By: Charlotte Brackett
HANOVER, N.H. – A pair of goals scored in each of the first two periods lifted the Dartmouth women’s hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Brown at Thompson Arena on Friday evening.
Eight different players combined for 14 points, being led by junior Christina Rombaut and freshman Lotti Odnoga with a trio of points each. This is the first time in either of their careers that they have had a three-point performance. Senior Christine Honor had a good game and ended up with 33 saves (.943 save percentage).
This is both Dartmouth’s first five-goal game since a 5-0 victory over Brown on Feb. 6, 2016 and its first win of 2019.
“I thought we moved the puck well tonight,” head coach Laura Schuler said. “It was nice to be able to get some goals behind us, especially right at the start. It was great to see our power play get a couple goals. Brown came on strong in the second and third and Honor came up big for us and made some key saves that kept our momentum rolling.”
Dartmouth’s (3-17-1, 2-12-0) second shot of the game – the first being a hit post by Baker – resulted in a goal just 25 seconds into the first period. After intercepting a Brown (5-14-2, 2-10-2) pass, Odnoga cleared the puck out of the zone and Baker found Rombaut, who sent the puck into the right of the net before goalie Calla Isaac could react.
At 8:48, Odnoga made it 2-0. With over a minute remaining on the power play, the rookie’s shot from the left circle went through the netminder’s legs and into the cage. Bracken and Puddifant assisted on the goal. Later on in the period, Bracken had a good chance, but hit the pipe.
The Bears got one back a minute into the second period, finding the back of the net three seconds after their first power-play opportunity had ended. After a slow start, Dartmouth found its stride and scored two goals in less than 90 seconds. At 16:01, Costa scored her first goal since Nov. 30 (assisted by Billing and Brekke) while Baker got one of her own at 17:18, with the assist going to Rombaut.
Brown netted its second at 2:20 of the third with 14 seconds remaining with two extra players. Having led the team with seven shots, Bracken’s perseverance paid off when she scored her first goal since November, a power-play tally assisted by Rombaut and Odnoga, to give Dartmouth a 5-2 advantage that it would hold on to until the end of the game.
The Big Green will host Yale at 3 p.m. on Saturday.