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Big Green Drop ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Opener at No. 3 Clarkson

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By Doug Austin
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POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Dartmouth women’s hockey team opened postseason play with a 2-0 defeat at No. 3 Clarkson on Friday afternoon at Cheel Arena in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals.

The No. 8 seed Big Green surrendered a pair of power-play goals as the top-seeded Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.

Playing in her fourth straight ECAC Hockey Tournament, senior goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft stopped 38 of the 40 shots she faced. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native kept the Green and White in the game early making 15 saves in the first period. In fact, the co-captain made 11 or more saves in each period.

Clarkson’s Jamie Lee Rattray netted both of her team’s tallies, the first of which came just over nine minutes into the first. Playing with an extra skater, Vanessa Plante played the puck to Renata Fast, who set up Rattray. The senior’s man-up marker was the lone goal through the first two stanzas.

Rattray struck again 46 seconds into the final period to stretch the Clarkson lead to a pair. Carly Mercer and Shannon MacAulay started the play to register assists for the home team.

Golden Knights netminder Erica Howe registered her second shutout of the season against Dartmouth, turning aside all 15 shots she faced.

Special teams was the difference in the contest as the team from the Upper Valley went 0-for-4 with the man-advantage, while Clarkson converted 2-of-6 attempts. During their four power-play chances, the Big Green mustered two shots on target compared to nine from the Golden Knights.

Senior co-captain Ali Winkel and freshman Kennedy Ottenbreit each fired a team-high three shots on goal for Dartmouth, while Samantha Zeiss, Laura Stacey and Catherine Berghuis each had two shots stopped by Howe.

The Big Green continue the series Saturday, Mar. 1, against the Golden Knights. Dartmouth looks to snap three-game losing versus Clarkson and force a decisive third game as the contest gets underway at 3:00 p.m.