HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s hockey team fell in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League action, 4-1, on Friday to No. 5 Harvard at Thompson Arena.
The loss snapped a five-game unbeaten streak in the Upper Valley for the Big Green (7-16-1, 6-11-1), while the Crimson (18-3-3, 14-2-2) have earned a point or better in six straight conference contests.
The game was much closer than the final score indicates as Harvard scored a pair of goals in the last minute to put the game out of reach. The markers, which were just 12 seconds apart, gave the Crimson a season sweep against Dartmouth.
Trailing, 2-1, and skating with an extra attacker the Big Green fought to tie the game before an errant pass was intercepted and led to Harvard’s Miye O’Dench scoring an empty-net goal. After the following faceoff, Hillary Crowe fired a rebound past Lindsay Holdcroft, who had just returned from Dartmouth’s bench. Both O’Dench’s and Crowe’s tallies were their second of the contest.
Down by two entering the final period, the Green and White pulled within one as freshman Kennedy Ottenbreit scored her fifth marker of the season. Emma Korbs started the play with a pass behind her own net to Lauren Kelly who flipped a puck down ice that landed perfectly on Ottenbreit’s stick. The Grayson, Saskatchewan, native then skated past a Harvard defenseman and beat Crimson netminder Emerance Maschmeyer short side.
Crowe opened the scoring in the game with a goal 2:37 into the first period and Harvard stretched their lead to a pair six a half minutes into the second period as D'Oench found the back of the net.
Dartmouth held a 28-23 advantage in shots and through two periods they were leading 21-13 in the shot column. Maschmeyer helped the Crimson hold the lead early, turning aside all 15 shots she faced during the first 20 minutes.
Dartmouth had five power-play opportunities, but was unable to capitalize on any of them as Harvard killed them all. Entering the contest the Crimson had a 96% (96-out of-100) penalty-kill percentage.
Holdcroft made 19 saves in a losing effort, while Maschmeyer stopped 27 shots to earn her 14th win of the season.
The Big Green are now 1-6-1 in the Ivy League, while the Crimson improve to 6-1-1.
Dartmouth returns to action next weekend, Feb. 14-15, hosting St. Lawrence and Clarkson in ECAC Hockey action. The two conference rivals come to the Upper Valley for the Big Green’s final home weekend of the season. After Saturday afternoon’s tilt with the Golden Knights, Dartmouth’s three seniors will be honored.