HAPPY NEW YEAR
Dartmouth women’s hockey will open 2018 on the road, traveling to New York to face Union and RPI on Jan. 5-6. This is the first time the Big Green has played either team this season.
LAST TIME OUT
On New Year’s Eve, Dartmouth ended the year and a nine-game homestand with a 5-2 loss to Connecticut at Thompson Arena. Tess Bracken and Linda Essery netted a goal apiece, while Hailey Noronha, Morgan Turner, Alyssa Baker and Katerina Dajia all had an assist. In net, Christine Honor had 32 saves in the loss.
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.
SCOUTING THE DUTCHWOMEN
Union, which has been away from the ice since Dec. 16, enters the weekend with an overall record of 5-12-3 and are 3-5-0 in ECAC Hockey play. Before break, the Dutchwomen were four games into a six-contest homestand, going 1-2-1 during that time. Four players have made it to double-digit points and are led by Cheyenne Harris with 13 (2G, 11A).
LAST TIME AGAINST UNION
The Big Green went 1-1 against the Dutchwomen in 2016-17, winning by a score of 2-1 at home in January before falling by the same score in the team’s final road game of the season a month later. On Feb. 11, Noronha netted Dartmouth’s lone goal late in the first. Mackenzie St. Onge and Emma Korbs assisted.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
RPI played well during the first half of the season, opening 2018 with a 7-9-4 overall mark and 4-3-1 record in conference action. Most recently, the Engineers fell to St. Lawrence (1-0) and Clarkson (4-1) at home. Jaimie Grigbsy and Shayna Tomlinson lead the team with 13 points apiece.
LAST TIME AGAINST RPI
The Big Green swept the Engineers in 2016-17, defeating them, 2-1, in overtime at home in January before blanking them, 4-0, less than a month later. On Feb. 10, Eleni Tebano had her first-ever three-point performance, netting the Green’s first and third markers, while assisting on Christina Rombaut’s goal in the second period. Seven other Dartmouth players ended the evening with a point. Netminder Robyn Chemago had a great game, getting her eighth shutout of her career with 32 saves.
AND IN NET
Honor has started and appeared in all but one of the team’s 13 games. In 629 minutes, she has made 369 saves while allowing 38 goals, and has a .907 save percentage and 3.62 goals against average. Shannon Ropp has played in four games and got her first career start and collegiate win against Holy Cross. In 146 minutes, she has made 71 while allowing nine goals, has an .888 save percentage and 3.69 goals against average. Dartmouth’s third netminder, Kayla Wormsbecher, has not yet seen any playing time.
Live stats for both games this weekend can be found at dartmouthsports.com, while both Union and RPI will have live streams of the contests. For live updates throughout the games, follow the team’s official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
The Big Green will be back in New York next weekend, taking on Cornell and Colgate.