TROY, N.Y. — The 10th-ranked Dartmouth women's hockey team held a 2-0 lead after the first period at Rensselaer on Saturday, but the Engineers scored four goals in the final two periods to claim a 4-2 victory. The loss dropped the Big Green to fifth in the ECAC with a 16-8-2 record overall and a 12-6-2 mark in the conference. RPI improved to 9-19-4 overall and 6-12-2 in the league.
Dartmouth opened the game's scoring at 3:42 as rookie Karlee Odland
(Vauxhall, Alberta) collected a pass at the top of
the circles from senior Erica Dobos (Bethel Park, Pa.). Odland shifted to the right, beating RPI goaltender Brianna Piper on the left side.
The Big Green made it a 2-0 advantage minutes later on the 11th tally of the season by junior Camille Dumais (Beaconsfield, Quebec). Senior Reagan Fischer (Irma, Alberta) started the play, taking it in front the neutral zone and fired it over to Dumais, who backhanded it in at the left post.
Dartmouth took the 2-0 lead into the second period and it looked like it was going to stay that way until late in the stanza. RPI scored its first goal with 3:17 remaining as freshman Taylor Mahoney notched her first career tally.
Sophomore Toni Sanders tied the score less than two minutes later after receiving a pass from Alisa Harrison. Sanders collected the puck off a cross-ice pass and one-timed it into the right corner for the score.
Freshman Eleeza Cox then gave the Engineers their first lead of the game when she flipped the puck up over the shoulder of sophomore Lindsay Holdcroft at 19:13. In the final period, the Engineers pushed the lead to 4-2 as Taylor Horton netted her sixth of the season at 5:37.
Holdcroft finished the game with 30 saves, but the four goals allowed were the most since the 5-4 victory at Cornell on Nov. 11.
Next weekend are the final two games of the regular season for the Big Green. The team hosts Yale on Friday at 7 p.m. and Brown on Saturday at 4 p.m.