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Dartmouth (3-9-0) vs. UConn (4-7-7)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 31
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
All-Time Series: Dartmouth leads, 12-3-3
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After three weeks away from the ice, Dartmouth women’s hockey will return to Thompson Arena on New Year’s Eve to close the first half of the season and play its final game of 2017. The game against the Huskies will also close the Big Green’s record nine-game homestand that had started on Nov. 4.

Dartmouth hosted travel partner Harvard on Wednesday, Dec. 6, in its last hurrah before Christmas break, dropping a very close 1-0 game to the Crimson.

Netminder Christine Honor had a strong performance, ending the night with 31 saves. Tess Bracken led the Green’s attack on Harvard goalie Beth Larcom with eight shots.

“It was a little bit of a replay of the last game,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “That was a fabulous game from start to finish. I sound like a broken record, but I’m very proud of the efforts since Thanksgiving. There were lots of good components to the game. We focused. We worked hard. We just need to find ways to finish it up. The kids made adjustments on the fly. They self-started and once they got the engine going, they were able to sustain it.

“I absolutely love this team,” Marsh continued. “The lessons the kids are learning are valuable. This young team is working really hard and their grit is incredible. The team is definitely not afraid to work. I’ve coached some pretty gritty teams, but this team right here has serious grit. I’m incredibly proud and honored to be here.” 

In a slow first period that saw Dartmouth have a 6-5 shot advantage, neither Honor nor Larcom faced much trouble. The second period was livelier, with plenty of chances for both the Big Green and the Crimson, but none resulted in a goal. Senior Hailey Noronha had four shots, while sophomore Christina Rombaut blocked three of Harvard’s attempts. Dartmouth had a 21-19 shot advantage after two.

The Crimson continued to test Honor in the third to take the lead in shots, but most were easy grabs for the Mississauga, Ontario, native. It looked as if Dartmouth would be going to overtime for the first time this season, but Harvard squashed that when Val Turgeon stole the puck and fired over Honor’s extended glove, breaking the scoreless tie at 13:37. Dartmouth fought, but could not get the equalizer.

UConn enters Sunday’s game with a record of 4-7-7. Exactly half of the Huskies’ 18 games have gone to overtime, and all but two of those nine ended in a tie. UConn comes to Hanover on a two-game losing streak, falling to UNH (3-0) and Providence. The Huskies have not won a game since Nov. 3, when they had a 4-1 victory over RPI. Since then, UConn has gone 0-4-6. 

The last time the teams met was on Jan. 2, 2011 at Thompson Arena, when the Big Green defeated the Huskies, 5-0. Lindsay Holdcroft got her first career shut out, while Reagan Fischer led the team with four points.

Honor has appeared in and started 11 of the team’s games so far this season. In almost 570 minutes, she has made 337 saves while allowing 33 goals and has a .911 save percentage and 3.47 goals against average. Shannon Ropp has played in four games and started one and, in 146 minutes, has made 71 saves while allowing nine goals and has a .888 save percentage and 3.69 goals against average. She picked up her first win of her career in the 4-3 win over Holy Cross. Dartmouth’s third netminder, Kayla Wormsbecher, has not yet seen any playing time.

Live stats for the game against the Huskies can be found on Fans can purchase a subscription to the Ivy League Network (ILN) or can listen on 94.5 ESPN Radio. For live updates throughout the game, follow the team’s official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.

For the first time since Oct. 28, the Big Green will hit the road to play four games away from Thompson. First up will be Union and Rensselaer on Jan. 5-6.