Dartmouth puts up a fight in loss to No. 6 Clarkson

Dartmouth puts up a fight in loss to No. 6 Clarkson

POTSDAM, N.Y. – Dartmouth women's hockey got on the board first, but ultimately fell to No. 5 Clarkson, 4-2, at Cheel Arena on Saturday afternoon.
 
Juniors Christina Rombaut and Bailee Brekke were credited with the goals. The rookies had a great game, as Chloe PuddifantLotti OdnogaGabby Billing and Sara McClanahan all ended up with an assist. In net, senior Christine Honor had another good game with her 30 saves.
 
After a slow start for both teams, Dartmouth (3-17-1, 2-12-0) soon found its stride and took a number of quality shots early on that were all saved by Golden Knight goalie Kassidy Sauve. That perseverance paid off though, as Rombaut's snipe at the top of the crease got the visitors on the board at 7:20, with assists going to Puddifant and Odnoga. This is the first time Dartmouth has scored first against Clarkson (20-5-1, 11-3-0) since 2015.
 
The Green enjoyed a one-goal lead until Golden Knight power play goals at 16:44 and 19:57 gave the home team the lead.
 
Less than a minute into the second period, Clarkson scored another goal to make it a 3-1 game. That two-goal lead did not last long, as Brekke's second tally of the season with less than 45 seconds to go with the extra player got Dartmouth back within one 2:36 into the third. Billing and McClanahan assisted on the play. It looked as if the Green had tied things up before the midway point of the third, but the goal was waved off.
 
A few minutes later, the Golden Knights got their two-goal edge back, a lead they would hold on to for the remainder of the game.
 
Having trailed in shots during the first two periods, Dartmouth came alive in the third to outshoot Clarkson, 18-10. The teams ended up tied with 34 shots apiece. This is the first time the Green have not trailed in shots against the Golden Knights since Jan. 26, 2013, a game which saw the teams even once again with 22 shots each.
 
On Feb. 1-2, Dartmouth will be back at home, this time to host Brown and Yale for the first time this season. This will be the Big Green's penultimate home weekend, the last being two weeks later.