Dartmouth (5-19-0, 3-15-0) at Rensselaer (9-19-2, 6-11-1)
Date: Friday, February 10, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Troy, N.Y. / Houston Field House
All-Time Series: Dartmouth leads, 16-6-2
The Dartmouth women’s hockey team will head out on the road for the final time during the regular season to play Rensselaer on Friday and Union the following afternoon. After this weekend, just two home games remain on the 2016-17 schedule.
LAST TIME OUT
This past weekend, the Big Green dropped a pair of contests at Thompson Arena to No. 3/3 Clarkson (3-0) and No. 5/5 St. Lawrence (2-1).
Dartmouth vs. Clarkson
Against the Golden Knights on Friday, Robyn Chemago was a strong force in net, stopping 43 shots throughout the game. Kate Landers led Dartmouth with four shots and had a number of big plays in front of the net to keep Clarkson at bay.
The Big Green came out aggressively, going shot for shot with the Golden Knights. It was not until the final five minutes of the first period that Clarkson was able to get on the board when Genevieve Bannon got one into the right corner at 14:11, giving the visitors a one-goal lead heading into the first intermission.
Bannon struck again at 7:51 in the second, with assists going to Loren Gavel and Cayley Mercer for the second time that night. Savannah Harmon added Clarkson’s third and final tally of the day at 13:18 to make it a 3-0 game. The home team pulled their goalie in an effort to find the back of the net, but Clarkson netminder Shea Tiley managed to stop each shot.
The Golden Knights outshot the Big Green, 46-16. Dartmouth killed off each and every one of its penalties to keep the number one team in the conference off the board when skating with the extra player.
Dartmouth vs. St. Lawrence
On Saturday, Brooke Webster spoiled what was arguably one of the best performances this season from the Big Green with both of the Saints’ 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.
Chemago was the anchor of the Dartmouth defense, 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.
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.
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.
The Engineers enter the weekend with an overall record of 9-19-2 and 6-11-1 in conference play. RPI is currently on a four-game losing streak, its last win coming in the form of a 2-1 defeat of Union on Jan. 21. Laura Horwood leads the team in assists (12) and points (17), while Sabrina Repaci has a team-leading seven goals.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE ENGINEERS
On Jan. 14, 2017, Dartmouth won its third game of the week, defeating Rensselaer, 2-1, in overtime at Thompson Arena. So far this season, the Big Green are 2-0-0 in overtime contests.
Just over a minute into the overtime period and 13 seconds into the power play, Kennedy Ottenbreit ended the game in dramatic fashion, shooting to the right when netminder Lovisa Selander was covering her left post after saving two shots just before. Baker and Tess Bracken were credited with the assists. Dartmouth’s other goal that scored in the opening minute of the second period was Cecilia Lopez’s second of her career and the week.
The game got off to a quick start when RPI got on the board just 50 seconds in. A backhander by Laura Horwood found its way into the far corner of the net to give the Engineers an early one-goal lead. Christina Rombaut and Baker, who were a great pair with their two assists apiece, put together a nice play, but Selander knocked away multiple shots.
Dartmouth one-upped RPI by scoring 48 seconds into the second period. With the puck in Engineer territory, Lopez intercepted a pass meant for a player in red and fired a rocket to the left to tie the game at 1-1 with her unassisted goal. The Big Green tried to end the period the way they started – with a goal – but Devon Moir’s impressive attempt with three seconds left went wide.
RPI came alive in the third and outshot Dartmouth, 11-8, but neither team could make it past the other goaltender and the game went to overtime.
The five-minute overtime period proved to be a lot shorter than that. Fifty-six seconds in, Horwood – RPI’s top scorer – got two minutes for boarding, which left her team playing a man down with four minutes to go in overtime. Thirteen seconds later, Bracken took a shot, which was saved and rebounded to Baker, whose shot was also saved and deflected. The third time, Selander was not so lucky, and Ottenbreit swept in and put the puck in the corner to win the game.
The Dutchwomen are currently 4-25-1 and 1-16-1 before their game against Harvard on Friday. Union has lost five straight, falling to RPI (2-1), St. Lawrence (8-1), Clarkson (3-1), Cornell (5-1) and Colgate (4-1). On Jan. 14, it defeated Harvard for the first time ever, defeating the Crimson, 3-2, in overtime. The following week, the Dutchwomen tied the Engineers, 2-2. Haley Shugart and Emily Erickson are tied for first with 11 points. Shugart leads with seven goals, while Erickson has six assists.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE DUTCHWOMEN
On Jan. 13, Dartmouth defeated Union, 2-1, at Thompson Arena.
For the second game in a row, the Big Green struck first. At 5:28 in the opening period, after the puck spent a lot of time behind Union’s net, Shaunessy had a great snipe from the top corner to make it 1-0 in Dartmouth’s favor.
The Dutchwomen had their best opportunity at a goal early in the second period when Brandy Streeter – fresh out of the box – skated through the Big Green defenders and fired at Chemago, but her shot was deflected over the crossbar. In all four of its power-play opportunities that period, Dartmouth was on fire, but netminder Kate Spooner kept the Green off the board.
The first six minutes of the third period were played with very few whistles or shots. At 8:06, Baker picked up a loose puck that had been knocked off Rombaut’s stick and sent it to Tebano, who fired into the right corner to give Dartmouth a two-goal lead.
Things got interesting when two Big Green players ended up in the box. Twenty seconds after the second Dartmouth penalty was called, Union scored its only goal of the night to cut the Big Green’s lead to one. Dartmouth fought through the next three minutes and one more penalty to hold on to the lead.
AND IN NET…
Chemago played both games over the weekend, making 43 saves against Clarkson and 26 against St. Lawrence the next day. So far this season, she has played 1134 minutes, has made 593 saves and allowed 47 goals, has a .927 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average. In five games this season, Christie Honor has played 292 minutes, has allowed 13 goals while making139 saves, and has a .914 save percentage and 2.67 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 this weekend’s games can be found on DartmouthSports.com, while free video streams are available for both contests. For live updates throughout the contest, follow the team’s official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
Dartmouth will conclude the regular season at home next weekend, hosting Brown at 6 p.m. on Friday and Yale at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Big Green’s seven seniors will be honored after the game against the Bulldogs.
*Record before Friday’s game at Harvard