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Women's Hockey Downs Princeton, 3-1 in Season Opener

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By Mark Washburn
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PRINCETON, N.J. — The Dartmouth women's hockey season opener ended in the Big Green's favor with a win over the Princeton Tigers, 3-1. With the victory, Dartmouth improves to 1-0 on the season and 1-0 in ECAC Hockey. The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Senior captain Reagan Fischer's second period goal gave the Big Green the lead for good, 2-1, and rookie Lindsey Allen added the first goal of her career, a power-play marker with 20 seconds left in the frame that gave the visitors a two-goal advantage.

Shots were in Dartmouth's favor in the first period 11-3, setting the tone for the remainder of the game. Of Dartmouth's 11 shots, seven of them came during its first power play. Karlee Odland put the Big Green on the board at 5:31 with the first goal of her career, a power play tally with assists credited to rookie defender Olivia Whitford and senior Margaux Sharp.

Princeton would triple its shots on goal to nine over Dartmouth's eight during the second period. However, Fischer gave the Big Green a two-goal cushion midway through the second on a pass from Sharp, who collected her second assist of the night.

Senior Alex Kinney broke through for the Tigers at 18:08 of the second, redirecting a shot from junior Rosa Alleva from the point. The wind was taken out of the Tigers' sail though when freshman Lindsey Allen scored one for the Big Green less than a minute later, Dartmouth's second power play goal of the game.

Two minutes into the final frame, Princeton had a two-man advantage over the Big Green. But junior netminder Lindsay Holdcroft denied the Tigers, and did it again at the end of the period when Princeton had another 5x3. The home squad pulled goalie Kimberly Newell with 2:58 to go in the game to give itself a 6x3 edge. The Tigers put five shots on goal in during those last few minutes, but Holdcroft was impenetrable. Newell finished the game with 28 stops for Princeton.

Holdcroft was a force in net for the Green and White, allowing just one goal and stopping 22 shots. In the final two periods of play, she made 19 saves, including 10 crucial stops in the final frame.

Dartmouth faces Quinnipiac tomorrow in Hamden, Conn. The puck drops at 4:00 p.m.