CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite holding a 25-19 advantage in shots on goal, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team fell to No. 5 Harvard, 5-0, on Sunday inside the Bright Hockey Center in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League action.
The contest marked the third time this season the Big Green outshot their opponent. The Green and White fall to 2-9-0 overall and 2-7-0 in ECAC Hockey play. Dartmouth’s record speaks to the team’s daunting slate as the Crimson (8-1-1, 7-1-1) were the fifth nationally ranked team the Green have faced.
Freshman Kennedy Ottenbreit led the offensive attack for the team from the Upper Valley with a game-high four shots on goal as a quintet of Dartmouth skaters tallied three shots on goal.
Harvard scored a pair of second period markers three minutes apart to stretch their lead to 3-0 and give themselves breathing room. In the third stanza, the Crimson scored twice to put the game out of reach.
Dylanne Crugnale netted the game's first goal 15 minutes into the opening period. The sophomore forward’s fourth tally of the season proved to be the gamewinner as the Harvard defense showed why they are ranked second in the conference in goals-against average. In 2013-14, the Crimson are allowing just over one goal per game and the Sunday matinee marked the fifth time this season they held their opponents scoreless.
Special teams played a pivotal role in the contest as Dartmouth went 0-for-6 on the power play while the Crimson converted one of their three man-up opportunities.
Between the pipes, senior Lindsay Holdcroft made 14 saves in a losing effort for Dartmouth and Harvard sophomore Emerance Maschmeyer turned aside all 25 shots she faced to register her fourth shutout of the season.
With the loss, the Big Green move to 0-3-0 in Ancient Eight action while the Crimson improved to 2-0-1.
Dartmouth returns to the ice on Dec. 11, welcoming regional rival Vermont into Thompson Arena for a non-conference tilt.