HANOVER, N.H. — Sophomore Lindsay Holdcroft (Pittsburgh, Pa.) set a new career high in saves with 43 in a 4-1 home victory over Quinnipiac on Saturday. The win moved the Big Green to 15-7-2 overall and 11-5-2 in ECAC Hockey. The Bobcats fell to 15-12-2 overall and 10-6-2 in the conference.
The two teams entered the night tied for fourth in the conference, but the play of Holdcroft allowed Dartmouth to create some seperation. Quinnipiac fired 44 shots at the sophomore goaltender and Holdcroft stopped all but one, including double-digit saves in each period. The previous high in saves for the Pittsburgh native was 38 in a 3-2 victory at St. Lawrence last season (Feb. 11, 2011).
The Dartmouth offense got going early, scoring on its first shot. After the Bobcats had controlled play through most of the first two minutes, a turnover by Quinnipiac gave the Big Green a two-on-one rush. Junior Camille Dumais (Beaconsfield, Quebec) came down the right side with the puck and waited until the last second before passing across the ice to senior Kelly Foley (South Boston, Mass.). Foley quickly redirected the pass toward the net and it beat freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden, 2:48 into the opening stanza.
The Big Green added their second goal seven minutes later, this time on the power play. Freshman Karlee Odland (Vauxhall, Alberta) controlled the puck in the right faceoff circle and passed it back to junior Sasha Nanji (Markham, Ontaro) at the blue line. Nanji quickly made a crossing pass to junior Margaux Sharp (Carleton Place, Ontario) who fired a shot from the backside to give the team a 2-0 lead. It was Sharp's third goal of the season.
The score remained at 2-0 heading into the first intermission and the Dartmouth added the only goal in the second. Once again on the power play, the Big Green pushed the lead to 3-0 with 8:39 left in the second.
On the goal, Dumais dumped the puck behind the net to Foley. Foley collected it and passed back toward the center of the ice to a cutting Reagan Fischer (Irma, Alberta). Fischer took a shot that sailed over the shoulder of Laden for her 10th goal of the season. Following the score, senior Victoria Vigilanti replaced Laden in net for the Bobcats.
In the third period, Quinnipiac finally got on the board on a power-play goal by Regan Boulton. The Bobcats had more chances in the third, including a five-on-three, but Holdcroft and the Dartmouth defense met the challenge head on. To go along with Holdcroft's 43 saves, the Big Green blocked 15 shots with Fischer leading the way with three.
After Quinnipiac pulled Vigilanti for an extra skater with 1:40 left in the game, Foley added an empty-net goal for her second of the game and her 16th of the season to give Dartmouth a 4-1 win. The Big Green went 2-for-5 on the power play, while holding the Bobcats to 1-for-8 on the power play. Laden took the loss making six saves, while giving up three goals. Vigilanti had 12 saves without giving up a score.
Dartmouth goes out on its final regular season road trip of the season next weekend when it plays at Union on Friday at 7 p.m. and at Rensselaer on Saturday at 4 p.m.