Dartmouth fights, but narrowly falls to Harvard

Dartmouth fights, but narrowly falls to Harvard

HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women's hockey was edged by Harvard, 1-0, at Thompson Arena on Friday evening.
 
The Big Green looked strong, outshooting the Crimson, 27-25. The home team was trailing in shots until the explosive third period, where Dartmouth had a 15-7 shot advantage. Senior Christine Honor looked good in net, stopping 24 shots for a .960 save percentage, while classmate Tess Bracken led the way with nine shots.
 
This is the first time the Green have outshot the Crimson since the 2015-16 season.
 
"I thought we played a really solid game tonight," head coach Laura Schuler said. "I'd say that was the best second period we've had to date. We faced a really good opponent and a really good goalie. But, at the same time, we have to find a way to be able to put the puck in the net, and that's going to be something we continue to work on."
 
With under five minutes to go in the first, Harvard (5-8-2, 4-5-1) looked as if it would take the lead when the puck bounced off Honor's extended glove and landed behind her. With the goalie down, Dartmouth (3-13-1, 2-8-0) defense worked hard to help her clear the puck and keep the game scoreless heading into the intermission.
 
After 40 minutes of scoreless play and a few close calls for both teams, Harvard scored the first goal of the game just 17 seconds into the third. Sophomore Jennifer Costa had a nice chance soon after and, although the Crimson's goalie had lost sight of the puck, the shot sailed just wide.
 
The Green turned up the aggression in the final minute, taking 12 shots while on the power play, but they were turned away each time. Dartmouth fought until the very end, but ran out of time to tie things up.
 
On Jan. 18-19, the Big Green will play their last of five consecutive home games against Cornell and Colgate.