TROY, N.Y. – Senior Eleni Tebano had her first-ever three-point performance, helping the Dartmouth women’s hockey team defeat Rensselaer, 4-0, at Houston Field House on Friday evening. The Big Green – which picked up their first win since the 3-2 overtime thriller over the Engineers back on Jan. 14 – improved to 6-19-0 and 4-15-0, while the home team dipped to 9-20-2 and 6-12-1.
Tebano netted Dartmouth’s first and third markers, while assisting on freshman Christina Rombaut’s goal in the second period. Seven other Big Green players ended the evening with a point: seniors Emma Korbs, Kennedy Ottenbreit and Mackenzie St. Onge, junior Hailey Noronha, sophomores Tess Bracken and Alyssa Baker and freshman Cecilia Lopez. Senior netminder Robyn Chemago had a great game, shutting out her second opponent of the season and the eighth of her career. She had 32 saves in the win.
“Great all around effort by everyone this evening,” head coach Laura Schuler said. “I thought we played with much more poise and control today, which allowed us to be able to generate more offense. Again, I am really happy with our penalty kill and killing off five penalties, including a 3v5 for almost a full two minutes. Our girls played it perfect and Robyn was great in net for us again tonight.”
RPI controlled the opening minutes of the game, sporting a 3-0 shot advantage before long. Dartmouth soon turned things around and dominated the middle half of the period, not allowing a single shot by the Engineers for 10 minutes. The Big Green put the perfect play together to get one on the board: with the puck behind RPI’s net, Lopez cleared it to Korbs at the blue line, who tapped it to Tebano to her left. A slapper by the alternate captain flew over netminder Lovisa Selander’s left shoulder to make it a 1-0 game at 18:28.
Late in the second, Dartmouth survived almost two full minutes of 5-on-3 play to keep the score 1-0. Noronha played a big part in keeping the puck out of the net, making a sliding block first before clearing the puck when it managed to sneak behind Chemago. The Big Green were rewarded a few minutes later when Rombaut scored her first marker of the second half of the season at 17:17, with assists going to Ottenbreit and Tebano. Selander got a piece of it, but the puck hit her left pad and flipped in.
Dartmouth was not done just yet. At 5:32 of the third, Bracken’s shot was saved by Selander, but rebounded directly to Tebano, who flicked the puck into the left corner. For good measure, St. Onge added an empty netter at 16:09, scoring her second goal of the year. Noronha picked up her first point of the season on the play.
RPI outshot Dartmouth, 32-23. The Big Green were 100 percent on the power kill, thwarting the Engineers on each of the five power play opportunities.
Dartmouth will go half an hour down the road to face Union at 3 p.m. on Saturday.