TROY, N.Y. – Thanks to a goal late in the third by freshman Linda Essery, Dartmouth women’s hockey tied Rensselaer, 3-3, at the Houston Field House on Saturday. Playing their first overtime game of the season, the Big Green are now 4-10-1 and 2-7-1, while the Engineers move to 7-10-5 and 4-4-2.
Junior Alyssa Baker and sophomore Christina Rombaut led the team with two points apiece, while freshmen Essery, Jennifer Costa and Megan Cornell, and seniors Hailey Noronha and Morgan Turner all had a point. Junior netminder Christine Honor had a great game and ended up with 42 saves and a .933 save percentage.
“I am really proud of our effort tonight,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “Right from the get-go, the pace of this game was almost double last night. The kids did a great job right from the start, moving the puck well, particularly on breakouts. Defense really moved their feet, we had great energy and good communication. Overall, that was a great effort.
“We fell behind a little, but no one quit. Marsh continued. “We stayed with the process and had a great goal from Linda to tie. We did a fabulous job in overtime and had some big chances. RPI is a good team with a great goalie, and I couldn’t be prouder of effort. Three points on the road this time of year is huge and gives us a lot to build on.”
The first period was filled with aggressive, back-and-forth action, but not many true scoring opportunities. RPI’s best chances came in the 17th minute, when the Engineers got five straight shots off. Good defense and four quick saves by Honor kept the puck out of the net and the game tied at 0-0.
After almost half an hour of scoreless play, Dartmouth broke through first. At 7:57, just 18 seconds into the power play, Noronha’s shot from the blue line was redirected into the left corner of the net by Baker to put the Green up, 1-0. It became a two-goal game at 14:38 when Baker swung around the net and passed to Cornell waiting in the crease, sending it over Lovisa Selander’s left shoulder. Twenty-two seconds later, the Engineers got one back to make it a slightly closer game (2-1).
RPI controlled the start of the third period, tying the game up at 3:55 and taking the lead for the first time at 8:32. At 16:51, Essery netted her second tally of the season, taking advantage of Selander losing sight of the puck and shooting to the left while the goalie covered her right. Little happened in the remaining three minutes and the teams headed to overtime.
Both teams had a few opportunities to end things early during the five-minute overtime period, but Honor and Selander were on their game and denied everything that was sent their way. The Big Green outshot the Engineers, 3-2, in the extra period.
Dartmouth will return to the Empire State next weekend to take on Cornell and Colgate in more ECAC Hockey play.