HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s hockey team took fifth-ranked St. Lawrence down to the wire, but a Saints’ goal with 1:06 left in regulation gave the visitors a 2-1 victory Saturday afternoon at Thompson Arena.
Brooke Webster spoiled what was arguably one of the best performances this season from the Big Green (5-20-0, 3-16-0 ECAC Hockey) with both of the Saints’ (24-3-2, 16-2-1 ECAC) scores.
Webster had a knack for scoring late in periods as her first of the day came with 53 seconds remaining in the opening frame, while the second was with 66 seconds left in regulation.
Senior netminder Robyn Chemago was the anchor of the Dartmouth defense on Saturday, stopping 26 shots and giving her team a chance to steal league points away from one of the top teams in ECAC Hockey and the nation in 2016-17.
Sophomore Alyssa Baker helped that cause, notching her first of the year midway through the second period on a great centering feed from Mackenzie St. Onge. Emma Korbs was also credited with a helper on the play.
“I am so proud of how this team played this weekend against two of the best teams in the country,” head coach Laura Schuler said afterward. “To kill those penalties last night against a talented Clarkson team and come back and battle the No. 5 team in the country as well and as long as we did today was a step in the right direction for us.
“Every game we are getting better,” Schuler continued. “If we can play the next four games like we did these two games this weekend, we will definitely see success.”
If Friday’s contest with No. 3 Clarkson was defined by a plethora of special teams play, Saturday was a clean game that only saw a combined four power plays between the two. Dartmouth’s penalty kill was a perfect 3-for-3, while St. Lawrence was successful in killing off the Green’s lone advantage of the afternoon.
Chemago had to be sharp — and was — with the Saints outshooting the home team, 28-12.
The Big Green are on the road next weekend for a pair of league games at Rensselaer and Union on Friday and Saturday.