Dartmouth women’s hockey is back at Thompson Arena this weekend to host No. 4 Colgate and No. 5 Cornell. This will be the Big Green’s penultimate home weekend, as just four games remain on the schedule after this.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth went 1-1 on the road last weekend, picking up an important two points against Brown before falling to Yale on Saturday.
Dartmouth at Brown
The Big Green had a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Bears on Friday, thanks to Tess Bracken’s first career hat trick.
Dartmouth came out fighting, forcing netminder Calla Isaac to be on her game right from the start. Caroline Shaunessy and Kate Landers got past the Brown defense and took the first two shots on goal seconds in setting the pace. Even though the Green had started off with a 5-0 shot advantage and were dominating play, it was the home team that scored first at the nine-minute mark. At 18:04, two seconds after completing a Brown penalty, Bracken fired to the left while the Bears’ goalie covered her right, tying things up heading to the second. Hailey Noronha and Christina Rombaut picked up a point each on the play.
After Dartmouth’s 20-6 shot advantage in the first, Brown took the lead in shots in the second (13-9) and broke the tie to get its one-goal lead back at 10:16. The Bears almost added another seconds later when the puck hit the crossbar, but it was cleared before crossing the goal line.
Christine Honor looked good in the third, making a number of big saves the keep the game as close as it was. At 13:17, Bracken intercepted a Brown pass, weaved through two defenders and, once again, tricked Isaac into going right while she fired to the left to tie the score at 2-2. At 19:15, Bracken did it again, getting the puck from Alyssa Baker, skating from left to right, and firing at Isaac. The goalie got a piece of the puck, but could not stop it from settling in the left corner.
Dartmouth at Yale
A four-goal second period led the Bulldogs to a 6-0 victory over the Green on Saturday.
Dartmouth generated a lot of chances early in the first, including a breakaway opportunity by 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. Noronha and 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, Honor made way for Shannon Ropp at the start of the third. 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.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Now second in ECAC Hockey, Colgate enters the weekend with an overall record of 23-4-1 and a conference mark of 13-3-0. This past weekend, the Raiders went 1-1 against St. Lawrence (W, 5-2) and Clarkson (L, 5-3), dropping their first game since Dec. 1. Shelby Perry leads the team with 28 points (7G, 21A).
LAST TIME AGAINST COLGATE
Baker scored an unassisted tally late in the third period in the Big Green’s 4-1 loss to the No. 4/4 Raiders on Jan. 13. Trailing by four, the junior’s power-play goal at 18:47 gave Dartmouth the goal it was looking for when the puck took a weird bounce off the goalie and landed behind her in the net.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Sitting right behind Colgate in the conference standings, Cornell has had a good second half of the season, going 5-3-1. Last weekend, the Big Red went 1-1, narrowly falling to Clarkson (4-3) before taking down St. Lawrence (4-1).
LAST TIME AGAINST CORNELL
Less than a month ago, the Big Green fell to the Big Red, 2-0, at Lynah Rink. Honor had a strong performance, making 29 saves and ending the game with a .935 save percentage. Morgan Turner and Bracken led the team offensively with three shots apiece.
AND IN NET
In 20 games, Honor has appeared between the pipes for 1,063 minutes, making 585 saves. She has a .901 save percentage and 3.61 goals against average. Ropp has played six games and started one, picking up her first career win against Holy Cross earlier this season. In 193 minutes, she has made 94 saves and has 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 games can be found on dartmouthsports.com, while fans can purchase a subscription to the Ivy League Network (ILN) to watch both games. Live updates throughout the weekend will be on the team’s official Twitter: @Dartmouth_WIH.
NEXT UP FOR DARTMOUTH
The Big Green will play at Thompson one last time in 2017-18, hosting Rensselaer and Union next weekend. Dartmouth’s three seniors (Noronha, Turner and Brooke Ahbe) will be honored after the game against the Dutchwomen.