The Dartmouth women’s hockey team will close the 2016-17 season at home this weekend, hosting Yale on Friday and Brown on Senior Day the following afternoon. After the game against the Bears, the Big Green’s seven seniors will be honored, as they will have played at Thompson Arena for the last time.
LAST TIME OUT
Last weekend, Dartmouth played its final road games of the year, shutting out RPI (4-0) before falling to Union (2-1).
Dartmouth vs. RPI
Eleni Tebano had her first-ever three-point performance, helping the Big Green defeat the Engineers, 4-0, at the Houston Field House.
Tebano netted Dartmouth’s first and third markers, while assisting on Christina Rombaut’s goal in the second period. Seven other Big Green players ended the evening with a point. Netminder Robyn Chemago had a great game, ending the night with 32 saves.
RPI controlled the opening minutes of the game, sporting a 3-0 shot advantage before long. Dartmouth soon turned things around and dominated the middle half of the period, not allowing a single shot by the Engineers for 10 minutes. The Big Green put the perfect play together to get one on the board: with the puck behind RPI’s net, Lopez cleared it to Emma Korbs at the blue line, who tapped it to Tebano to her left. A slapper by the alternate captain flew over netminder Lovisa Selander’s left shoulder to make it a 1-0 game at 18:28.
Late in the second, Dartmouth survived almost two full minutes of 5-on-3 play to keep the score 1-0. The Big Green were rewarded a few minutes later when Rombaut scored her first marker of the second half of the season at 17:17.
Dartmouth was not done just yet. At 5:32 of the third, Tess Bracken’s shot was saved by Selander, but rebounded directly to Tebano, who flicked the puck into the left corner. For good measure, Mackenzie St. Onge added an empty netter at 16:09, scoring her second goal of the year. Hailey Noronha picked up her first point of the season on the play.
The Big Green were 100 percent on the power kill, thwarting the Engineers on each of the five power play opportunities.
Dartmouth vs. Union
A goal scored with just over a minute remaining in the third period broke a tie that had lasted through 40 minutes, lifting Union over Dartmouth at Messa Rink by a score of 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Hailey Noronha netted Dartmouth’s lone goal late in the first, scoring her first tally of the season. She ended her weekend with two points, after picking up her first helper against Rensselaer the night before. Mackenzie St. Onge and Emma Korbs earned the assists. They, too, had a two-point weekend. In net, Chemago had 21 saves, keeping the Big Green in the game with many big stops.
Union took an early lead a mere 52 seconds in when Cheyenne Harris’ first shot was saved by Chemago, but the rebound was sent right back to Harris, who took advantage of the Dartmouth goalie covering her left post and shot to the right. At 18:08, thirty seconds into the power play, Noronha picked up her second goal of her career and Dartmouth’s first power play tally since early January to tie the score at one-all. Through the first 20 minutes, the Big Green outshot the Dutchwomen, 23-9, the most the Big Green have taken in a single period since Dec. 8, 2012, when they had a 27-shot second period against Maine.
After seeing a combined 32 shots in the first period, just 12 were taken in the second, with Union sporting the 7-5 edge. There were a number of close calls, including Haley Shugart hitting the crossbar, but the game was still tied heading into the third.
At 13:35 of the third, it looked as if Devon Moir had broken the tie, but the goal was waved off and the scored remained 1-1 with time slowly running out. It turned out to be the Dutchwomen that broke the stalemate when Alli Devins scored the game winner at 18:54, just 17 seconds into the power play. The Big Green used one more burst of offensive energy, but could not get past Kate Spooner in net.
The Bears enter the weekend with an overall record of 5-22-0 and 3-17-0 in ECAC Hockey play and are on a six-game losing streak, having not picked up a win since the 1-0 victory over the Big Green last month. Statistically, Sam Donovan leads the team in all three categories with nine goals, 10 assists and 19 points.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE BEARS
Dartmouth fell to Brown, 1-0, at Meehan Auditorium on Jan. 21. Lopez, Alyssa Baker and Kate Landers all had promising chances at getting the Big Green on the board, but the Bears’ netminder Monica Elvin was on point and turn away all of them.
The Bulldogs are 10-13-4 and 8-10-2 before their game against the Crimson on Friday. Last weekend, Yale tied Cornell, 2-2, before falling to Colgate, 3-1, the next day. Eden Murray and Krista Yip-Chuck share the team-lead with the same exact stats: eight goals, 18 assists and 26 points.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
Facing each other for the first time this season, Dartmouth fell to Yale by a score of 3-0 at Ingalls Rink on Jan. 20. Bracken led the charge with her five shots on goal, while Lopez had three. In net, Robyn Chemago had 29 saves and had a .935 save percentage.
AND IN NET…
Chemago played both games over the weekend, making 32 saves against RPI (earning her second shutout of the year and the eighth of her career) and 21 against Union the next day. So far this season, she has played 1253 minutes, has made 695 saves and allowed 49 goals, has a .929 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average. In five games this season, Christie Honor has played 292 minutes, has allowed 13 goals while making139 saves, and has a .914 save percentage and 2.67 goals against average. Dartmouth’s other goaltender, Shannon Ropp, has not appeared in a regular-season game, but had a strong performance in the exhibition contest against McGill.
Every home game (and Ivy League road contests) can be watched on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) with a subscription. For the second year in a row, Rob Kennedy will be back on the call for home contests. Select games will be broadcast on ESPN 94.5 FM, as well as online at 945espn.com.
Live stats for this weekend’s games can be found on DartmouthSports.com, while subscribers to the ILDN can watch both contests on there. For live updates throughout the contest, follow the team’s official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
Ending their careers and playing at Thompson for the last time this weekend will be Dartmouth’s seven seniors: Robyn Chemago, Emma Korbs, Devon Moir, Kennedy Ottenbreit, Katy Ratty, Mackenzie St. Onge and Eleni Tebano.
*Record before Friday’s game at Harvard