NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A four-goal second period led Yale to a 6-0 victory over Dartmouth at Ingalls Rink on Saturday. The Big Green dipped to 5-15-1 overall and 3-12-1, while the Bulldogs improved to 9-10-4 and 7-7-2.
“It was pretty competitive in the first period,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “We had some good opportunities. It was a solid first period. Yale is a good team. They got a jump on our mistakes to make it 3-0 and psychologically, that was hard for us. We were back on our heels and they capitalized. It was a one-sided game after that. We tried to reset for the third and it was basically a scoreless period except for the empty netter. For the most part, we played ok. We didn’t quit. We have six more games. We need to make the most of it.”
Dartmouth generated a lot of chances early in the first, including a breakaway opportunity by freshman Jennifer Costa, but none made it past the Bulldogs’ goalie. After spending a few minutes in Yale territory, the home team cleared the puck and soon got on the board to take a 1-0 lead heading to the second period.
Bulldog goals scored at 7:25 and 8:00 of the second gave Yale a 3-0 advantage. Senior Hailey Noronha and sophomore Christina Rombaut both had good looks, but neither found the back of the net. Yale scored twice more before the end of the period (5-0).
After playing the first two periods, junior netminder Christine Honor made way for classmate Shannon Ropp at the start of the third. Junior Tess Bracken – fresh off a hat trick against Brown – looked to get one back, but her shot was saved and narrowly bounced over the crossbar, landing on top of the net. An empty netter made it a 6-0 game. Ropp had some great saves near the end and concluded the game with seven while not allowing a goal.
Dartmouth will be back at Thompson for four contests in a row, its final home games of the season. First up will be Colgate and Cornell, followed by RPI and Union the following weekend.