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Dartmouth Falls at No. 9 Quinnipiac, 3-1

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By Mark Washburn
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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Dartmouth women’s hockey team fell on the road to No. 9 Quinnipiac, 3-1, on Friday evening at High Point Solutions Arena.

The defeat snaps a season-high three-game winning streak for the Big Green (7-14-1, 6-9-1), while the Bobcats (17-4-6, 8-3-4) erased a second period one-goal deficit with three unanswered goals for their second conference win in a row.

Dartmouth senior goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft played a strong contest between the pipes. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native kept a potent Quinnipiac offense at bay, making several point blank saves throughout the game. The co-captain made 25 saves in a losing effort, while her counterpart, Chelsea Laden, stopped 15 of the 16 shots she faced.

After a scoreless first period, the Big Green got on the board first for the second straight contest 11:58 into the second. Freshman defenseman Emma Korbs scored her first collegiate tally with Karlee Odland and Katy Ratty picking up assists. Odland has now registered a point or better in three of the last four games for the Green and White.

Dartmouth held the lead for nearly the reminder of the period before Quinnipiac’s Emma Woods knotted the tilt at one with 43 ticks left in the second stanza.

The Bobcats’ Morgan Fritz-Ward scored the eventual game winner 3:14 into the final period. Olivia Brackett fired a shot on goal that Holdcroft turned aside and Fritz-Ward fired home the rebound.

Nicole Connery gave QU some breathing room later in the period with her fifth marker of the season. Meghan Turner sent a centering pass to Connery who finished high stick side.

Down the stretch, the Bobcats thwarted the Big Green comeback as Laden stopped all six shots she faced over the final 20 minutes.

There were only four penalties in the contest as both Dartmouth and Quinnipiac killed them off. The Green were 0-for-1 with an extra skater, while the Bobcats were 0-for-3.

Dartmouth concludes a road weekend in ECAC Hockey action tomorrow, Feb. 1, traveling to the Garden State to square off with Princeton. The tilt with the Tigers is slated to get underway at 4 p.m. with crucial points in the ECAC Hockey playoff race on the line.