the period to bring her total after two to 26.
Five minutes into the third period, Cornell was behind its own net when Ottenbreit broke up a Big Red pass and took a shot, but Boissonnault was there to get in the way. A few minutes later, freshman Cecilia Lopez got a good look when she weaved behind the cage, wrapping around to take a shot. Boissonnault made the save and Rombaur tried to send the rebound home, but the puck sailed right.
With Chemago off the ice, the Big Red got their second of the day at 18:31, an empty netter scored by Diana Buckley. Forty-nine seconds later, Ottenbreit scored her second marker of the season, firing to the left of the goalie and beating her for the first time that game.
The Big Red outshot the Big Green, 33-12. Dartmouth went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Cornell was 1-for-5.
The Green’s seven-game road swing is broken up by one contest that will be played at Thompson Arena, a non-conference tilt against Boston College on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.