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Nanji Breaks Tie, Fischer Reaches 100 Points in 4-2 Win at Maine

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By Doug Austin

ORONO, Maine - With 3:07 remaining in the third period, senior Sasha Nanji scored her second goal of the season to snap a 2-2 deadlock with Maine and help the Dartmouth women's hockey team to a 4-2 non-conference victory Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena.

The third-period marker helped the Big Green (6-4-2) earn a weekend sweep of the Black Bears (2-12-1) and head into the winter break on a two-game win streak.

In the final two minutes, senior Reagan Fischer helped set up classmate Jenna Hobeika with the insurance marker and a two-goal advantage. The assist was Fischer's 100th career point, allowing her to become the 35th player in program history to reach the milestone scoring mark.

Nanji's tally proved to be the winner, but it was once again senior Camille Dumais who made the biggest impact on the scoresheet Sunday afternoon, notching a goal and two assists for a seven-point weekend in Orono.

After Saturday's hat trick gave the fourth-year forward 50 goals in her Dartmouth career, Dumais scored her fourth in the last two days to give the Green and White a 2-1 lead with just 48 seconds left in the middle period.

That advantage would be short-lived as Maine's Shawna Lesperance tied it with 10 seconds showing on the clock, sending the teams to the third knotted at two apiece.

It was defenseman Morgan Illikainen that got Dartmouth on the board initially with her second of the year at the 18:36 mark of the opening frame, setting the table for late-period heroics still to come.

After Nanji's goal broke the tie, Hobeika put the game away with her second of the year as the scoreboard showed just 1:50 remaining. Dumais assisted on the final two Dartmouth goals to give her three points on the afternoon, just a day after a four-point effort to get the weekend started.

Hobeika also finished with multiple points assisting on Dumais's second-period score.

Fischer came into the weekend with 95 career points, but a four-point effort of her own in Saturday's 6-1 win and her third-period assist on Sunday gave the senior co-captain five points on the weekend and 100 for her career.

Junior Lindsay Holdcroft stopped 19 shots in the Big Green crease, improving to 5-3-2 with the victory. Her counterpart in the Black Bears' Brittany Ott turned aside 32 Sunday afternoon and finished the weekend with 87 as the visitors peppered the home goaltender over the two meetings.

Dartmouth once again held distinct advantages in shots, 36-21, and face offs won, 38-16.

The Big Green have never lost to the Black Bears, improving to a perfect 11-0 mark in the all-time series against the team from Orono with the weekend sweep.

Now, the Green will enjoy a bit of a respite before returning to the ice on Monday, December 31 as they travel to Providence for a 2 p.m. matinee with the Friars on New Year's Eve.