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Dartmouth Clinches Postseason Berth in Win at Yale

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By Mark Washburn

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – The Dartmouth women’s hockey team clinched its fifth straight ECAC Hockey Tournament appearance on Saturday afternoon after topping Yale, 2-1, at Ingalls Rink.

The Big Green (9-18-1, 8-13-1) earned their fourth point of the weekend with the victory, while the Bulldogs (8-14-7, 6-9-7) end the regular season in seventh place.

The triumph was the 11th straight for Dartmouth against Yale and each of the last four have been decided by one goal.

Freshman Devon Moir deflected a shot from the point past Bulldogs netminder Jaimie Leonoff just over seven minutes into the second period for what proved to be the game winner. Moir has now found the back of the net in three of the last four games for the Green and White.

Olivia Whitford started the play with a pass to Kennedy Ottenbreit who fired a shot that Moir tipped home. The tally broke a 1-1 tie as the two Ancient Eight rivals played scoreless hockey over the final 33 minutes.

Lindsay Holdcroft continued her strong weekend between the pipes for Dartmouth, making 17 saves to her ninth win of the season. In the final two games of the regular season, the Pittsburgh, Pa., native stopped 43 of the 44 shots she faced.

Ottenbreit opened the scoring with her seventh marker of the season 9:24 into the first period. Like Moir, Ottenbreit has scored in each of the last two contests. Katy Ratty skated into the offensive zone and dropped a pass for Samantha Zeiss who sent a wrist shot on goal that Leonoff stopped. Ottenbreit knocked home the rebound for her third goal in Ivy League action.

Yale’s Stephanie Mock knotted the game at one later in the first stanza as she won a faceoff just outside the Big Green zone and flipped a wrist shot that deflected off Holdcroft and into the net.

The Big Green return to the ice next weekend, Feb. 28-Mar. 2, traveling to Potsdam to square off with top-seeded Clarkson in the opening round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament. The first round consists of a best-of-three series between the league’s top-eight teams.