Team Notes: Dartmouth Hosts Final Games of 2014-15 Season

Team Notes:  Dartmouth Hosts Final Games of 2014-15 Season

Game 27 (Pink the Rink)
Friday, Feb. 20: Dartmouth (13-11-2, 9-9-2 ECAC Hockey) vs. No. 8 Clarkson (20-9-3, 14-4-2 ECAC Hockey)
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
All-Time Series: Clarkson leads, 12-10-4

Game 28 (Senior Recognition)
Saturday, Feb. 21: Dartmouth vs. St. Lawrence (18-10-4, 12-5-3 ECAC Hockey)
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
All-Time Series: Dartmouth leads 31-29-2

The Dartmouth women’s hockey team will close the regular season this coming weekend with a pair of ECAC Hockey games. The Big Green will take on No. 8 Clarkson at 7 p.m. on Friday and St. Lawrence at 4 p.m. on Saturday. This is the first time since early November that Dartmouth has played either team.

Hitting the road for the last time before the ECAC Hockey Tournament, Dartmouth traveled through New York and returned to Hanover with a record of 2-0 after defeating Colgate by a score of 5-2 on Friday and No. 10 Cornell, 3-2, on Saturday. Against Colgate, Karlee Odland and Kennedy Ottenbreit led the team with two points apiece, while nine other Dartmouth players ended the evening with a point. The visitors had a 3-1 lead heading into the third period after two goals by Odland and one by Lindsey Allen, Dartmouth solidified the win with markers scored by Devon Moir and Ottenbreit in the final stanza. The following day against Cornell, a goal by Ailish Forfar just 24 seconds into the game started things off in the Big Green’s favor. The Big Red tied the score at 8:54 and then took the lead at 14:33 off two goals from Jillian Saulnier, but Dartmouth tied things at two at 15:17 in the second with another goal by Forfar before Allen scored the game-winner at 6:28 in the final period. Robyn Chemago had a career-high 44 saves in the win. For her two goals and two assists throughout the weekend, Forfar was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week.

Clarkson, who went 1-1 last weekend, had its five-game streak cut short on Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Quinnipiac, the night after defeating Princeton by a score of 2-1. Cayley Mercer has a team-leading 20 goals (which is also good for first in the conference) and 18 assists for 38 points, which places her second in the league.

In a battle of the nationally ranked teams, No. 10 Dartmouth faced No. 7 Clarkson in the Golden Knights’ Cheel Arena on Nov. 15, falling by a score of 3-0. Mercer opened scoring at 19:16 in the first period to give the home team a 1-0 edge and it was not until the final minutes of the third period that Clarkson further increased that lead. At 16:42, Shannon MacAulay pocketed the Golden Knights’ second goal of the game and, with just 17 seconds remaining in the game, scored another to give Clarkson a 3-0 victory.

St. Lawrence had a huge 3-0 shutout of No. 5 Quinnipiac on Friday before suffering a 4-2 loss to Princeton on Saturday. Prior to their game against the Saints, the Bobcats had not been held scoreless all season. Brooke Webster and Kayla Raniwsky lead the team with 28 points. Webster has scored 15 goals and 13 assists, while Raniwsky has netted 12 and tallied 16 helpers.

Six days after defeating the Saints by a score of 5-1, Dartmouth returned to New York for a rematch on Nov. 14, dropping its first game of the 2014-15 season when it fell, 2-1. Laura Stacey scored the Green’s lone goal of the night, finding the back of the net with just 1:20 left in the third period. Both teams returned to the ice with the same aggression they showed the weekend before and, in the first eight minutes of action, a total of 21 shots were taken. Amanda Boulier opened scoring with her power play goal at 8:52 in the first, and the Saints increased their lead to two when Kennedy Marchment slipped the puck past Chemago at 15:20 in the second period. St. Lawrence remained comfortably ahead throughout the remainder of the second and the majority of the third stanza until Stacey scored her fourth of the season at 18:40 to lessen the gap. One last shot by Eleni Tebano with just seconds to go on the clock was blocked, ending the game with a Saints’ victory.

After the conclusion of Friday’s games, all eight playoff teams had been decided. Harvard remains atop the conference standings following a 3-0 week, taking down No. 1 Boston College (3-2), Cornell (4-1) and Colgate (5-0) to sit pretty with 33 points. Clarkson and Quinnipiac are tied for second with identical 14-4-2 marks and 30 points, while St. Lawrence is fourth with 27 points. As they have been for the past few weeks, Dartmouth and Yale remain tied for seventh with 20 points.

Having been with the Big Green women’s hockey team since the 2003-04 season, Mark Hudak has compiled a record of 218-121-30 as he continues through his 12th season. His accomplishments with the team include two Ivy League titles, two ECAC Tournament titles, one ECAC regular-season title, six NCAA Tournament appearances and two Frozen Four showings. On the bench, Hudak is joined by associate head coach Holley Tyng, who is in her 10th season with the team, and assistant coach Josh Liegl, who returns to the Big Green coaching staff for his third year.

The Green and White are led by captain Odland, and alternate captains Morgan Illikainen and Catherine Berghuis. This is the first time since the 2010-11 season that just one player is wearing the ‘C’.  So far in the 2014-15 season, Odland leads with nine goals and nine assists for 18 points, after scoring Dartmouth’s first two goals against Colgate on Friday. Illikainen has netted four goals and seven assists and Berghuis has two goals and seven helpers of her own.

Following a two-goal weekend, Allen returns to the top with a team-leading 18 goals and 25 points, placing her third in the conference in markers. Ottenbreit and Stacey are right behind with 24 points off 11 goals and 13 assists for Ottenbreit and nine markers and 15 helpers for Stacey

Four freshmen were added to the roster at the start of the season. The talented group consists of forwards Brooke Ahbe, Elena Horton and Morgan Turner, and defenseman Hailey Noronha. Ahbe was selected to the United States U18 National team that won silver at the U18 World Championships in Hungary this past year, while Noronha was a two-time member of the Canada U18 National Team that won gold in Budapest in March. Horton and Turner’s teams have both played at the USA National Championships. Since first donning the Green and White uniform in October, Turner has netted one goal, Horton has tallied one assist and Noronha has four helpers. Ahbe leads the group with four goals and two assists for six points.

Chemago wrapped up Dartmouth’s 2-0 weekend with a total of 67 saves, stopping 23 shots against Colgate and a career-high 44 against Cornell. After playing every minute of the Big Green’s 26 games so far this season, the sophomore has made 638 saves, allowed 65 goals, has a 2.50 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.

Playing for the last time at Thompson Arena are seniors Gianna Guarino, Morgan Illikainen, Karlee Odland and Samantha Zeiss.

Guarino has been a valuable addition to the team since joining the Big Green for the 2014-15 season. She is selfless in her desire to make her teammates better and has an outstanding passion for the game of hockey. Although her contributions may not be noticeable on the scoresheet, they are easily detected by teammates, coaches and staff members alike.

Alternate captain Illikainen has appeared in all 26 games so far this season, netting four goals and seven assists for 11 points. In the Big Green’s 5-1 victory over Northeastern on New Year’s Eve, she scored the game winner 48 seconds into the final period, giving Dartmouth its first lead of the game, which would last until the final buzzer.

Captain Odland has played in 24 games and has scored nine goals and nine assists for 18 points, which puts her fourth on the team. Against Colgate last weekend, she netted the Green’s first two goals of the game, opening scoring at 4:46 in the second and giving the lead back to Dartmouth at 13:16 after the Raiders had tied the score at one.

Zeiss has scored five goals and seven helpers for 12 points in her 25 games so far in 2014-15. In Dartmouth’s 5-1 win over Brown on Jan. 3, she led the team with two markers, netting the game winner at 6:55 in the first period and tacking on the Green’s final goal at 16:47 in the second.

The ECAC Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals will kick off on Friday, Feb. 27 at a site yet to be determined.