After Win, Dartmouth In Better State of Mind
Dartmouth’s Lindsey Allen (14) hits the ice as Brown’s Alli Rolandelli prepares to do likewise yesterday in front of goaltender Aubree Moore. The Big Green won the ECAC game 2-0 at Thompson Arena. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
Brown forward Vanessa Welten, left, delivers a shove to the head of Dartmouth's Laura Stacey during yesterday's ECAC game at Thompson Arena. Bears defender Emma Pearson is at right. The Big Green won, 2-0.
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Hanover — An announcement was read over Thompson Arena’s public-address system at the start of yesterday’s third period between the Dartmouth College and Brown women’s ice hockey teams. It described the weather-induced state of emergency declared by New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and ordering residents to be off the roads by 7 p.m.
Down on the ice, the Big Green was in a state of frustration. Despite overwhelming the Bears and outshooting them handily, the hosts had scored only twice and were increasing the degree of difficulty on their scoring attempts.
Why try to stickhandle or pass through four defenders, Dartmouth coach Mark Hudak asked his troops during the second intermission. You know that kind of dipsy-doodling won’t work against the likes of Harvard, Cornell or Clarkson.
So it was back to basics for the third period, and although the Big Green didn’t score again, Hudak was left feeling a bit better after his team skated off with a 2-0 victory and improved to 13-7-4 overall and 8-6-3 in ECAC play.
“We weren’t OK with just dominating; we wanted to score,’’ the coach said. “We were trying to make pretty passes and we got away from keeping it simple. We might be more talented than that team, but if all we’re going to do is try to win on talent, that can get you in trouble.’’
A prime example of Dartmouth’s skill came during its first scoring play, two minutes before the first intermission. The puck was flipped high into the air in the neutral zone, bouncing directly in front of a backskating Bear and then through her legs.
As the Brown defender pivoted in an attempt to chase the puck, Dartmouth’s Laura Stacey motored in behind her at full speed. Reaching to her foe’s left, Stacey swatted the puck sideways. A split second later, she leaped in the air and behind the defender, meeting the biscuit on the other side and accelerating for a short breakaway.
“She had a good head of steam, and for a big kid, she has a good pair of feet,’’ said Hudak, who watched No. 10 fake Brown goaltender Aimee Moore left before scoring inside the right post. “She was in tight on the goalie, but was still able to make a nice move. That kind of poise sets her apart from other kids her age.”
Said Stacey: “It was a lucky bounce, but once I got it, I knew the goalie wasn’t going to expect it and that she’d be off-balance. I just fired it high on her.’’
The Big Green doubled its lead during the second period, after which its shot advantage stood at 21-8. Jenna Hobeika hustled into the right corner and whipped a pass out front to an onrushing Reagan Fischer, who redirected the feed past Moore for her team-leading 13th goal.
Brown fell to 4-17-0 overall and 3-14-0 in ECAC action and has won just 24 of its last 139 games. Yale, which faces Dartmouth on Monday in a weather-delayed clash, has lost 19 of its last 20 contests to the Big Green. So Hudak had a bit of a selling job on his hands this week in order to convince his players to focus and bear down.
“You can get caught thinking, ‘We don’t have to play as hard as we did against Harvard.’ ” said the coach, whose team tied the No. 3 Crimson last weekend. “We don’t want to falter in games like this and we have to use every one of them to get ready for the playoffs.
“That’s why I was upset after the second period tonight. We weren’t even practicing the kind of hockey we’re going to need against better teams.”
Notes: Dartmouth is sixth in the 12-team ECAC. The top eight teams make the playoffs with the top four earning home ice. … Big Green goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft made 15 saves. … Dartmouth took 30 of the game’s 45 shots. … Brown has lost its last five games and eight of its last nine. The Bears have surrendered 21 goals in their last five contests. … The Big Green extended its home unbeaten streak to six games. … Brown recently announced a revised student healthcare plan that will cover sex-change operations for its students. Such procedures can cost as much as $50,000. Cornell, Harvard, Pennsylvania and Stanford already have similar policies.
Tris Wykes can be reached at email@example.com or 603-727-3227.