Dartmouth women’s hockey will play a pair of ECAC Hockey games this weekend, hosting Yale on Friday and Brown the following afternoon. Both contests will be on the Ivy League Network (ILN), while the game against the Bears will also be available on ESPN3.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green opened their nine-game homestand last weekend with a pair of non-conference tilts against Maine, ending up with a 1-1 record.
Hailey Noronha also ended the day with a point after assisting on Huett’s goal. She has a team-leading four helpers in four games. In net, Christine Honor played all 60 minutes, making 37 saves while earning her second shutout in the last two weekends.
After over 30 minutes of scoreless play, Huett broke the tie and got Dartmouth on the board with her first career goal at 13:42 of the second period. Linda Essery wrapped around the net, but her shot was blocked by a Black Bear. The puck was knocked around a little and sent back to Noronha at the blue line, who found Huett in the mess of players in the crease. The sophomore tipped the puck into the left corner to give the Big Green a one-goal advantage.
At 4:06 of the third, Dartmouth was back for another. An interception put the puck on Lopez’s stick, but her first backhanded shot was easily saved by Jackson. Picking up her own rebound, Lopez blindly backhanded the puck a second time, this time hitting the mark and finding the right of the net that goalie Carly Jackson had left open.
With just over a minute to go in the third and with Honor out of the net, the puck was sent directly to a Black Bear, who fired at the empty goal. Caroline Shaunessy acted quickly, making the save to keep Maine off the board. With 11 seconds remaining, Landers made it 3-0 with her empty netter.
Noronha ended up with two points, while Lopez and Shaunessy both had one in Dartmouth’s 7-2 loss to the Black Bears on Sunday.
Honor started in net and had 14 saves. Shannon Ropp made her way into the game to start the third and had 10 saves.
Five goals were scored in a seven-minute span to start the first period, which is two more than were scored in the entire game on Saturday. Black Bear tallies at 2:32 and 3:14 gave Maine a 2-0 advantage, but an unassisted marker by Noronha at 6:49 got the Big Green back within one. She intercepted a cross intended for a Black Bear, firing a rocket to the right of Loryn Porter in net. Maine responded with two more at 7:06 and 10:02 to make it 4-1. The rest of the period was relatively quiet compared to the start, and Maine remained three ahead going into the intermission.
Dartmouth had a handful of opportunities for another goal in the second, such as a hit post by Bailee Brekke and a breakaway chance by Morgan Turner, but it was Maine that struck twice, once early and once late in the period, to give the Bears a 6-1 advantage.
Early in the third and thirty-three seconds into the power play, Lopez netted her second marker of the weekend, tipping the puck to the right of Porter. The play started at the blue line, with assists going to Noronha and Shaunessy. The Black Bears added one more late in the third to end the game.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale enters the weekend with an overall record of 1-4-1 and is winless in ECAC Hockey play with an 0-3-1 mark. The Bulldogs’ last win was a 3-1 victory over RIT on Oct. 20 and, since then, they have also fallen to RIT (2-1), Union (3-1), Clarkson (4-0) and St. Lawrence (3-2), while tying RPI (2-2).
LAST TIME AGAINST YALE
The Big Green went 1-1 against the Bulldogs in 2016-17. After a 3-0 loss in New Haven, Dartmouth rebounded to take down Yale, 4-1, on Senior Night. Kennedy Ottenbreit ended her career by scoring her second collegiate hat trick. Every senior who dressed ended their final game with at least one point. In addition, Turner scored the final goal, and Sydney Hill and Noronha picked up a point by assisting on Ottenbreit’s second marker. Robyn Chemago was a force in net, coming away with 29 saves.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown has struggled in 2017-18 and is currently winless with records of 0-6-0 and 0-4-0. Two of the Bears’ games have ended in double-digit markers for the opponent (11-0 loss to Robert Morris, 11-1 loss to Clarkson).
LAST TIME AGAINST BROWN
The Big Green dropped both of their games to the Bears last season. In its penultimate game of the 2016-17 season, Dartmouth had a 5-2 loss to Brown. Ottenbreit and Brekke ended the night two points apiece from a goal and an assist. Mackenzie St. Onge and Noronha also picked up a helper each.
AND IN NET…
Honor has appeared in and started all six games so far this season. In 273 minutes, she has made 175 saves while allowing 19 goals for a .902 save percentage and 4.17 goals against average. She currently has two shutouts against Quinnipiac and Maine, which were the first shutouts of her career. Ropp has played in three games and in 86 minutes, has made 51 saves and allowed six goals for an .895 save percentage and 4.18 goals against average. Dartmouth’s other goalie, Kayla Wormsbecher, has not yet seen any playing time.
ANOTHER NEW FACE
Pat Doherty was recently added to the staff as a volunteer assistant coach. A 2015 St. Lawrence graduate, Doherty played under interim head coach Joe Marsh during his four years in Canton. As a senior, the Hanover native scored in 19 of his 37 games and was tied for fourth on the all-time SLU shorthanded goals list with six.
Live stats for this weekend’s games can be found on dartmouthsports.com. Fans can purchase a subscription to the ILN to watch both contests. The game against Brown can also be found on ESPN3. For live updates throughout the weekend, follow the team’s official twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
After Saturday, the Big Green will have almost two weeks away from the ice, returning the day after Thanksgiving to host Holy Cross.