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Women's Hockey Defeats McGill, 5-0, In Exhibition Contest

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By David Silverman(
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HANOVER, N.H. - The lone preseason game on the Dartmouth women's hockey schedule started slowly, but by the time the final horn sounded, it seemed as if the Big Green were already in mid-season form.

Playing in front of a loud home crowd inside Thompson Arena, the Green and White used four third-period goals to distance themselves from visiting McGill during Friday night's exhibition contest.

When it was over, the board hanging above center ice showed the score in favor of the home team, 5-0.

Dartmouth saw freshman Laura Stacey and senior Camille Dumais score two goals apiece to help their team rout the visiting Martlets.

After a scoreless first period, Stacey finally got Dartmouth the first advantage of the night with a tally 8:22 into the middle frame.

However, it was the Big Green's ability to finish the game that was the real story.

Dartmouth scored four times in a span of 4:27 midway through the third to build its lead to 5-0. The sluggish start, apparently the result of the team's first competitive test of 2012-13, was a thing of the distant past by the time the final seconds ticked off the clock.

Senior Sasha Nanji scored on a blast from the point 7:20 into the third and was followed by Stacey's second of the night on the doorstep just 33 seconds later. Dumais slammed the door shut with two wrist shots in the low slot to make it a five-goal game in the minutes that followed, all but ending the night for the Martlets.

Three of those four third-period goals came with the team on the power play. In all, Dartmouth special teams were clicking on all cylinders, going 4-for-6 with the advantage in the game.

The Dartmouth goaltending trio of senior Whitney Woodcox, sophomore Katie Milligan and junior Lindsay Holdcroft combined for the 14-save shutout as each played a period. Milligan was credited with the win, while Woodcox turned aside eight shots in the first, getting the nod as the team's starter.

Big Green skaters dominated the scoresheet, outshooting their opponents, 37-14, including 30-6 in the final 40 minutes of play.

Now, the Green and White must turn their attention to next weekend's season-opening trip to Princeton (Fri., Oct. 26) and Quinnipiac (Sat., Oct. 27) that will finally get the 2012-13 campaign underway.