Harvard Scores Late in the Third to Defeat Dartmouth

Courtesy: Faith Rotich
Courtesy: Faith Rotich

HANOVER, N.H. – A Crimson goal netted late in the third period broke the scoreless tie and lifted Harvard over the Dartmouth women’s hockey team, 1-0, at Thompson Arena on Wednesday evening.

The Big Green, who played a great game, dipped to 3-9-0 and 1-7-0 in ECAC Hockey play, while the Crimson improved to 7-4-1 and 5-2-1. 

Junior netminder Christine Honor had a strong performance, ending the night with 31 saves. Junior Tess Bracken led Dartmouth’s attack on Harvard goalie Beth Larcom with eight shots. 

“It was a little bit of a replay of the last game,” interim head coach Joe Marsh said. “That was a fabulous game from start to finish. I sound like a broken record, but I’m very proud of the efforts since Thanksgiving. There were lots of good components to the game. We focused. We worked hard. We just need to find ways to finish it up. The kids made adjustments on the fly. They self-started and once they got the engine going, they were able to sustain it. 

“I absolutely love this team,” Marsh continued. “The lessons the kids are learning are valuable. This young team is working really hard and their grit is incredible. The team is definitely not afraid to work. I’ve coached some pretty gritty teams, but this team right here has serious grit. I’m incredibly proud and honored to be here.” 

In a slow first period that saw Dartmouth have a 6-5 shot advantage, neither Honor nor Larcom faced much trouble. The second period was livelier, with plenty of chances for both the Big Green and the Crimson, but none resulted in a goal. Senior Hailey Noronha had four shots, while sophomore Christina Rombaut blocked three of Harvard’s attempts. Dartmouth had a 21-19 shot advantage after two.

The Crimson continued to test Honor in the third to take the lead in shots, but most were easy grabs for the Mississauga, Ontario, native. It looked as if Dartmouth would be going to overtime for the first time this season, but Harvard squashed that when Val Turgeon stole the puck and find over Honor’s extended glove, breaking the scoreless tie at 13:37. Dartmouth fought, but could not get the equalizer.

Shots were close, as the Crimson outshot the Green, 32-28.

Dartmouth will take three weeks away from the ice to celebrate the holiday with their families, returning to Thompson on New Year’s Eve to host UConn and close the first half of the season.