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Courtesy: Mark Washburn

Late Rally Falls Short for Dartmouth at New Hampshire

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 12/13/2013
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DURHAM, N.H. – A late rally fell short for the Dartmouth women’s hockey team on Sunday afternoon as New Hampshire topped the Big Green, 2-1, at the Whittemore Center.

Dartmouth (2-10-0) outshot the host Wildcats (7-10-2), 12-8, in the final period, but UNH netminder Ashley Wilkes stood her ground by making save after save over the final 20 minutes. Between the pipes for the Green and White, freshman Robyn Chemago turned aside a career-best 33 shots in a losing effort.

With the score knotted at one midway through the third period, New Hampshire’s Hannah Armstrong scored her fifth goal of the year to give the Wildcats the one-goal advantage. Down the stretch, Dartmouth had scoring opportunities, but Wilkes and the UNH defense held the lead.

With under a minute remaining in the tilt, the Big Green pulled Chemago in favor of an extra attacker. Over the final 20 seconds, Dartmouth would muster a single shot as Emma Korbs fired a blast that was blocked by UNH’s Caroline Broderick.

For the seventh time in 11 games the Green opened the scoring as Lindsey Allen potted her sixth tally of the season on the power play nine minutes into the first period. Allen’s man-up marker was her third of the year with Morgan Illikainen and Laura Stacey picking up assists. After missing the last three contests, Stacey played well in her return.

A little over 20 minutes later and halfway through the second stanza, the Wildcats would tie it up. Jessica Hitchcock netted her third tally of the year and first game-tying goal as Kayla Mork registered her team-best seventh helper.

Special teams played a pivotal role once again as Dartmouth went 1-for-3 on the power-play while successfully killing all five of its penalties.

The Big Green return to the ice on Wednesday, Dec. 11, continuing their four-game stretch versus Hockey East foes as Vermont heads to the Upper Valley. The contest is set for a 7 p.m. start inside Thompson Arena with Dartmouth riding an 11-game winning streak against the Catamounts.

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