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Dartmouth Rally Falls Short in 4-2 Loss to Quinnipiac

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. – A late rally by the Dartmouth women’s hockey team fell short on Saturday in a 4-2 loss to No. 9 Quinnipiac in ECAC Hockey action inside Thompson Arena.

Trailing by a goal late in the third period, the Big Green (0-3-0, 0-2-0 ECAC Hockey) pulled freshman goaltender Robyn Chemago to have a two-man advantage but Bobcats (6-1-1, 1-1-1 ECAC Hockey) netminder Chelsea Laden stood tall. Laden made several key saves down the stretch on point blank shots before Amanda Colin scored on an empty net with just two ticks remaining to ice the game.

With the loss, the Green and White are now 0-8-3 in their last 11 games versus top-ten opponents. The last win for Dartmouth against a nationally ranked foe came against Northeastern in November of 2011.

For the third straight game Dartmouth opened the scoring as freshman Kennedy Ottenbreit netted her first collegiate goal. Ottenbreit scored off a rebound on a shot by sophomore Laura Stacey. Eleni Tebano picked up the second assist on the play as she sent a pass over to Stacey who fired a one-timer. Ottenbreit’s tally came six and a half minutes into the first stanza as Dartmouth held the lead until Kelly Babstock scored the first of her two tallies on the night.

With QU on the power play later in the first, Babstock finished off a rebound in front of Chemago to knot the game at one. The man-up marker was the first the Big Green allowed this season, having successful killed off their first eight penalties this season.

Babstock was at it again just over three and a half minutes into the second as she won a faceoff in the Big Green zone and flicked a backhand over Chemago’s stick shoulder. Later in the period, the Dartmouth special-teams unit scored their third power-play goal of the season to tie the game at two.

Stacey started the play once again, firing a shot from high in the slot and Lindsey Allen knocked the rebound home for her team-leading third goal of the season. The physical play was evident throughout the contest as the conference foes combined for 13 penalties. Dartmouth was 1-for-7 when a man-up while Quinnipiac was 1-for-6.

With just over four minutes remaining in the second, Morgan Fritz-Ward scored the eventual game winner for the Bobcats.

Laden turned aside 19 shots to pick up the victory while Chemago made 22 saves in a losing effort in her collegiate debut for Dartmouth.

The Big Green return to the ice next weekend, Nov. 1-2, traveling to New York’s Capital District to square off with Union and Rensselaer in ECAC Hockey action. The tilt with the Dutchwomen gets underway Friday at 7 p.m. and the contest with the RPI is slated for Saturday at 4 p.m.