Dartmouth Edged by No. 3 Cornell, 4-2
HANOVER, N.H. – A late rally fell short for the Dartmouth women's hockey team on Saturday afternoon as it fell to No. 3 Cornell, 4-2, in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League action inside Thompson Arena.
The Big Green (2-7-0, 2-6-0 ECAC Hockey) scored two or more goals for the fifth time this season.The Dartmouth offense has scored at least two goals at home in 12 of its last 13 contests.
The two-goal defeat was the first contest between the Big Green and Big Red (8-0-2, 6-0-2 ECAC Hockey) that wasn’t decided by a goal or less since 2011. In the last four games versus Cornell, Dartmouth is 0-3-1. The two-goal outburst was the first time Dartmouth scored more than a goal against Cornell in the last four tilts.
Cornell wasted little time opening the scoring as Hanna Bunton sent a shot past Green and White netminder Lindsay Holdcroft 76 seconds into play. Dartmouth tied the game at one late in first period as Lindsey Allen scored her team leading fifth goal of the year. For the second straight game Allen found the back of the net off a pass from linemate Karlee Odland.
Late in the first stanza, the Big Red blew open the game scoring two goals with less then five minutes left. Alyssa Gagliardi scored the go-ahead goal 15:53 into play and Jessica Campbell netted the eventual game winner with just 17 seconds left in the first.
Dartmouth pulled within a goal in the second period as Catherine Berghuis scored on a rebound in front of Cornell goaltender Lauren Slebodnick. The goal was Berghuis’ third of the 2013-14 and her second of the weekend. Allen picked up her first assist of the season as she fired that Berghuis finished.
Cassandra Poudrier gave Cornell breathing room in third as she scored on the power play. Poudrier scored in a traffic off a rebound in front of Holdcroft as the Big Red netted their third man-up marker of the night.
Entering the contest, Dartmouth had killed 37-of-39 penalties this season. Cornell is the first team to score more then one power-play tally against the Big Green. On the offensive end, the Green went 1-for-4 when a man up.
The Big Red are now 2-0-1 in Ivy League play while Dartmouth is 0-2-0.
Slebodnick turned aside 25 shots to earn her eighth win of the season while Holdcroft made a season-high 34 saves in a losing effort for the Big Green.
Dartmouth returns to the ice in two weeks, hosting Northeastern on Nov. 29 in non-conference action. The Big Green are looking to avenge a 3-2 overtime defeat to the Huskies a year ago in Boston.