Dartmouth Falls to UNH in Defensive Battle

Dartmouth Falls to UNH in Defensive Battle

HANOVER, N.H. – In its penultimate game of the first half of the season, the Dartmouth women's hockey team had a 2-0 loss to New Hampshire at Thompson Arena on Friday evening. The Big Green are now 3-9-1 on the season, while the Wildcats improved to 6-9-3.
 
"I am so proud of our efforts tonight," head coach Laura Schulersaid. "We played really well and had a ton of scoring chances. We just couldn't find the back of the net. But, I think that this is the best I've seen our team play in terms of our systems and if we continue to play this way, it's only going to be a matter of time before the puck starts going in the net."
 
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening period, a first this season in Dartmouth's 12 games. The Big Green looked strong and had a number of good scoring chances, taking a 13-9 shot advantage into the second.
 
UNH broke the scoreless tie at 1:39 of the second, getting the first tally on the board just four seconds into the power play. The Wildcats went on to add another at 7:54 on a delayed penalty, giving the visitors a 2-0 advantage.
 
The Green led in shots throughout most of the third and had a few quality attempts, but goalie Kyra Smith stood her ground and sent each one away. Freshman Chloe Puddifant had a nice breakaway chance halfway through the period, while senior Alyssa Baker tried her luck with a backhanded shot, but both just missed the mark. The home team worked hard to keep the Wildcats out of the net for the remainder of the period.
 
Dartmouth had a slight advantage in shots (31-29). Senior Christine Honor had 27 saves and a .931 save percentage.
 
The Big Green will have a few weeks away from the ice, returning on Dec. 30 at Connecticut.