After starting the season with four away games, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team will settle in for a nine-game homestand, starting with a pair of non-conference tilts against Maine on Saturday and Sunday. Both games will be on the Ivy League Network (ILN) and Sunday’s contest can also be heard on 94.5 ESPN Radio.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green had a 1-1 weekend against conference rivals, defeating Quinnipiac on Friday before falling to Princeton the following day.
Dartmouth vs. Quinnipiac
Thanks to excellent goaltending by Christine Honor and a goal scored late in the first period by Alyssa Baker, Dartmouth defeated Quinnipiac, 1-0, at High Point Solutions Arena. Also ending the night with a point were Hailey Noronha and Cecilia Lopez, who assisted on Baker’s first tally of the year.
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.
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 vs. Princeton
The Big Green fell to the Tigers, 8-1, at Hobey Baker Rink on Saturday afternoon.
Kate Landers gave Dartmouth its first opportunity at a goal early in the first, trying to stuff the puck into the left corner of the net following a cross from freshman Jennifer Costa, but netminder Stephanie Neatby was there to make the save. Princeton goals scored at 10:18, 16:18 and 18:23 gave the Tigers a 3-0 advantage.
Two more tallies before the midway point in the second period made it a 5-0 game. Shannon Ropp replaced Honor in net and, right off the bat, made a handful of key saves. At 19:04, with just a few seconds remaining on the 5-on-3, Rombaut scored her first goal of the season, tipping the puck into the left corner. This was the Big Green’s third 5-on-3 tally of the last four games.
The third period was a tough one, as the Tigers scored three goals in less than three minutes to give Princeton an 8-1 lead that would last until the final whistle.
Since her NCAA record-breaking performance on Friday, Honor has had a big week. She was named the dartmouthsports.com female athlete of the week, appeared in the Dartmouth plays of the week, was mentioned by Sportscenter and was named the NCAA First Star.
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS
Maine has had a good start to its season. With a record of 5-4, the Black Bears have taken down some talented teams. They defeated No. 9 Quinnipiac (4-2), RPI (2-1, 3-2), No. 10 Robert Morris (5-2) and Boston University (4-2). Maine is currently on a two-game losing streak after falling to UNH (2-1) and No. 3 Boston College (7-2). Tereza Vanisova leads the way with 11 points from three goals and eight assists.
LAST TIME AGAINST MAINE
Almost a year ago, the Big Green split against the Black Bears, winning the first game, 4-0, before falling, 3-2, the following day.
AND IN NET…
Honor has appeared in and started all four games, playing 173 minutes, making 124 saves while allowing 13 goals and has a .905 save percentage and 4.50 goals against average. Ropp has played 66 minutes in two games, making 41 saves and allowing five goals, and has .891 save percentage and 4.53 goals against average.
Live stats for this weekend’s games can be found on dartmouthsports.com. Fans can purchase a subscription to the ILN to watch both contests against the Black Bears. For live updates throughout the weekend, follow the team’s official twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
Next Friday and Saturday, the Big Green will host Yale and Brown.