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Dartmouth Falls to Princeton, 3-2, in Home Opener

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s hockey team lost to Princeton, 3-2, on Friday night in their home opener at Thompson Arena. A pair of third-period tallies sent the Tigers home with their first win in the Upper Valley versus the Big Green since February of 2012.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Dartmouth (0-2-0, 0-1-0 ECAC Hockey) against Princeton (1-0-0, 1-0-0 ECAC Hockey). The defeat also marked the first time in 17 contests that head coach Mark Hudak’s squad lost when leading after two periods. Last year, the team was 15-0-1 with the lead after the first 40 minutes.

Dartmouth opened the scoring for the second time in the young season as Catherine Berghuis’ wrist shot made it through a crowd to give the Big Green a 1-0 advantage. Defensemen Olivia Whitford and Morgan Illikainen started the play with back-to-back shots before the puck ended up on Berguis’ stick off a pad save from Princeton goaltender Kimberly Newell.

Princeton wasted little time tying the contest as Cassidy Tucker scored a short-handed goal to knot the game one, less then two minutes later. With the Big Green on the power play, Tucker took advantage of a turnover deep in the Dartmouth zone and roofed a backhand past Lindsay Holdcroft

For the second straight game, the Big Green power-play unit found the back of the net as freshman Katy Ratty scored her first career tally off a deflection in front of Newell. Illikainen fired a shot from the point and Ratty knocked it past Newell’s glove the give Dartmouth a 2-1 lead four minutes into the second stanza. Ratty’s tally was the only score during period as the Green and White successfully killed off two Princeton power plays.

Less then a minute into the third period the Tigers were at it again, tying the game at two as Denna Laing scored her first tally of the season. Laing converted a centering pass from Gabie Figueroa to steal the momentum away from Dartmouth early in the period.

Hillary Lloyd scored the game winner for Princeton just over six minutes later as Figueroa started the play once again with a cross-ice pass.

Newell made 28 saves to pick up her first win of the season while Holdcroft turned aside 27 shots in a losing effort. 

The Big Green are 0-2 for the first time since 2006-07 campaign when they opened with back-to-back defeats at Mercyhurst. All three of Princeton’s markers came from shots in front of the net off rebounds or centering passes. Dartmouth killed off all five of the Tigers power-play chances, and is now 8-for-8 on the year on the penalty kill.

Dartmouth returns to the ice tomorrow, Oct. 26, hosting No. 9 Quinnipiac in ECAC Hockey action. The tilt with the Bobcats gets underway at 4 p.m. as the Big Green look for their third straight win at home versus QU.