HANOVER, N.H. – Midway through the third period, Dartmouth’s Lindsey Allen skated in on a breakaway and slid a backhand past Colgate goaltender Brittney Brook for the eventual game winner as the Big Green topped the Raiders, 2-1, on Friday night in ECAC Hockey action.
The win was the first at home in 2013-14 for Dartmouth (2-6-0, 2-5-0 ECAC Hockey) and the victory also runs the Big Green’s unbeaten streak to 11 games versus Colgate (3-10-0, 1-6-0 ECAC Hockey). Dating back to February of 2009, the Green and White are 9-0-2 against the Raiders.
Catherine Berghuis opened the scoring just over one minute into the contest, tallying her second marker of the season for the team from the Upper Valley. After a Colgate turnover near center ice, the second-year forward skated in and fired a shot past Brook’s glove to give Dartmouth the 1-0 edge.
Later in the first, Laura Stacey came in on a breakaway and flipped a backhand off the post. Stacey’s rush came on the penalty kill as the sophomore from Kleinburg, Ontario, made a bid for her second shorthanded tally of the year.
After skating scoreless for over 20 minutes, Colgate tied the game at one as Kayla Haus deflected a shot past Dartmouth netminder Lindsay Holdcroft three minutes into the second stanza. Megan Wicken fired a shot from the point and Haus tipped it through traffic in front of the net.
Allen’s fourth marker of the year in the third gave the Big Green a one-goal cushion and Holdcroft stood her ground, making seven saves in the third. Karlee Odland picked up her second assist of the season, sending the pass that broke Allen out.
Colgate pulled Brooks with under a minute to play in action and the Big Green defense held the lead for their second conference triumph of the season.
Dartmouth’s special teams unit had another strong game defensively, killing all seven of their penalties. The penalty kill created some scoring chances as well, firing four shots on goal. With the man advantage the Big Green struggled going 0-for-5. Over the last three tilts, the Green and White are 0-for-14 on the power play.
Holdcroft turned aside 23 shots to earn the victory while Brooks made 24 stops in a losing effort.
Friday’s contest marked the fourth straight game between the conference rivals decided by a goal or less.
The Big Green wrap up a home weekend tomorrow, Nov. 16, welcoming No. 3 Cornell into Thompson Arena in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League action.
|Lindsay Holdcroft made 23 saves on Friday versus Colgate to earn her 49th career win.|