PRINCETON, N.J. – The Dartmouth women’s hockey team returned to the ice after almost a month away on Friday, opening the second half of the season against Princeton, falling to the Tigers, 4-0, at Hobey Baker Rink.
Senior Mackenzie St. Onge had a good game in her 100th career contest, leading the Big Green with three shots, all of which posed a threat to Steph Neatby in Princeton’s net. Sophomores Caroline Shaunessy and Kate Landers were right behind with two apiece. Senior Robyn Chemago held strong between the pipes, making 40 saves and ending up with a .909 save percentage.
"Princeton played really well tonight," head coach Laura Schuler said. "They moved the puck well and had some good snipers up front that we weren't able to stop. Robyn had some really nice saves for us though. We produced some good scoring chances, and Mac had a few of those, but unfortunately, we didn't capitalize on them."
Although Princeton (11-6-2, 7-4-1) was in control at the beginning of the first, Chemago and the Dartmouth (2-11-0, 1-7-0) defense managed to keep the Tigers at bay until after the halfway point. Twenty-one seconds into Princeton’s first power-play opportunity of the night, Carly Bullock waited by the left post and redirected Stephanie Sucharda’s shot from the blue line to give the home team a 1-0 lead after one.
The Big Green played a better second period, keeping the puck in Tiger territory to test Neatby for the first time. Chemago remained a strong force in net after her 16 saves in the first, making countless stops to keep it close. At 14:10, Cassidy Turner made it 2-0 by intercepting a Dartmouth pass and firing from the right. The Big Green got their first power play opportunity late in the second, but the Tigers were able to kill the chance.
The Tigers found the back of the net twice in the third period, once at 7:41 and then again at 16:34 to make it a 4-0 game. A few minutes after the first, it seemed as if Princeton had scored again, but Chemago had made the save, spinning on her knees to make the save.
The Big Green will head to Hamden, Connecticut, to take on the No. 8/8 Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday.