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Allen's Third-Period Goal Lifts Dartmouth Past RPI

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By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth forward Lindsey Allen broke a 1-1 tie just under seven minutes into the third period on Friday night to lead the Big Green to a come-from-behind, 2-1, victory versus Rensselaer in ECAC Hockey action at Thompson Arena.

For the second consecutive game, Allen netted the game winner as Dartmouth (6-13-1, 5-8-1) has won back-to-back games for the first time this year.

With the score knotted at one in the final stanza, Catherine Berghuis broke out and was stopped on the doorstep by Engineers' (10-12-2, 6-6-1) goaltender Kelly O'Brien. Allen came flying in and slammed the rebound home to give the team from the Upper Valley a lead they would not relinquish.

Dartmouth netminder Lindsay Holdcroft had arguably her strongest game of the season stopping 29 of the 30 shots she faced. The senior co-captain kept the Green and White in the game with eight saves in each of the first two periods. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native has been between the pipes for all five of the Big Green’s league wins in 2013-14. On the opposite end, O’Brien turned aside 22 shots in a losing effort.

RPI’s Toni Sanders opened the scoring 8:50 into the first period. The senior’s fifth tally of the season was the lone goal in the first 20 minutes and came on the power play. Alexa Gruschow and Kathryn Schilter started the play with nice passes to earn assists.

Less than 90 seconds into the second, Dartmouth tied it up as Laura Stacey came breaking in on a partial breakaway and used a nice deke to beat O’Brien. Stacey’s marker was her third of the year with Berghuis registering the primary assist with the outlet pass.

Dartmouth’s top line of Allen, Stacey, and Berghuis continued their strong play, combining for all four of the home team’s points. Over the last two games, the trio have torched the competition for four goals and six assists.

With the triumph, the Green and White swept the season series against Rensselaer for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign.

The Big Green finish a weekend of conference action tomorrow, Jan. 25, squaring off with Union. The contest is slated to get underway at 4:05 p.m. as Dartmouth is looking to avenge a 3-0 loss to the Dutchwomen earlier this season.