Five games through its nine-contest homestand, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team will host ECAC Hockey rivals Princeton and Quinnipiac on Dec. 1-2. This will be the second time the Big Green have played the Tigers and the Bobcats in a little over a month. Both games will be on the Ivy League Network (ILN), while the contest against the Bobcats on Saturday can also be heard on 94.5 ESPN Radio.
LAST TIME OUT
After a little time away from the ice, Dartmouth returned the day after Thanksgiving to take on Holy Cross. In the first-ever regular-season meeting between the teams, the Big Green had a 4-3 victory over the Crusaders.
Kate Landers led the way with three points off two goals and an assist, while Tess Bracken (in her first game this season) and Christina Rombaut both had two helpers. Morgan Turner and Sydney Hill netted their first goals of the season, and Hailey Noronha and Alyssa Baker ended the night with an assist apiece.
At 15:40 of the first, Landers got the puck from Baker behind the net and, before netminder Tessie Salatas could move from the right to the left post, shot over the Crusader goalie’s extended leg to give Dartmouth a 1-0 advantage. The Big Green continued to test Salatas for the remainder of the period, getting very close on shots by Turner and Rombaut, and outshooting Holy Cross, 13-8.
The start of the second period was quiet and it took almost five minutes for either team to take a shot. A Dartmouth penalty at 4:29 – the first of the game – gave Holy Cross its first real opportunity of the night. During that time, Shannon Ropp had some great saves and was covering her right when a Crusader shot to her left. A great sliding block by Noronha kept Holy Cross out of the net. The visitors eventually got one back when Julie Matthias shot into the top right corner nine seconds after the power play ended.
Matthias scored the equalizer just 38 seconds into the third period, but a career-first for Hill at 3:03 put Dartmouth back ahead. Shooting from a tough angle to the left of Salatas, Hill’s shot ricocheted off a Crusader and found its way into the right of the net to make it a 3-2 game. Turner’s game winner at 17:21 gave Dartmouth a little room to breathe, but another Crusader marker made it a one-goal game once again with just over 20 seconds to play. The Big Green held off their opponent for the remaining seconds to get the win.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Princeton has gone 1-6-1 since its win over Dartmouth on Oct. 28. The Tigers fell to Colgate (2-0), Cornell (3-1) and RPI (2-1) before defeating Union (3-0) and tying St. Lawrence in overtime (4-4). Since then, Princeton fell to Clarkson (4-0) and twice to Merrimack (1-0, 4-1). Karlie Lund leads the team with 11 points (4G, 7A).
LAST TIME AGAINST PRINCETON
The Big Green fell to the Tigers, 8-1, at Hobey Baker Rink on Oct. 28. Rombaut scored the goal late in the second to pick up her first tally of the year. Caroline Shaunessy and Noronha also ended the day with a point each by assisting on the play. Christine Honor started the game and had 14 saves in 28 minutes. She was replaced by Ropp midway through the second, who made 22 saves in 31 minutes.
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 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. 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.
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.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Quinnipiac has played well since falling to Dartmouth last month, going 4-3-2. Most recently, the Bobcats played at the Nutmeg Classic, tying Yale (3-3) and UConn (2-2) in overtime and advancing over both in shootouts to win the tournament. Kenzie Lancaster is first on the team with 14 points (4G, 10A).
LAST TIME AGAINST QUINNIPIAC
Thanks to excellent goaltending by Honor and a goal scored late in the first by Baker, the Big Green defeated the Bobcats, 1-0, at High Point Solutions on Oct. 27 to pick up their first win of the season. This was Dartmouth’s first win over Quinnipiac 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 to start the season.
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 that 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.
AND IN NET
Honor has started eight games this season. In 392 minutes, she has made 247 saves while allowing 27 goals and has an .891 save percentage and 4.13 goals against average. Ropp, who played the entire game against Holy Cross and won her first game of her career, has appeared between the pipes in four games and, in 146 minutes, has made 71 saves and allowed nine goals for an .888 save percentage and 3.69 goals against average. Dartmouth’s third goalie, Kayla Wormsbecher, has not yet seen any playing time.
Live stats for this weekend’s games can be found on dartmouthsports.com. Fans can purchase a subscription to the ILNto watch. For live updates throughout the games, follow the team’s official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
The Big Green will host Harvard on Wednesday, Dec. 6. After that, Dartmouth will have another three weeks with no games, returning on New Year’s Eve to host UConn.