HANOVER, N.H. — Just 22 seconds into overtime on Friday, 10th-ranked St. Lawrence won game one of the best-of-three ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Series over Dartmouth, 4-3, at Thompson Arena. The win moved the Saints 21-9-4, while the Big Green dropped to 18-9-2.
With the overtime period barely underway, St. Lawrence took game one on junior Kelly Sabatine's second goal of the contest. She collected the puck off a drop pass, and then skated from the near circle toward the center of the ice. With a defender blocking goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft's (Pittsburgh, Pa.) view, Sabatine's slap shot slid in the right side to claim the victory.
One of the highlights of the night for the Big Green came with the team trailing 2-1 in the second. With three minutes left in the stanza, Dartmouth tied the score when junior Camille Dumais (Beaconsfield, Quebec) beat the Saints goaltender Carmen MacDonald one on one. After a senior Reagan Fischer (Irma, Alberta) pass slipped through a defender, Dumais only had to beat the goalie. Dumais skated down the left side and then crossed over in front of the crease and put a backhand inside the far post.
The goal gave the forward the 100th point of her career; just two games after teammate Kelly Foley (South Boston, Mass.) reached triple digits. Dumais added a goal later in the game and now has 44 goals and 57 assists for 101 points.
The two squads went into the third period tied, 22, but the Saints took a 3-2 lead 10:27 into the third after Alley Bero scored her fourth goal of the season. Bero was left unchecked in front of the crease and received a pass from Vanessa Emond. Bero flipped the puck over Holdcroft and it hit the cross bar and fell across the line.
The Big Green tied the game 20 seconds later when a Foley pass found a streaking Dumais by herself on the far left side. Dumais skated down to the face-off circle and flipped a shot past a St. Lawrence defender and MacDonald for her second goal of the game.
Dartmouth finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Saints finished 1-for-3. Holdcroft made 16 saves in the loss, while MacDonald stopped 22 shots. St. Lawrence had two goals waived off in the game. The first came after a replay review overturned an apparent Saints' goal, and the second came with St. Lawrence scoring with too many skaters on the ice.
The Big Green took a 1-0 lead late in the opening period after the Saints defense turned it over in their own end. Fischer took the puck on the far side and skated across the ice to the near side. She turned a fired a slap shot from the face-off circle and freshman Karlee Odland (Vauxhall, Alberta) was standing in front of the crease to deflect the puck into the net. It marked Odland's fourth goal of the season.
Dartmouth lost the opening game in the best-of-three first round series last year at home to Clarkson before rebounding to win the final two games on Saturday and Sunday. The Big Green will have to do that again this season, starting on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The game was the eighth time this season Dartmouth went to overtime. The team has a 3-3-2 record in those contest. It contest was the 100th in the career of senior Jenna Hobeika (Alpine, N.J.) she became the fourth senior this year to reach the century mark after Moira Scanlon (Chicago, Ill.), Erica Dobos (Bethel Park, Pa.) and Foley.