POTSDAM, N.Y. – Dartmouth women’s hockey fell to No. 2/2 Clarkson, 4-0, at Cheel Arena on Friday evening. The Big Green dipped to 5-18-3 and 3-15-3 in ECAC Hockey play, while the Golden Knights improved to 28-4-1 and 18-3-0.
“I am very proud of their effort tonight,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “Clarkson is good enough to repeat as national champion. They are great in all areas: offense, defense, goaltending. I felt we really competed hard. We made some mistakes, and Clarkson is too good not to capitalize, but our kids battled from start to finish. They stuck to the game plan and made adjustments and really connected on passes down low. They showed poise against a great offensive team.
“Christie was great in net,” Marsh continued. “Overall, I’m very proud. Hopefully, we can carry this into tomorrow. I hope we can play loose, play hard and play for each other tomorrow just like we did tonight.”
Dartmouth defense looked good at the start of the first, blocking three shots within the first few minutes. It took over 10 minutes, but the Golden Knights found their speed, scoring at 10:21 and 14:38. Junior Tess Bracken and senior Hailey Noronha both had nice chances, but were stopped by goalie Shea Tiley.
Junior netminder Christine Honor was great in the second period, denying Clarkson at every turn to keep the score 2-0. She had 16 saves in both periods to bring her two-period total to 32.
After half an hour of scoreless play, the Golden Knights netted another at 4:13 of the third, scoring 32 seconds into the power play. The Green then found themselves with a minute and a half of 5-on-3 action and, although Bracken and sophomore Christina Rombaut both had promising opportunities, Tiley shut them down. Clarkson scored once more at 14:54 to end the game. Honor concluded the contest with 42 saves and a .913 save percentage.
Dartmouth will close out 2017-18 against No. 8 St. Lawrence on Saturday.