HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women’s hockey ended 2017 and a nine-game homestand with a 5-2 loss to Connecticut at Thompson Arena on New Year’s Eve. The Big Green are now 3-10-0, while the Huskies improved to 5-7-7.
Junior Tess Bracken and freshman Linda Essery netted a goal apiece, while seniors Hailey Noronha and Morgan Turner, junior Alyssa Baker and freshman Katerina Dajia all had an assist. In net, junior Christine Honor had 32 saves in the loss.
“That was disappointing for us, especially given how we were playing before break,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “We didn’t come out like we had before. We lost a lot of battles. UConn is a great team; I’m not taking anything away from them. We lost a lot of stick battles and took some very bad, unnecessary penalties. That wasn’t our best effort, but our New Years resolution is to turn things around. 2017 did not end how we had hoped, but we are looking for better things in 2018.”
Two goals scored early in the first put UConn up, 2-0, before the seven-minute mark. Dartmouth had a number of good chances to try and get one back, such as a handful by Baker that all had to be stopped by netminder Annie Belanger, but the home team headed to the second period scoreless.
The Huskies scored again at the start of the second period, but two Big Green tallies netted in less than two minutes got Dartmouth back in the game. Bracken started things off with her 5-on-3 goal at 10:06, tipping the puck over Belanger’s right shoulder following passes by Noronha and Baker. At 11:57, a face-off win by Turner and a quick pass by Dajia resulted in Essery’s first collegiate goal. One more for UConn gave the visitors a 4-2 advantage.
After a four-goal second period, the third was a little quieter. Both goalies had some nice saves to keep it a two-goal game, but it was UConn that broke through at 12:33 to get its three-tally lead back. Honor held on for the remaining few minutes, making multiple saves.
After being at home for almost two full months, Dartmouth will hit the road for four consecutive games. On Jan. 5-6, the Big Green will be in New York to take on Union and Rensselaer for the first time this season.