HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s hockey team closed out the 2013 calendar year with a dramatic 3-2 triumph over non-conference Providence Tuesday afternoon inside Thompson Arena.
A trio of third-period tallies by the Big Green (3-11-0) erased a 2-0 deficit to the visiting Friars (7-12-0). For the second straight season, the two regional rivals met on New Year’s Eve and for the second time Dartmouth bested PC.
The come-from-behind victory gave senior netminder Lindsay Holdcroft the 50th win of her career, becoming the fifth goaltender in program history to reach the milestone mark for victories. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native turned aside 28 shots, highlighted by eight in the final stanza.
With the game tied at two and just under seven minutes remaining in regulation, Karlee Odland stole the puck at the Providence blueline and skated in on Friars goaltender Sarah Bryant. Odland’s backhand was turned away with the blocker, but senior Ali Winkel knocked home the gamewinner.
Winkel’s tally was her second of the season and her second career game-winning goal.
Kennedy Ottenbreit opened the scoring the for Big Green 42 seconds into the third period. The freshman center took a feed from defenseman Olivia Whitford and skated coast-to-coast firing a shot from just inside the left circle that beat Bryant short side. The man-up marker was the first in her young career.
Zoe Brennan was the other goal scorer for Dartmouth, firing a shot from the point that deflected off a Providence skater in front of the net and found the back of the net. Brennan’s goal was her first since Jan. 5 2013, at Union.
Molly Illikainen put the visitors on the board just 18 seconds into play as she fired a shot past Holdcroft off a rebound. The other Providence tally came midway through the second as Allison Micheletti registered her third marker of the season.
The victory gives Dartmouth head coach Mark Hudak 199 for his career. The special teams unit was strong once again for the team from the Upper Valley, killing all three penalties. Hudak’s squad has now killed 14 penalties in a row over the last three tilts. Devon Moir registered her first collegiate point, picking up the primary assist on Brennan’s goal.
The Big Green return to the ice on Saturday, Jan. 4, traveling south to square off with Boston University. The tilt with Terriers is the final non-conference game of the season and is slated for a 3 p.m. start.