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Second-Period Outburst Leads Dartmouth Past Colgate, 4-2

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By Mark Washburn
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HAMILTON, N.Y. – A trio of second-period tallies led the Dartmouth women’s hockey team to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory Saturday afternoon against Colgate at Starr Rink in ECAC Hockey action.

The win helped the Big Green (5-13-1, 4-8-1) sweep the season series with the Raiders (5-17-2, 2-10-0) for the third time in the last four seasons. With the triumph, Dartmouth is now riding an eight-game unbeaten streak versus Colgate in league play.

Lindsey Allen continues to impress during her sophomore campaign for the Green and White. Allen scored the eventual game winner with less than a minute remaining in the second period. The marker came just as Colgate killed off a penalty and gave the Big Green a 3-1 lead at the time. The second-year forward’s 10th goal of the season capped the biggest offensive output in a 20-minute stretch for Dartmouth.

With the Green trailing by a goal six minutes into the second period, Katy Ratty knotted the game at one with her second career tally. The freshman is part of young core of players who are starting to come into their own within the Big Green system. Since being paired on a line with Karlee Odland and Ali Winkel, Ratty has thrived. Skating together the three have amassed four goals and eight assists.

Dartmouth senior Lauren Kelly scored for the second consecutive weekend in conference play, netting her third career goal. The Milton, Ontario, native fired a shot that went through traffic and beat Colgate netminder Brittney Brooks to give the Green a 2-1 edge.

Colgate cut the Dartmouth lead to just one at 3-2 early in the third when Miriam Druble scored her team-best seventh goal. Clinging to a one-goal advantage throughout much of the final period, the team from the Upper Valley put the game out of reach as Laura Stacey scored an empty-net goal with under a minute remaining. Stacey’s marker was her second of the year with freshman Kennedy Ottenbreit registering her first career assist.

Colgate’s Taylor Volpe opened the scoring in the contest, netting a marker midway through the opening period. Volpe’s tally gave the home team its first lead against Dartmouth in the last eight periods of action between the conference foes.

Lindsay Holdcroft made 22 saves to earn her fifth victory of the season, while Brooks turned aside 30 shots in a losing effort.

The win was the 201st on the bench for Dartmouth head coach Mark Hudak. Hudak is the only coach in program history to reach the 200-victory plateau.

The Big Green special-teams unit played a pivotal role in the win, going a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. Over the last three games, the Green and White have killed 20-of-21 penalties.

Dartmouth returns to the Upper Valley next weekend, Jan. 24-25, welcoming Rensselaer and Union into Thompson Arena in ECAC Hockey action. The game with the Engineers is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday and puck drop versus the Dutchwomen is Saturday at 4 p.m.