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Late Goal Helps Women's Hockey Skate to 3-3 Tie with #5 BC

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By David Silverman(

HANOVER, N.H. - Reagan Fischer scored a pair of third-period goals to help the Dartmouth women's hockey team skate to a 3-3 tie with #5 Boston College Tuesday night at Thompson Arena. With the tie, the Big Green move to 4-1-1 (3-1-0 ECAC Hockey) on the season, while the Eagles are now 4-3-2 (3-2-1 Hockey East).

Fischer's tying goal, her fourth of the season, came with just 1:16 remaining in regulation. Margaux Sharp started the play, sending a pass to freshman Lindsey Allen at the top of the far circle. Allen then fired down low to Fischer, who stuffed the puck past Eagles netminder Megan Miller. That goal was enough to send the game into overtime, and the Big Green held on to tie the nationally-ranked visitors.

Dartmouth trailed, 3-1 heading into the third period before Fischer's first goal of the night pulled the hosts within a goal, 3-2 at the 5:02 mark. With the two squads skating 4x4, the senior captain's first tally of the night came on a shot from the far faceoff circle, which flipped over Miller's right shoulder into the back of the net. Sharp was credited with the primary assist on that play as well, sending a beautiful pass through the neutral zone to a waiting Fischer, who caught the BC offense off-balance. Sophomore Karlee Odland picked up the secondary helper.

The Big Green took an early lead on Lisa Berreman's first goal of the season at 8:37 of the first period. Skating on the power play after BC's Jackie Young was whistled for a hook, Dartmouth strung a series of quick passes together, ultimately finding the senior defenseman at the top of the far circle. She lifted a shot airborne past the BC goaltender to give the home team a 1-0 lead.

Boston College battled back, however, scoring their first of the night just over six minutes later. After the puck was batted away by a Dartmouth defender in the neutral zone, BC's Dru Burns scooped it up and skated down ice toward the far faceoff circle before making a quick pass to teammate Melisa Bazzari. Bizzari one-timed it past Big Green netminder Lindsay Holdcroft for her first goal of the season.

Two second-period goals gave the Eagles a comfortable 3-1 lead heading into the final frame. Haley Skarupa's fifth marker of the season, a hard shot from inside the crease, got past Holdcroft to put the visitors up, 2-1 at 5:21 of the second. Emily Pfalzer and Melissa Bizzari were credited with assists.

Emily Field's power play goal at 10:45 gave BC its first lead of the night, 2-1. The special teams unit kept the puck moving well, forcing Holdcroft to skate back and forth to defend both sides of the net. Catching her on the wrong side of the goal, Field fired into the gap for the two-goal advantage.

During the overtime period, Dartmouth's only chance to score came from Laura Stacey, who sent a hard shot from the near circle straight at Miller, who made the save. The Eagles had a trio of shots of their own in the extra frame, but Holdcroft stopped all three.

Dartmouth outshot Boston College, 31-25 for the game, including 12 second-period shots and 13 more in the third.

Remaining undefeated on the season at 3-0-1, Holdcroft made 22 saves for the Big Green. Miller, who moves to 1-2-2 on the year, stopped 28 between the pipes for the Eagles. 

Dartmouth is back on home ice Friday, November 23, taking on #2 Cornell at Thompson Arena. Puck drops at 7 p.m.