The 2017-18 season is rapidly winding down; Dartmouth women’s hockey will head out on its penultimate regular season road trip this weekend, taking on Brown on Friday and Yale on Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green hosted two of the best teams in ECAC Hockey this past weekend, falling to both St. Lawrence and Clarkson.
Dartmouth vs. No. 10 St. Lawrence
The Big Green dropped a 4-0 decision to the Saints at Thompson Arena on Friday evening.
The first period started slowly, with neither team being able to get by the other’s defense to take a shot in the first six minutes. Christina Rombaut and Hailey Noronha both had promising chances, but were stopped by Sonjia Shelly. The Saints’ second shot resulted in a goal at 8:27 and one more less than two minutes later gave them a 2-0 advantage.
Dartmouth’s first real opportunity to get one back came halfway through the second when Sabrina Huett and Linda Essery perfectly set up Megan Cornell, but Shelly’s right pad prevented the rookie from hitting the mark.
The Big Green had another good chance to make it a one-goal game early in the third period. Tess Bracken, Alyssa Baker, Kate Landers, and Noronha all took a chance in the crease and all were stopped by Shelly, who had fallen into the net. Having made it through 50 minutes of play with no penalties, the first one of the evening resulted in the Saints’ third tally of the game. An empty netter in the final three minutes gave St. Lawrence one more before the final whistle.
Dartmouth vs. No. 2/3 Clarkson
Rombaut netted her third of the season in the 8-1 loss to the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Clarkson came out strong, but Christine Honor was good too, making eight saves in the first seven minutes. The Golden Knights got their first at 7:29, but that was all Dartmouth allowed; Honor ended the period with 14 saves. Caroline Shaunessy gave the Green a good chance, but her shot hit the pipe.
The first period was quiet compared to the second, which saw a combined six goals scored in a 14-minute span. Clarkson scored its second at 2:48 and, less than nine minutes later, had a 5-0 advantage. A minute after the Golden Knight’s tally, Rombaut tipped in Bracken’s initial shot just 23 seconds into the power play to get the Big Green on the board, with the second assist going to Landers. Clarkson added one more to make it 6-1.
Dartmouth had a few opportunities for another goal early in the third, but were kept out of the net by goalie Shea Tiley. The Big Green defense kept Clarkson at bay until halfway through the period, when the Golden Knights added two more to wrap things up (8-1).
Shannon Ropp entered the game in the second, ending up with 16 saves in 28 minutes.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown enters the weekend with an overall record of 2-19-0 and a 1-13-0 mark in conference play. The Bears are on a seven-game losing streak, last winning on Dec. 29 against Sacred Heart (3-1). Three players have made it to double-digit points and are led by Sam Donovan and Sena Hanson, who both have 13.
LAST TIME AGAINST BROWN
On Nov. 11, the Big Green fell to the Bears, 3-2, at home. Landers ended the game with two points, while Noronha, Rombaut and Baker all had one. Honor had 23 saves while being saddled with the loss.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
With its record of 7-10-4 and 5-7-2 in ECAC Hockey action, Yale is sitting middle of the pack in the conference right now. Prior to their game against Harvard on Friday, the Bulldogs were on a two-game winning streak, taking down Brown both times (4-2, 3-0). Leading the way in points is Greta Skarzynski with 20 (11G, 9A).
LAST TIME AGAINST YALE
After being tied at one after two periods, the Bulldogs scored four goals in the third to defeat the Big Green, 5-1. Landers played well, scoring Dartmouth’s lone goal and leading the team with six shots, while Noronha and Rombaut both had four. Rombaut also assisted on Landers’ marker. In net, Honor had 22 saves.
AND IN NET
Honor has appeared between the pipes in all but one of Dartmouth’s 19 games so far in 2017-18. In almost 1,000 minutes, she has made 544 saves and allowed 57 goals for a .905 save percentage and 3.55 goals against average. Ropp has played in five games, most recently making 16 saves at the end of the game against Clarkson. In 174 minutes, she has made 87 saves and allowed 12 goals for an .879 save percentage and 4.12 goals against average. The Big Green’s third netminder, Kayla Wormsbecher, has not yet seen any playing time.
Live stats for the games this weekend can be found on dartmouthsports.com. Fans who purchase a subscription to the Ivy League Network (ILN) can watch both contests. For live updates throughout the weekend, follow the team’s official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
Four more home games remain on the schedule, and all will be played in a row. Next weekend, Colgate and Cornell come to town and, the following weekend, RPI and Union will be on tap. After that, just two road games against Clarkson and St. Lawrence are left before ending the regular season.