The new year got off to a tough start for the women’s ice hockey team as they came away empty-handed after two close games last weekend at Union’s own Messa Rink.
First, the Dutchwomen were defeated when Yale grabbed a 2-0 victory on Friday night. The next day, following a ferocious comeback, the Dutchwomen fell just short in a 4-3 loss to Brown.
A slow start proved to be the difference against Yale, as the Bulldog’s Julia Yetman and Taylor Marchin both scored in the first period. Marchin’s goal came just two minutes after Yetman’s early power play goal.
The Dutchwomen had several chances to mount a comeback, but were unable to score, despite four power play opportunities. Forward Alli Devins ’17 had six of Union’s 21 shots on goal, a team high, while Haley Shugart ’20 and Jordi Naidrich ’20 had three apiece. Rookie goalie Kate Spooner ’20 helped keep the Dutchwomen in the game with a 20-save performance.
On Saturday, the Dutchwomen fell behind early again. This time, they surrendered four goals in the opening period to Brown.
However, Union responded well, outshooting the visitors 15-4 in the second period. In a tense matchup, the Dutchwomen had three goals waved off by officials after video reviews in the second period alone.
Finally, the Dutchwomen were rewarded for their efforts early in the third, when Emily Erickson ’17 found the back of the net, notching her third goal of the season. Erickson’s goal came just one minute into the final frame, and was assisted by Katie Laughlin ’18 and Eastyn Yuen ’17.
Later in the period, Devins, who, again, led the team with six shots on goal, scored, trimming the deficit to two. Arianna Kosakowski ’19 and Katelynn Russ ’20 picked up the assists on that goal.
Despite their valiant effort, time ran out for the Dutchwomen, though they did manage to tighten the score to 4-3 on a thrilling late power play, with their net empty and only one second left to play.
Rachel de Perio ’20 notched that goal, her second of the season. Devins earned the solo assist on de Perio’s goal.
Still searching for their first ECAC victory, the Dutchwomen head on the road next weekend for games against Dartmouth and Harvard. These two teams coincidentally stand directly ahead of the Dutchwomen in league standings.