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Holdcroft Stops 41 Shots As Big Green Tie No. 3 Harvard, 2-2

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By Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. - Junior netminder Lindsay Holdcroft made 41 saves as the Dartmouth women's hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with No. 3 Harvard in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League action on Friday night inside Thompson Arena.

With the tie, the Big Green pick up their first point against Harvard in Hanover since Dec. 15, 2006, when they topped the Crimson, 4-1.

After earning the point, the Green and White are now 12-7-4 overall and 7-6-3 in conference games, while Harvard moves to 17-2-2 and 14-1-1 in league tilts.

Head coach Mark Hudak's squad became just the fourth team to earn a point against the Crimson this season.

The team from the Upper Valley twice erased one-goal deficits to run their unbeaten streak at home to five.

Harvard's Kalley Armstrong opened the scoring just over two minutes into the first period. The junior forward found the back of the net off a pass from linemate Jillian Dempsey to give the Crimson the 1-0 advantage. It was the first time an opponent had scored first against Dartmouth at home since Colgate on Nov. 24.

Dartmouth would respond with 14:50 remaining in the first as freshman Lindsey Allen tallied her six goal of the season, with classmate Olivia Whitford picking up her eighth career assist.

The tie was short-lived, as Dempsey scored just 44 seconds later to give the Crimson the 2-1 lead. Dempsey's goal was conference-leading 23 of the season.

Late in the first, Harvard's Sarah Edney was whistled for a penalty. The trip to the penalty box would prove costly as freshman Laura Stacey fired a shot past Crimson goaltender Laura Bellamy 56 seconds into the second period to knot the game at 2-2.

Stacey's man-advantage marker was just the fifth power-play goal Harvard has allowed this season. Entering the contest, the Crimson penalty-kill was the top-ranked in the country (94.0%).

Through the remainder of the second and third period the teams traded scoring opportunities as neither was able to capitalize.

In overtime, Holdcroft made two key saves to preserve the hard-earned point for the Big Green. Holdcroft made over 40 saves for the second time this season and the third time in her career.

After going seven consecutive games without allowing more than a goal, the Crimson have now allowed at least two goals in their last three games.

With the tie, Dartmouth is now 4-2-1 in Ivy League contests, while Harvard moves to 6-0-1.

The Big Green return to action Feb. 8-9, when they host ECAC Hockey and Ivy League foes Brown and Yale inside Thompson Arena.