Dartmouth (2-8-0) vs. Boston College (11-3-3)
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
All-Time Series: Dartmouth leads, 25-6-3
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After a busy week spent entirely on the road, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team will return to Thompson Arena after playing four games away from home to host Boston College in a non-conference tilt on Wednesday. Having not played in Hanover since early November, this will be the Big Green’s first home game this month and last home game until the second week in January. The game will be available for viewing on both the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) and ESPN3.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth dropped 2-1 games to both Colgate and Cornell in a pair of ECAC Hockey games over the weekend.
Dartmouth vs. Colgate
After trailing by two halfway through the second, Dartmouth made it a one-goal game, but was unable to get a second, falling to No. 7/7 Colgate, 2-1, at the Class of 1965 Arena.
Caroline Shaunessy scored her first goal of the season, with assists going to Alyssa Baker and Devon Moir. That was Shaunessy’s second goal of her career and Moir’s first point since the 2014-15 season. Robyn Chemago played all 60 minutes between the pipes, ending up with 29 saves.
Colgate got on the board first with an Annika Zalewski marker at 6:43 in the first; her shot was stopped by Chemago, but hit her right pad at such an angle that it flipped up and into the net to give the Raiders an early one-goal lead. The teams rode out the rest of the first with the Raiders ahead by one. The Big Green had to deal with a flurry of Raider shots, most of which were blocked by Dartmouth defenders.
It became a 2-0 game early in the second went Anond Hoppner scored the eventual game-winner on a breakaway at 7:59. With just two seconds remaining on the power play, Dartmouth got one back at 14:45 when Shaunessy’s slapshot from the blueline made its way behind Julia Vandyk in net to cut the Raiders’ lead to one. The Big Green found their stride during the second period, outshooting the Raiders, 14-9, to make it 22-18 in Colgate’s favor overall.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the third, although it was not for want of trying. The Raiders outshot the Big Green, 9-5, and Chemago stopped all of Colgate’s attempts.
Dartmouth vs. Cornell
The Big Green returned to the ice the following day to face the Big Red, falling by a score of 2-1, at Lynah Rink. 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.
Five minutes into the first period, 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 players fired at Dartmouth’s 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, Cecilia Lopez got a good look when she weaved behind the cage, wrapping around to take a shot. Boissonnault made the save and Rombaut 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.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE
The Eagles enter the midweek tilt with a record of 11-3-3, their only losses coming against Minnesota Duluth, Maine and Boston University. Boston College is currently riding a five-game unbeaten streak, defeating New Hampshire twice (5-1, 7-1), going 1-0-1 against Northeastern (2-2, 4-2) and thrashing Providence (8-0). Caitrin Lonergan leads the team with 21 points, Delaney Belinskas has a team-leading 11 goals and Makenna Newkirk is first with 15 assists.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE EAGLES
On December 10, 2014, Dartmouth hosted BC, which was number one in the country at that point. The Eagles pushed their unbeaten streak to 18 with a 6-1 victory. Morgan Illikainen scored the home team’s lone goal, finding the back of the net at 4:56 of the second period, with assists going to Laura Stacey and Tebano.
AND IN NET…
Chemago started and played almost every second of both games this past weekend. In 118 minutes, she allowed just three goals while making 60 saves and had a .952 save percentage and 1.52 goals against average. So far this season, she has started eight games, played 478 minutes, allowed 17 goals while making 248 saves, and has a .936 save percentage and 2.13 goals against average. Honor was the starting goalie against both St. Lawrence and Clarkson, making 58 stops and allowing eight goals for a .879 save percentage and 4.04 goals against average. Dartmouth’s other goaltender, Shannon Ropp, has not appeared in a regular-season game, but had a strong performance in the exhibition contest against McGill.
Every home game (and Ivy League road contests) can be watched on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) with a subscription. For the second year in a row, Rob Kennedy will be back on the call for home contests. Select games will be broadcast on ESPN 94.5 FM, as well as online at 945espn.com.
Live stats for the game on Wednesday can be found on DartmouthSports.com, while both the ILDN and ESPN3 will carry streams of the contest. For in-game updates on the team, follow its new official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
Although it seems hard to believe, the first half of the season is almost done. The Big Green will wrap up 2016 at Vermont on Saturday, Dec. 10, and will not play again until a Jan. 6 game at Princeton.