HAMDEN, Conn. – Thanks to excellent goaltending by junior Christine Honor and a goal scored late in the first period by classmate Alyssa Baker, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team defeated Quinnipiac, 1-0, at High Point Solutions Arena on Friday evening.
The Big Green picked up their first win of the season and their first victory over the Bobcats since Jan. 11, 2013.
Honor had a career night. Her 61 saves was a career-high, a program record, and, best of all, an NCAA record for most saves in a shutout, which was held by Union’s Shanae Lundberg since Dec. 2, 2014. This was also her first career shutout.
“We talk about making progress in two ways,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “Sometimes, you make progress in small increments. Sometimes, you take a big step. It’s safe to say that, tonight, we took a giant step. The type of effort we saw by all was amazing. Everyone played great, which was led by an unbelievable performance by Christie in net. The kids just kept battling and stayed with it even though Quinnipiac had puck possession most of the game. They kept working, the effort was great, the kids supported one another, and I couldn’t ask for more.
“We have to have that kind of work ethic,” Marsh continued. “The work the girls put in is evident, and they really deserved this. We have had some moral victories, and moral victories are fine up to a point, but we need real ones, and tonight was just what the doctor ordered. I couldn’t be prouder. This is a good feeling. It’s great to see them so excited.”
Although Quinnipiac led in shots to start the game, it was Dartmouth that struck first. With 10 seconds remaining with the extra player, Noronha’s shot went wide, distracting netminder Abbie Ives. While Ives was looking over her right shoulder, the puck rebounded to Baker, who fired into the empty left corner to give the Green a 1-0 advantage at 14:52 of the first.
The Bobcats almost evened the score on the power play early in the second. Melissa Samoskevich’s shot hit the left pipe, traveled behind Honor and exited the right side of the cage. The Big Green goalie had an impressive 25 saves for a total of 42 through two periods, which already beat her career-high of 39 at Harvard last weekend.
Quinnipiac controlled the action in the third period, taking 11 shots in a row – four of which had to be saved by Honor and four were blocked by the Big Green defense – before Dartmouth got a stick on the puck. The Big Green managed to keep the attacking Bobcats at bay for the remainder of the game.
Dartmouth will be back in action against Princeton at 3 p.m. on Saturday. This will be the Big Green’s last road game until January.