By Nicole Merigliano
The women’s ice hockey team played its final away contests of the regular season this past weekend against ECAC opponents Brown and Yale. Both of these contests proved to be valid competition for the Dutchwomen, since both of their opponents hold similar spots in the ECAC standings.
The Dutchwomen faced off against Brown on Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium. The Bears scored two goals in the first period, and took a lead of 2-0 into the third period. Stefanie Thomson ‘14 scored a goal in the third period to put the Dutchwomen within one goal; however, the Bears kept the Dutchwomen from getting another goal on the board and pulled away with a 2-1 victory. Teammates Courtney Turner ‘16 and Alex Tancrell-Fontaine ‘15 were credited with the assists to Thomson’s one-timer goal.
On Saturday afternoon, the Dutchwomen were back on the ice as they faced off against the Yale Bulldogs at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs struck first and were leading 1-0 into the final two minutes of regulation, after killing off a Dutchwomen power play. Maddie Dahl ‘16, who was in the midst of her first collegiate start in net for the Dutchwomen, was pulled from goal to add an extra skater. With 16 seconds left in regulation, Rhianna Kurio ‘13 scored the equalizer to bring the 1-1 game into overtime with an unassisted goal. This was Kurio’s fifth goal of the season, and her second game-tying goal of the season. Shenae Lundberg ‘15 appeared in net for the Dutchwomen during overtime, as both Lundberg and Yale goalie Jaimie Leonoff successfully denied multiple offensive chances from both sides to result in the game ending in a tie.With the loss against Brown on Friday, the Dutchwomen were officially eliminated from playoff contention this season. The team will return to their home ice at Messa Rink this upcoming weekend for the final two games of their season, against ECAC opponents Colgate and first-place Cornell. The Dutchwomen come into these final two games in last place in the ECAC standings, since they have acquired four points in the standings from four ties against ECAC opponents. Cornell, Clarkson, Harvard and St. Lawrence currently hold the top four spots.