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Dartmouth Defeats Visiting Quinnipiac, 5-2, in ECAC Hockey Action

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By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth women's hockey returned home after more than a month on the road, knocking off Quinnipiac, 5-2, in ECAC Hockey action on Friday night at Thompson Arena.

The win was the third straight for the Big Green as they evened the season series with the Bobcats, avenging an 8-3 defeat earlier this season in Hamden, Conn.

The Green and White snapped the Bobcats' five-game winning streak and improved to 9-5-2 overall and 5-4-1 in ECAC Hockey play with the win, while QU fell to 12-8-2 and 8-4-1 in league contests.

Dartmouth came racing out of the gates, controlling the first 10 minutes of play in the opening period. Senior forward Camille Dumais opened the scoring for the Big Green with seven minutes remaining in the first when she intercepted an errant pass, came charging in on net where she buried a backhand, her ninth tally of the season.

Senior defenseman Sasha Nanji gave the team from the Upper Valley some breathing room heading into the second when she came flying from behind the net and fired a high wrister over Quinnipiac goaltender Victoria Vigilanti's right shoulder with just five ticks left in the first.

Freshman and reigning ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week Ailish Forfar continued her strong play as she netted the eventual game-winner eight minutes into the second period. Forfar's power-play goal was set up nicely by Nanji and freshman Olivia Whitford. With the goal, Forfar now has five goals in the team's past six contests and game-winners in two straight.

After a Kelly Babstock goal cut the Dartmouth lead to just two, 3-1, late in the second, senior Reagan Fischer created more space on the scoresheet for the home team, scoring her ninth marker of the season 4:26 into the final period.

The Green and White added a final insurance goal late in the contest as senior Jenna Hobeika scored an empty-netter with just 0.6 seconds showing on the arena scoreboard.

Junior netminder Lindsay Holdcroft picked up her ninth victory of the season as she turned aside 18 shots in the winning effort.

The special teams played a key part in the victory once again as the Big Green killed all five of the Bobcats' power-play chances. They have now killed 10 straight penalties in their last two outings.

Dartmouth wraps-up a weekend home stand Saturday, Jan. 12 when it faces Princeton in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League action. Puck drop is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the men's team set to take on Harvard afterward at 7:30 p.m.