Dartmouth women’s hockey will end its season on the road, taking on No. 2 Clarkson on Friday and No. 8 St. Lawrence the following afternoon.
LAST TIME OUT
For the first time in program history, Dartmouth ended up with two ties in a single weekend, going 1-1 against RPI and 2-2 against Union. Fun fact: the last time a Big Green hockey team had two ties in a weekend was when the men played Union and RPI on Feb. 8-9, 2008.
Dartmouth vs. RPI
Tess Bracken netted her eighth goal of the season in the 1-1 tie against Rensselaer on Friday. Megan Cornell and Sabrina Huett both picked up their first assists of the year on the play.
RPI almost got on the board early in the first when Christine Honor made a save, but lost track of the puck and found it sitting behind her just inches off the goal line. She acted quickly and got a stick on it, while Bailee Brekke did a great job clearing it. With under 20 seconds to go, Bracken’s shot from a tough angle sailed over Lovisa Selander and hit the inside of the right pipe, but was waved off by officials and the game remained scoreless heading to the second.
There were another couple close calls for both teams to start the second period, including a hit post by Linda Essery, but it was Bracken that broke the tie at 8:10. Cornell’s shot from the blue line found Huett in the crease and Bracken finished it off, but the lead did not last long, as RPI tied it up exactly three minutes later.
Dartmouth had a minute of 5-on-3 hockey to start the third and try to break the tie, but RPI managed to kill off both penalties. Both the Big Green and the Engineers played aggressively, but the goalies had some great saves, sending the game to overtime. RPI had a 5-1 shot advantage in OT, but Honor stopped all five of those to ensure that the game would end in a tie.
Dartmouth vs. Union
For the second game in a row, the Green went to overtime, tying Union, 2-2, on Senior Day on Saturday. Alyssa Baker scored Dartmouth’s first goal and Hailey Noronha netted the second. Bracken, Kate Landers and Essery all had a point from an assist. Along with Noronha, fellow seniors Morgan Turner and Brooke Ahbe – who has not donned her green and white jersey since last season – started their final game at Thompson.
Dartmouth had a number of good chances early in the first, but it was Union that (seemingly) scored first at the 14-minute mark. After extended review, though, the goal was waved off and it went back to a scoreless game. The Big Green outshot the Dutchwomen, 10-8, in the fairly quiet first period.
Union was unlucky in the penalty department to start the second, giving Dartmouth 30 seconds of 5-on-3 play. Christina Rombaut had a good opportunity to get the Green on the board following a nice feed from Bracken, but her shot went wide. The Dutchwomen scored at 7:21 to take a 1-0 lead, but Baker’s tip in front of the net at 13:12 tied things at one-apiece.
Jennifer Costa had a great shot to start the third and when it was saved by goalie Coco Francis, Turner tried her luck with a snipe of a rebound, but Francis got to that one too. Union capitalized on two coinciding Dartmouth penalties and scored its second at 3:11, but the Big Green answered less than two minutes later. Bracken returned to the ice and immediately stole the puck, taking a chance and being denied by Francis. Noronha got the rebound and made it a 2-2 game. Honor had some great saves in the final minutes of the third to keep the game tied.
For the second time this weekend, great saves by both goalies denied the game winner in regulation, so the teams went to overtime. Union had an 8-4 shot advantage, but Honor had some tough stops to ensure the Dutchwomen stayed out of the net.
ECAC HOCKEY GOALIE OF THE WEEK
For the first time in her career, Honor was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week.
She had a great weekend in net, helping the Big Green pick up two points in the ties against Rensselaer (1-1) and Union (2-2). For the first time ever, she had over 40 saves in back-to-back games, stopping 42 against the Engineers and 46 versus the Dutchwomen. Through 129 minutes, the junior made 88 saves while allowing just three goals for a .967 save percentage and 1.39 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Clarkson was on a 15-game winning streak (the longest streak in NCAA women’s hockey) and had recently knocked Wisconsin off as the number one team in the country when Princeton shutout the Bobcats, 2-0, and sent the Golden Knights back to No. 2 in the national rankings. The day after the loss, Clarkson defeated Quinnipiac, 2-0. Tied for first on the team and third in the nation are Loren Gabel (28G, 30A) and Elizabeth Giguere (22G, 36A).
LAST TIME AGAINST CLARKSON
Rombaut scored her third of the season in the 8-1 loss to the Golden Knights on Jan. 20.
Clarkson came out strong, but 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 a 6-1 game.
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 SAINTS
St. Lawrence has had a good month, going 3-0-1 against conference opponents. Last weekend, the Saints tied Quinnipiac, 1-1, before taking down Princeton, 3-2, in overtime. Kennedy Marchment is first on the team with 35 points (15G, 20A).
LAST TIME AGAINST ST. LAWRENCE
On Jan. 19, the Big Green fell to the Saints, 4-0, at Thompson.
The first period started slowly, with neither team being able to get past the other’s defense to take a shot in the first six minutes. Rombaut and 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.gh
Dartmouth’s first real opportunity to get one back came halfway through the second when Huett and Essery perfectly set up 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. Bracken, Baker, Landers and Noronha all took a chance in the crease and all were stopped by Shelly, who had since 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 last whistle.
2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
Head coach Laura Schuler, Laura Stacey ’16 and the rest of Team Canada are doing well over in Pyeongchang, going 3-0 in preliminary games following a 5-0 win over Olympic Athletes from Russia, a 4-1 defeat of Finland and a close 2-1 victory against the United States. Semifinal games will be played on Sunday and Monday.
AND IN NET
Honor has started and played in all but one of the team’s 25 games this season. In 1311 minutes, she has made 750 saves and allowed 75 goals for a .909 save percentage and 3.43 goals against average. Ropp has played in six games, making 94 saves and allowing 12 goals for an .887 save percentage and 3.72 goals against average. Dartmouth’s third goalie, Kayla Wormsbecher, has not yet seen any playing time.
Live stats for the season-closing games can be found on dartmouthsports.com. Both Clarkson and St. Lawrence will provide live feeds of the contests. For in-game updates, follow the team’s official twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.