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Northeastern Battles Back to Beat Dartmouth in Overtime, 2-1

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. – Northeastern’s Kelly Wallace scored with 1:52 remaining in overtime to help lift the visitors to a 2-1 victory Friday night at Thompson Arena against the Dartmouth women’s hockey team.

The story on this night was the stellar play of senior goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft, who finished the game with 40 saves in the Big Green crease. However, the OT winner managed to find a small portion of open net to hand Dartmouth (2-8-0) the setback.

The Green and White held a 1-0 lead for much of the contest as junior Karlee Odland’s second of the season gave them a 1-0 lead just 6:59 into the affair. Odland’s shot from the middle of the slot ricocheted in off Northeastern starting goalie Chloe Desjardins. Lindsey Allen and Ali Winkel were able to successfully cycle the puck in the corner before Allen set up the eventual goal-scorer with a centering pass from the goal line.

The one-goal advantage would remain for nearly two more periods thanks in large part to Holdcroft as she had 29 saves through the first 40 minutes of play.

It wouldn’t be even on the scoreboard again until 13:02 into the third when Hayley Scamurra went high under the crossbar from just below the left circle, beating the senior netminder for the first time all night as the Huskies desperately sought to tie the game in the final frame.

Prior to Wallace’s winner, Holdcroft came up with two big point-blank saves right on the doorstep before the puck shifted from one side of the slot for the other to set up the game-ending tally.

The 40 saves by Holdcroft were just three shy of her career high (43) set on Feb. 4, 2012 against Quinnipiac. Friday’s performance also marked Holdcroft’s first 40+ save performance of 2013-14 as she last turned aside 40 or more shots against Harvard on Feb. 1 of last season in a 2-2 tie.

At the other end, Desjardins stopped 23 shots in earning the non-conference win and helping Northeastern improve to 7-9-1 overall this season.

Dartmouth’s penalty kill had to be sharp on Friday as it successfully killed off all six power-play chances the Huskies had. The Northeastern penalty kill was also on its game, holding the home team 0-for-4 with the extra skater. The visitors managed 13 of its 42 total shots on the power play, while the Green posted eight of its 24 playing a player up.

The Big Green will be back in action on Sunday as they head to Harvard to take on the Crimson at Bright-Landry Hockey Center at 3 p.m.