Nine players record a point as Dartmouth defeats Union

Nine players record a point as Dartmouth defeats Union

HANOVER, N.H. – Trailing by a goal less than a minute into the first, the Dartmouth women's hockey team turned things around to defeat Union, 4-2, at Thompson Arena on Friday.
 
The Big Green improved to 3-7-1 overall and 2-4-0 in ECAC Hockey play, while the Dutchwomen fell to 2-11-2 and remain winless in conference action with an 0-4-1 mark.
 
The win was highlighted by a shorthanded goal by freshman Sara McClanahan, a first for Dartmouth since Laura Stacey '16 netted one on Feb. 7, 2015.
 
Leading the way for the Green were freshman Gabby Billing – who had her first multi-point performance of her collegiate career with one goal and one assist – and Sydney Hill with her career-high two helpers.
 
"This was a good win for us," head coach Laura Schuler said. "I thought we played a disciplined game in terms of our systems. But, moving forward, we have to be better at staying out of the box. It was great to see Sydney back in the lineup. I thought she really impacted the game and also helped us on the scoreboard. We did a good job on the penalty kill and also saw our first shorthanded goal of the season."
 
After Union got on the board just 37 seconds into the first period, it took almost 15 minutes for Dartmouth to respond, but respond it did. Thirty seconds after getting out of the box, sophomore Jennifer Costa tipped in a pass from Hill in the crease, with the other assist going to sophomore Emily McLaughlin.
 
The game remained tied until the five-minute mark of the second. McClanahan netted her shorthanded marker with less than 30 seconds left on the penalty kill after Billing's initial shot was rebounded directly to McClanahan. Sophomore Katerina Dajia picked up her second collegiate point on the play.
 
Two minutes later, Billing was back, but this time with a goal of her own following a beautiful pass from senior Alyssa Baker. The Dutchwomen made it a one-goal game two minutes later (3-2).
 
With a close one on their hands, the Green continued to control play and pepper Kate Spooner with shot after shot in the third period. At 5:51, junior captain Christina Rombaut shot to the left while the goalie was covering her right to make it a 4-2 game. Junior Rose Falzone picked up her fourth point of the season, while Hill got her second point of the game.
 
Netminder Christine Honor looked good, making 22 saves in the win. Union's attempt on the power play was fruitless, as Dartmouth's PK unit was successful on all four of its kills.
 
The Big Green will be back in action on Saturday with a 2:30 game against Rensselaer.