Women's hockey gets back on track with two home wins

by Arik Clausner | 11/24/08 4:43am

Forward Shannon Bowman '09 chipped in with two assists and six shots in the Big Green's 7-2 thrashing of Colgate on Saturday night in Thompson Arena.
by Zach Ingbretsen / The Dartmouth

With the wins, Dartmouth (7-1-1, 6-1-1 ECAC Hockey), currently ranked No. 6 in the country, will likely move up in the national standings.

Co-captain Shannon Bowman '09 praised the team's efforts.

"We showed a lot of heart and character Friday night coming back from a 4-2 deficit and then carrying that momentum into Saturday's game against Colgate," Bowman said.

Friday night's victory over Cornell (4-4-1, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey) solidified Dartmouth's status as one of the top teams in the country. Although the puck never seemed to bounce quite right for the Big Green, the squad had enough grit to smash through for the win in the final minute of play.

Co-captain Sarah Newnam '09 was one of the stars of the game for Dartmouth, tallying two goals in the win. Newnam scored in the opening period on a power play, and then put in the game-winner in the closing minute of the game.

Cornell got on the board first, scoring just over three minutes into the game when Rebecca Johnson put a rebound past Dartmouth goalie Carli Clemis '09.

Later in the period, Newnam scored on a power play opportunity to tie the game at one goal apiece. Working the puck around the offensive zone, Sarah Parsons '10 sent the assist over to Newnam, who smashed in a slap shot from the top of the point.

Cornell turned up the pressure on the Big Green in the second period, out-shooting Dartmouth, 16-8, and racking up three more goals. Three and a half minutes into the second period, Cornell made it a 2-1 game on a score from Chelsea Karpenko.

It would take 10 minutes, but Dartmouth tied up the score again nearly 14 minutes into the second period when Jenna Cunningham '10 put the puck past the Cornell goaltender for her fourth goal of the season. Kelly Foley '12 and Amanda Trunzo '11 tallied the assists on the goal.

The game would not remain tied for long, however. Cornell scored again just over a minute later to make it a 3-2 game with just over five minutes left in the second period. The Big Red continued streaking to make it a 4-2 game on a power-play opportunity, scoring again 17 minutes into the second period.

At the start of the final period, things did not look good for the Big Green, who found itself down by two to a strong Cornell team. Dartmouth was not ready to give up without a fight, however.

With just over 10 minutes left in the game, the Big Green got a huge score from Maggie Kennedy '09, who beat the Cornell goalie to put in a shorthanded goal, putting Dartmouth within reach at 4-3. Alyssa Boehm '11, whose pass found the streaking Kennedy, tallied the assist on the magnificent score.

Parsons then tied it up at 4-4 two minutes later, squeezing the puck past the Cornell goalie for the equalizer. The assist was awarded to Kennedy.

The game-winner came with just 55 seconds left in the game. Dartmouth repeatedly pressured the Cornell defense, which paid off when Newnam put in her second goal of the night, with help from Trunzo and Geneva Kliman '12. It was the first Dartmouth lead of the night, and it was the only one that actually mattered.

"After the second period, we said if they can score three goals in one period then so can we, and so we went out and we did that," Katie Horner '11 said.

Saturday, the Big Green took on Colgate (7-7-1, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey), out-muscling the visitors, 7-2. Newnam continued her hot streak from the previous night, recording a goal and three assists in a four-point night.

Defenseman Julia Bronson '09 got the Big Green on the scoreboard first, tallying her second goal of the season on a power play at 13:15 in the first period. Foley and Cunningham recorded assists on the goal.

Colgate tied it up again at 1-1 just 14 seconds later, when Elin Brown put the puck past Mariel Lacina '10.

Foley, having just recorded an assist a few minutes earlier, scored a goal of her own with just under five minutes left in the period to grab the lead.

Entering the second period with a 2-1 advantage over Colgate, Dartmouth put the game out of reach with four unanswered goals in the next 20 minutes. All four of Newnam's points came in the second period as Cunningham, Reagan Fischer '12, Boehm, and Newnam each tallied a goal.

Both Fischer's and Newnam's goals were scored on power-play opportunities.

"It was great that the scoring was so spread out," Horner said. "The win was a team effort with every line and player contributing to the offense. It was the best second period of hockey we've played so far this season."

In the third period, Colgate put one more point up, but its efforts proved futile as it simply proved to be too little, too late against the massive onslaught of the Big Green juggernaut.

Kennedy ended the scoring for the night with a goal five minutes from the end of the game to make it 7-2.

"It was great to come out of the weekend with two wins, especially with one of them against an Ivy League rival," Boehm said.

Dartmouth arch-rival Harvard (4-2-2, 4-2-2 ECAC Hockey) also played Cornell and Colgate this weekend, tying Colgate, 5-5, before beating Cornell, 5-1.

Dartmouth women's hockey will take on the defending national champion University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (7-4-2, 5-4-2 WCHA) next weekend in Duluth, Minn. The Bulldogs currently stand in fourth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings and are ranked No. 7 nationally, one spot behind the Big Green.

"We are looking forward to our trip out to Minnesota-Duluth this week," Bowman said. "It will be great to see a team from the WCHA and how we compare."