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Big Green Return From Break With 4-2 Win at Providence

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By Mark Washburn

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Coming out of a three-week hiatus didn't slow down the Dartmouth women's hockey team Monday afternoon in Providence, defeating the Friars, 4-2, at Schneider Arena.

The win pushed the Big Green's streak to three straight after sweeping Maine on the road to end the first half of the season earlier in December.

Dartmouth (7-4-2) has not lost to the Friars (8-9-4) since Mark Hudak took over as head coach in 2003-04, boasting a 10-0-0 record against Providence in that time.

Lindsay Holdcroft turned aside 32 in the effort, improving to 6-3-2 on the season with the win. The junior netminder was tested in the second period as Providence put 13 shots on goal, all of which were turned away.

Jenna Hobeika and Samantha Zeiss scored goals 2:18 apart in the early stages of the first period to give the visitors the early two-goal advantage. The Friars answered back a few minutes later with Lexi Romanchuck finding the back of the net to cut the deficit to 2-1 after one.

For Zeiss, it was her first of the season and the second in 37 career games. Hobeika's was her third of the year and second in as many games, while pushing her point streak to four.

Freshman Ailish Forfar notched her first career goal 9:47 into the second period to put the Big Green back on top by two, 3-1. The goal was also the first point of her young career in a Dartmouth sweater.

Forfar picked a solid time for her first as it also stands as the first game-winning marker of her career as well.

After Providence scored its second of the day, this time from Nicole Anderson, reigning ECAC Hockey Player of the Week Camille Dumais notched the insurance marker with five minutes left in regulation.

Dumais's eighth of the year was also her second point of the night, as she assisted on Hobeika's goal in the first. She now has nine points in the team's last three outings and ranks second on the team with 15 this season.

Dumais trails only Reagan Fischer in points after the senior co-captain picked up a helper on the night to push her total to 16 in 13 games played, one more than Dumais.

The Big Green return to ECAC Hockey action on Friday, Jan. 4 when they travel to Troy, N.Y., to take on Rensselaer at 7 p.m. That contest will be followed up the following day just down the road in Schenectady with a Saturday matinee with Union.