Dartmouth Defeated by Quinnipiac in Friday-Night Contest

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HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women’s hockey returned to Thompson Arena for the first time in a month, falling to Quinnipiac by a score of 5-1 on Friday evening.
Sophomore Emily McLaughlin scored her second goal of the season late in the third, while senior Tess Bracken (who is now first on the team with eight points) assisted.
“I’m happy with our performance in the third period,” head coach Laura Schuler said. “I thought we played strong, and outshot and out-chanced Quinnipiac, but we have to continue to work hard. The bottom line is that we need to find a way to score. I was not happy with the second period and didn’t think our defensive zone coverage was good.
“There are things we are going to have to improve upon and be held accountable for,” Schuler continued. “We have outshot our opponents in seven of the last 10 games and we have to start believing in ourselves. We need to play tougher, stronger and grittier around both nets.”
After opening scoring early in the first, the Bobcats (6-11-3, 5-5-1) took off in the second period, netting a trio of goals to make it a 4-0 game. Junior Sydney Hill gave Dartmouth (3-11-1, 2-6-0) a great opportunity to get one back when she fired from the point, but her shot clanged off the pipe.
Senior goalie Shannon Ropp made her way into the net to start the third, making her 2018-19 debut. She had a great save soon after taking the ice, swatting the puck out of the air with her stick. After trailing in shots in the first two periods, the Green had a 15-7 shot advantage in the third. Dartmouth continued to test netminder Abbie Ives, until it finally paid off. With time winding down, Bracken picked up the rebound behind the Big Green’s net and found McLaughlin, who beat two defenders to get the home team on the board.
Dartmouth had a 31-28 shot advantage, outshooting its third consecutive opponent. Senior Christine Honor had 17 saves before making way for Ropp, who made six stops.
The Big Green will be back at 3 p.m. on Saturday when they take on No. 6 Princeton.

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