HANOVER, N.H. - In front of a crowd of 1,057 at Thompson Arena Friday night, the Dartmouth women's hockey team battled hard, but eventually fell victim to a power-play goal 3:38 into overtime against No. 2 Cornell, 2-1.
Jillian Saulnier's shot from the point ricocheted off two sticks in the slot and found space in the top left corner for the overtime winner while the Big Red were on a power play.
The shot was just the second all night to beat Big Green junior Lindsay Holdcroft in goal. The Pittsburgh native stopped 28 shots on the night, including 20 in the final two periods of regulation to give her team a shot at the 'W'.
The Green and White were looking to become the first ECAC Hockey team to knock off the Red in regular-season action since Clarkson did so last January. As it stands, the win improves Cornell to 7-0 in league play and 9-1-0 overall. The Big Green drop to 3-2 in ECAC Hockey contests and 4-2-1 overall.
Dartmouth freshman Laura Stacey got the scoring started 18:40 into the contest with her second of the season. Stacey knocked down a pass at her own blueline and headed up ice. A move at center freed the first-year forward from the reach of the Cornell defender backing up as she entered the offensive zone.
Cutting across the middle, Stacey's wrist shot fooled Big Red goaltender Lauren Slebodnick into thinking it would go right, but the puck came back across the slot and found open net just inside the far left post for the 1-0 lead.
Cornell answered back 5:24 into the middle period as Taylor Woods was the beneficiary of a broken play with the man-advantage, leading to a loose puck rebound in the crease to tie it at one apiece.
Both goalies shut the door in the third, making key stops in crucial moments to deny the opposition the winner.
Holdcroft stopped Brianne Jenner, a member of the Canadian Senior National Team, on a breakaway with just over seven minutes left in the third and followed with two point-blank saves on the rebound to keep it even.
Dartmouth actually had a power play of its own in the final 1:38 and into the OT period as Saulnier was called for an elbow at center. However, despite its best effort with the man-advantage all night, the Green were unable to get anything behind Slebodnick.
Just 16 seconds after a Jenna Hobeika tripping call in overtime, Saulnier redeemed herself by scoring the winner on a one-timer from the point through a screen in front of Holdcroft.
Slebodnick picked up the win, making 29 saves as both teams had 30 shots on goal in the game.
The Big Green were 0-for-5 on the power play, while Cornell was 2-for-6, scoring its lone two markers of the night while up a player.
Dartmouth will now turn its attention to a Saturday afternoon tilt with Colgate. Puck drop between the Big Green and Raiders is set for 4 p.m. at Thompson Arena.