PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Dartmouth women’s hockey had a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Brown on Friday evening, thanks to junior Tess Bracken’s first career hat trick. The Big Green improved to 5-14-1 overall and 3-11-1 in ECAC Hockey play, while the Bears fell to 2-2--0 and 1-14-0.
“The most obvious note about tonight was Tess’ hat trick,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “That was huge. She’s a very skilled kid. We had a great first. We were winning a lot of battles, we had a great jump and had some good opportunities to put a couple in. I give Brown a lot of credit. They played a heck of a second and third and it was anybody’s game from there. They put us back on our heels a bit and we had to reset because some things got away from us.
“Every game, I stress that it’s like a playoff game,” Marsh continued. “Hopefully, it’s going to make them better. That’s my goal, to help them get better. I think it was a big win for us. Being down after two and being able to come back and win is a huge psychological boost. One thing we’ve talked about is how little things tend to lead to bigger things. On the tying goal, there was a great effort by Rombaut and Turner. Those are the things I want the players to recognize, that everyone can contribute, even if it doesn’t end up in the back of the net. Players and coaches alike, we have to inspire one another at every moment. Hockey has a way of not being cheated and because of the speed and intensity, we have to do the little things to be successful.”
Dartmouth came out fighting, forcing netminder Calla Isaac to be on her game right from the start. Juniors Caroline Shaunessy and Kate Landers got past the Brown defense and took the first two shots on goal seconds in setting the pace. Even though the Green had started off with a 5-0 shot advantage and were dominating play, it was the home team that scored first at the nine-minute mark. At 18:04, two seconds after completing a Brown penalty, Bracken fired to the left while the Bears’ goalie covered her right, tying things up heading to the second. Senior Hailey Noronha and sophomore Christina Rombaut picked up a point each on the play.
After Dartmouth’s 20-6 shot advantage in the first, Brown took the lead in shots in the second (13-9) and broke the tie to get its one-goal lead back at 10:16. The Bears almost added another seconds later when the puck hit the crossbar, but it was cleared before crossing the goal line.
Junior netminder Christine Honor looked good in the third, making a number of big saves the keep the game as close as it was. At 13:17, Bracken intercepted a Brown pass, weaved through two defenders and, once again, tricked Isaac into going right while she fired to the left to tie the score at 2-2. At 19:15, Bracken did it again, getting the puck from classmate Alyssa Baker, skating from left to right, and firing at Isaac. The goalie got a piece of the puck, but could not stop it from settling in the left corner.
Dartmouth outshot Brown, 39-28. Honor had 26 saves and picked up her fourth win of the season.
The Big Green will be back on Saturday to take on Yale at 3 p.m.