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Big Green Drop Overtime Thriller to Vermont, 1-0

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women's hockey team dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Vermont, 1-0, on Wednesday evening inside Thompson Arena.

With just over a minute remaining in the extra stanza, UVM's Amanda Pelkey took a feed from defenseman Gina Repaci and skated in uncontested on Dartmouth netminder Lindsay Holdcroft. As Holdcroft slid to her right, Pelkey flipped a backhand that found the back of the net for the gamewinner.

Holdcroft played well in defeat for the Big Green (2-11-0) stopping 24 of the 25 shots she faced, including 10 in the opening period. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native made two point blank saves in the opening minutes to keep the game scoreless.

Pelkey’s team-leading 13th marker of the season for the Catamounts (8-7-4) was the game’s lone goal and snapped a 13-game Dartmouth winning streak versus Vermont.

Offensively, Laura Stacey led the Big Green attack with a game-high six shots on goal. In her second game back from injury, the Kleinburg, Ontario, native produced two of Dartmouth’s best scoring chances.

With the Green and White on the power play midway through the first period, Stacey sent a pass from the high slot that just missed the stick of linemate Lindsey Allen. The duo created another opportunity later as Allen found a streaking Stacey who was stopped on the breakaway by Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville.

Douville played one of her strongest games of the season, making 18 saves to earn her second shutout of the year.

The special teams unit continued its resurgence for Dartmouth, killing all six of their penalties. Over the past two games against Hockey East opponents, the team from the Upper Valley is a perfect 11-for-11 when a man-down. Conversely, on the offensive end, they went 0-for-3 with the man-advantage with three shots on net.

The Big Green return to the ice in 20 days after the holiday layoff, squaring off with Hockey East foe Providence on Dec. 31 at Thompson Arena with puck drop slated for 2 p.m. Dartmouth faces the Friars on New Year’s Eve for the second straight year looking to end 2013 on a high note.