HANOVER, N.H. — In a game with every goal coming on the power play, the 10th-ranked Dartmouth women's hockey team fell to Princeton, 2-1, on Friday at Thompson Arena. The loss dropped the Big Green to 14-7-2 overall, 10-5-2 in ECAC Hockey and 4-3-1 in the Ivy League. The Tigers improved to 10-10-4 overall, 8-7-2 in the ECAC and 6-2-1 in the Ivy League.
Princeton grabbed a 1-0 lead late in the first period. After Dartmouth committed its second penalty of the stanza with 1:27 left, Princeton won the ensuing faceoff, and freshman Brianne Mahoney had the puck in front of the Big Green bench.
She passed it across the blue line to sophomore Gabie Figueroa who fired the puck at the net from between the circles. Junior Kelly Cooke deflected the puck between two Dartmouth defenders, and it slid past sophomore Lindsay Holdcroft (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for the game's first tally.
The teams would head into intermission with Princeton holding a 1-0 lead. Dartmouth came out aggressive in the second and took 23 shots on net, but senior Rachel Weber was up for the challenge and stopped 22 of them on her way to 41 saves on the night. But before the Big Green could score on Weber, the Tigers used another power play to push the lead to 2-0.
Junior Sally Komarek (Minneapolis, Minn.) was whistled for a hooking penalty 9:24 into the second to give Princeton the extra skater. With the puck in the Dartmouth zone, senior Chrissa Stadnyk took a shot from the blue line, but senior Reagan Fischer (Irma, Alberta) deflected it to the left of the net. Unfortunately for Dartmouth, the puck went right to the stick of junior Corey Stearns who slapped a shot that sailed past a diving Holdcroft and into the right side of the net.
Dartmouth closed the two-goal gap to one three minutes later on junior Camille Dumais' (Beaconsfield, Quebec) 10th goal of the season. On its first power play of the contest, Dumais took a pass from junior Sasha Nanji (Markham, Ontario) and fired a shot from the right faceoff circle that passed in front of Weber but just inside the far post for the goal.
Even with numerous opportunities in the second and the third, Dartmouth could find the equalizer. With 14 minutes left in the third, Komarek and sophomore Ali Winkel (Espanola, Ontario) had a two-on-one rush, but Weber made a sliding save to stop Winkel's shot. Later in the third, Foley took on the Tiger defense, one-on-three, and made a nifty move in front of the net, but Weber was there to stop the shot like she was all night long. The Big Green pulled Holdcroft with 43 seconds left in the game and got off two shots, but Weber stopped both.
The Big Green finished with five penalties and went 1-for-4 on the power play. Princeton committed four penalties and went 2-for-5 on the power play. Holdcroft made 17 saves in the loss.
Dartmouth returns to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. when it hosts Quinnipiac.