The Dartmouth women’s hockey team will close the first half of its season on Saturday when it travels to Burlington to face Vermont at 2 p.m. After that, the Big Green will not have another game for almost a month.
LAST TIME OUT
In its only Wednesday game of the entire season, Dartmouth dropped its final home game of 2016 to No. 6 Boston College, 6-1.
Christina Rombaut scored her third goal of the year early in the third period. Caroline Shaunessy picked up her third point of the year with the first assist, while Eleni Tebano got the second. She has ended six of the last seven games with at least one point. In net, Robyn Chemago had 32 saves.
By the end of the first period, Boston College had a 2-0 edge over Dartmouth. Eight seconds into the second period, Andie Anastos won the faceoff and shot to the left to give the Eagles their third goal of the evening. The Big Green had a good opportunity to get one of their own at the end of the period when Kennedy Ottenbreit, Rombaut and Tess Bracken put together a nice play, but Katie Burt stopped Bracken’s shot in a diving fashion.
At 1:51 in the third, Dartmouth was finally able to crack Burt when Rombaut’s shot from the right point got behind the goalie a split second before she could react. Less than eight minutes later, the Eagles got their three-goal lead back when Kali Flanagan’s shot was saved by Chemago, but deflected straight up and landed behind her.
Cecilia Lopez had herself a good game, putting together a nice play with Alyssa Baker before being stopped by Burt and, later, hitting the post. Boston College added one more at 16:56 to make it a 6-1 game.
The Catamounts enter Saturday’s game with a record of 6-6-4 and a .611 win percentage. Vermont has had a good run so far this season, going 3-3-1 against ranked opponents. Last weekend, it defeated No. 10 Northeastern in a pair of overtime games (2-1, 3-2). Ève-Audrey Picard and Saana Valkama are tied for first on the team with 10 points; Picard leads with five goals while Valkama has a team-leading eight helpers.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE CATAMOUNTS
On Dec. 12, 2015, Dartmouth suffered a 3-2 loss to Vermont in both its first home game in almost a month and its last contest of the year. Ottenbreit and Laura Stacey led the team with a goal and an assist apiece.
The tail end of the first period was an exciting one, as three goals were scored within four minutes. At 12:24, Mackenzie MacNeil got Vermont on the board and, just over a minute later, Casey Leveillee made it 2-0. At 16:32, Ottenbreit lessened the Catamounts’ lead to one with her slapshot from the blueline that sailed past four Vermont players and to the right of Molly Depew in net. Ottenbreit’s fifth tally of the season came just four seconds into the power play.
The Catamounts got back that two-goal lead just 40 seconds into the second period courtesy of a Victoria Andreakos goal. Dartmouth unleashed almost 20 shots in the next nine minutes, but Depew and her defense held their own and none made it through.
With just over a minute remaining in the third period, Stacey took advantage of Depew covering a previous shot on the left and shot into a wide open right corner to make it 3-2.
AND IN NET…
Chemago played her seventh straight game, playing all 60 minutes against Boston College. She made 32 saves while allowing six goals. So far this season, she has started nine games, played 538 minutes, allowed 23 goals while making 280 saves, and has a .924 save percentage and 2.56 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.
100 GAMES AND COUNTING
Three members of the Class of 2017 are fast approaching 100 career games. At Vermont, Tebano and Ottenbreit will hit the mark, while Mackenzie St. Onge will have to wait until the first game after the New Year to get her 100th. Emma Korbs is right behind with 97.
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 Saturday can be found on DartmouthSports.com, while NSN Sports will carry a free stream of the game. For live updates throughout the contest, follow its new official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
After Saturday’s game, it will be almost a month until Dartmouth returns to the ice. On Jan. 6-7, the Big Green will face Princeton and Quinnipiac on the road.