HANOVER, N.H. – Senior Kennedy Ottenbreit scored her second collegiate hat trick to help the Dartmouth women’s hockey team defeat Yale, 4-1, in a dramatic season-finale at Thompson Arena on Senior Day Saturday. The Big Green end the season with an overall record of 7-21-0 and a 5-17-0 mark in ECAC Hockey play.
Every senior ended their final game in a Green and White uniform with at least one point. In addition, junior Morgan Turner scored the final goal, and freshman Sydney Hill and junior Hailey Noronha picked up a point by assisting on Ottenbreit’s second marker. Robyn Chemago was a force in net, turning away multiple shots and coming away with 29 saves.
This was Dartmouth’s first victory over Yale since Feb. 22, 2014.
"I'm very excited for our seniors and the 2016-17 team for being able to finish on a high note," head coach Laura Schuler said. "Our goal was to bring the offense and defense together, and our girls did just that. Not only did Robyn have another great game, but I was so excited that each of our seven playing seniors made it onto to the scoresheet."
Yale had its best chance at a goal in the first minute of the second period when Laura Anderson took a point-blank shot at Chemago. The senior netminder made a tricky save, but the rebound was sent directly back to Anderson, whose second shot from the right post flew over Chemago’s head, hit the left post and sat on the goal line before it was cleared. The red light went on, but extensive video review ruled in Dartmouth’s favor and the score remained 0-0.
A minute later, the Big Green got their second power play opportunity of the afternoon and, just eight seconds in, the scoreless tie was broken, thanks to a trio of seniors. At 2:57, seniors Emma Korbs and Eleni Tebano played the puck at the blue line and passed to Ottenbreit at the point, who fired to the left of Hanna Mandl. The puck hit her left glove before flicking in. At 10:09, Ottenbreit got her second marker of the period in quite the same manner, shooting over Mandl’s left shoulder, with assists going to Hill and Noronha.
Ottenbreit completed her hat trick at 3:09 of the third with an unassisted tally, winning her own faceoff and firing into the right corner while falling to the ice. At 13:35, the Bulldogs scored their lone goal of the game thanks to Kara Drexler’s slapper, making it a 3-1 game.
In an effort to close the gap even more, the Bulldogs pulled their goalie, only to have Dartmouth score once more. Senior Devon Moir won the faceoff and cleared the puck to classmate Mackenzie St. Onge, who got it to Turner. The junior ended up out in front of Yale’s defenders and fired into the empty net from beyond the blue line with 56.7 seconds to go, giving the Big Green a 4-1 lead to last until the final whistle.