Going into the third period of last Friday’s game against Vermont (6-17-2, 0-7-0 ECAC), it looked as if the women’s hockey team would have to wait another day to earn its first conference victory. Luckily for the Red, sophomore Jen Munhofen was on their side.
Munhofen led the charge in a three-goal third period by assisting on the game winning goal scored by junior forward Pearle Nerenberg, and by tallying the Red’s final goal to put the game out of reach, 3-1. Assisting Munhofen was assistant captain Jamie Ramenofsky and sophomore Caitlin Warren.
The Red’s first goal of the game didn’t come until after the two minute mark of the final period on an unassisted shot by freshman Halina Kristalyn. Before then, the Catamounts clung to their 1-0 lead, despite taking four fewer shots than the Red during the first two periods.
“We felt if we got one in, then the goals would start coming,” Kristalyn said, “because we were dominating play throughout.”
Yet Vermont played mistake free hockey, allowing the Red one power play during the contest. Over the last six games, the Red has had trouble with a man advantage, going just 1-28 on power play situations.
“We’re working really hard at practice on power plays, it’s just an issue of capitalizing on our chances,” Kristalyn said.
The Red didn’t have many chances to capitalize, though, the following day in its 5-0 loss against No. 2 Dartmouth (14-1-2, 7-0-1) at Thompson Arena.
After holding the Big Green scoreless in the first period, the Red fell apart, giving up two and three goals in the final two periods, respectively. Katie Weatherston netted both Dartmouth goals in the second period, and assisted on the final goal from teammate Sarah Clark. Weatherston, Clark and teammates Meagan Walton and Alana BreMiller all had multi-point games to drop the Red to 3-12-1 on the season and 1-9-1 in ECAC play.
Sophomore goalie Flora Vineberg stopped 34 Dartmouth shots, but was bombarded all game long, facing 39 total shots. On the flip side, the Red only managed 11 shots, including just two in the final 20 minutes, and ended being shutout by Dartmouth goalie Kate Lane.
The Red take home ice for just the third time in three months when they face off against Quinnipiac Saturday afternoon, and then Sacred Heart the following day.
Archived article by Chris Mascaro