HANOVER, N.H. – It was a night of firsts for the Dartmouth women's hockey team on Friday night as the Big Green won a 5-4 thriller against Yale at Thompson Arena. Senior co-captain Ali Winkel netted the game winner with just 48 seconds remaining as the Green and White skated to their first Ivy League win of the season.
For the second straight home game, Winkel scored the go-ahead goal in a Dartmouth (4-12-0, 3-7-0 ECAC Hockey) victory. The loss was the second straight for the Bulldogs (5-10-1, 3-5-1 ECAC Hockey) in conference action.
With under a minute to play, Karlee Odland came breaking in and fired a shot that Yale netminder Jamie Leonoff turned aside. On the rebound, the bouncing puck deflected off Katy Ratty’s stick and Winkel fired it past the diving goaltender.
The Big Green erased a third period one-goal deficit with a pair of tallies down the stretch as Lindsey Allen scored the equalizer, which was her second of the contest, with under ten minutes left in regulation. The hard fought ECAC Hockey and Ivy League showdown was one of runs and changes in momentum.
After Lauren Kelly potted her first career goal for the Big Green to open the scoring, each team would score consecutive goals twice. The Bulldogs two-goal outburst in the opening period was the first of four in the tilt.
The highest scoring game of the year for the team from the Upper Valley saw four lead changes. Dartmouth’s five goals is its most in a game at home since tallying seven on senior day against St. Lawrence last season.
Two minutes after Kelly’s goal, Yale knotted the game at one as Jamie Haddad netted her fourth goal of the year with Janelle Ferrara and Tara Tomimoto picking up assists. Later in the opening stanza, Ferrara and Tomimoto set up another play working the puck around on the power play before Taylor Marchin netted the man-up marker.
With 22 seconds left in the first Allen scored her first of the night off a feed from Catherine Berghuis to tie the game at two. Allen now has a team-best eight goals and 10 points on the year.
Midway through the second period defenseman Olivia Whitford ripped a shot from the point on the power play that found the back of the net. The Milton, Ontario, native’s goal was the first of her career and gave Dartmouth a 3-2 lead. Before the game the Big Green had no goals from defensemen on the season, but Whitford and Kelly changed that with blasts from the blueline.
Late in the second, Tomimoto tied the game for the third time with her second of the season for Yale.
Hanna Astrom gave the Bulldogs their final lead of the night with her fourth tally of the season 10:09 into the third.
With the triumph, the Green moved to 1-3-0 in Ancient Eight play, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-3-0.
Lindsay Holdcroft made 20 saves to earn her fourth victory of the season Dartmouth, while Leonoff came on in relief of starter Hanna Mandl. The duo combined for 23 stops in a losing effort.
Dartmouth wraps up the weekend of conference play tomorrow, Jan. 11, hosting Brown at 4 p.m. The Big Green look to continue their strong play against the Ancient Eight rival as they are riding a 14 game winning streak versus the Bears.