HANOVER, N.H. – In its penultimate game of the 2016-17 season, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team fell to Brown, 5-2, at Thompson Arena on Friday evening. The Big Green are now 6-21-0 overall and 4-17-0 in ECAC Hockey play, while the Bears improved to 6-22-0 and 4-17-0.
Senior Kennedy Ottenbreit and freshman Bailee Brekke both ended the night with two points apiece from a goal and an assist. Senior Mackenzie St. Onge and junior Hailey Noronha also picked up a helper each.
“I thought we played really well offensively,” head coach Laura Schuler said. “We had 38 shots on net and a ton of really good scoring chances. We hit the post a few times, but we just couldn’t bury one tonight. I think the difference in the game was that Brown was able to capitalize on their chances and we didn’t.”
Dartmouth came out strong, aggressively going after the puck and outshooting Brown, 17-7, in the first. Before the end of the period, though, the Bears had a 2-0 advantage courtesy of goals by Bridget Carey and Sarah Migliori.
Veronice Alois added a pair of tallies at 8:30 and 15:31 to make it a 4-0 game, but Brekke’s second marker of her career at 18:05 cut Brown’s lead to three. The play started at the blue line, where Noronha passed to Ottenbreit, who skated behind the net and got the puck to Brekke waiting to the right of the cage.
Ottenbreit’s eighth of the year at 4:46 of the third made it a two-goal game. St. Onge took a chance from Monica Elvin’s left, but the Brown netminder made the save. A Bear defender quickly cleared the puck, but accidentally sent it directly to Ottenbreit, who buried the puck in the right corner. Alois completed her hat trick at the end of the period with an empty netter.
The Big Green outshot the Bears, 38-25. Neither team was able to score on the power play in a game that saw only three penalties. Senior Robyn Chemago had seven saves throughout 28 minutes, while sophomore Christie Honor finished out the game and had 13.
Dartmouth will conclude the year on Saturday by playing Yale at 3 p.m. The Big Green’s seven seniors will be honored after the contest.