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Missed Opportunities the Difference in 3-0 Loss at Cornell

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By Mark Washburn

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Dartmouth women’s hockey team fell on the road to No. 3 Cornell, 3-0, on Friday night in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League action at Lynah Rink.

Special teams were the difference in the contest as the Big Green (4-13-1, 3-8-1 ECAC Hockey) committed 10 penalties and the Big Red (14-1-3, 9-0-2) were whistled for a season-high nine. The 19 combined power-play chances are the most in a conference game this season. Cornell went 1-for-9 when skating with the extra attacker, while Dartmouth was held scoreless (0-10).

Trailing by two goals in the third period, the Green and White had 5-on-3 power-play opportunities three different times. However, the Big Red penalty kill was up to challenge, killing all six.

Cornell’s Taylor Woods opened the scoring with her first of two tallies on the evening a little over midway through the first. With the man advantage, Woods netted her seventh of the season with Hanna Bunton and Kelly Murray registering the assists. The sophomore’s marker was the only of the period.

Woods stretched the Cornell lead to two 9:15 into the second period. Late in the third, Jess Brown put the game out of reach with her third goal of the season for the home team.

Senior netminder Lindsay Holdcroft made 35 saves in a losing effort, while Big Red goaltender Paula Voorheis  stopped all 26 shots she faced to register her second shutout of the season.

Dartmouth’s second line of Lindsey Allen, Laura Stacey and Catherine Berghuis created the most opportunities, tallying nine shots on goal. Junior defenseman Morgan Illikainen put a team-high five pucks on net.

The Big Green move to 1-4-1 in Ancient Eight play, while the Big Red improve to 5-0-1.

Dartmouth wraps up and Empire State road swing tomorrow, Jan. 18, squaring off with Colgate. The tilt between the Big Green and the Raiders gets underway at 4 p.m.