Dartmouth Falls to Harvard in First Game of the Season

HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women’s hockey dropped its ECAC Hockey opener to Harvard, 5-1, at Thompson Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Big Green fell to 0-2-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in conference play, while the Crimson kicked off 2016-17 with a 1-0-0 mark.

Sophomore Tess Bracken scored Dartmouth’s first goal of the season and just the second tally of her career halfway through the second period. Freshman Bailee Brekke also ended the day with a point by assisting on the marker.

Penalties were the name of the game, as each team committed nine, six of which occurred in the third period.

"I thought we had a good first period," head coach Laura Schuler said. "We just have to find a way to play a solid 60 minutes of hockey. Harvard has some good players and their top player was on fire tonight. We need to do a better job of playing with intensity throughout the entire game so we can slow down the other team's top guns, and we didn't do that today. We have to be able to find a way."

After a scoreless first period that saw Dartmouth have a 10-4 shot advantage, both teams found their stride in the second to score a combined three goals. Harvard got on the board first with a Sydney Daniels power-play marker at 3:50, getting the puck from Haley Mullins just outside the crease and pocketing it in the left corner of the net.

At 9:46, Brekke’s shot from the right circle was saved by Brianna Laing, but unfortunately for the Crimson goaltender, the puck bounced to the left of the crease and was sent behind Laing’s left leg by Bracken to tie the score at one-all. Less than three minutes later, Lexie Laing scored the eventual game-winner, receiving the puck from her sister in net and skating freely down the right side to send it into the left corner of the cage. 

Three more goals were scored in the third, but all were netted by Harvard. Val Turgeon made it 3-1 at 9:34, while Daniels completed her hat trick with markers scored at 13:17 and 16:09, giving the Crimson a 5-1 edge that would last until the final whistle.

Senior Robyn Chemago ended up with 25 saves in the loss, while Laing picked up her first win of the season while stopping 28 shots. Bracken and senior Kennedy Ottenbreit led the charge with six shots on goal apiece.

The Big Green will head to St. Lawrence and Clarkson this coming weekend for their first road trip of the year.