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Late Surge Falls Short as St. Lawrence Tops Dartmouth, 2-1

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By Mark Washburn
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CANTON, N.Y. - A late third-period surge fell short for the Dartmouth women's hockey team on Friday night as it fell 2-1 to St. Lawrence at Appleton Arena in ECAC Hockey action.

Trailing by a goal in the final minute, the Big Green had a power-play opportunity and pulled goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft. With the two man-advantage, senior defenseman Sasha Nanji had the best scoring chance, but her shot attempt clanked off the post.

With the loss, the Green and White fall to 12-6-3 overall and 7-5-2 in conference play, while the Saints improved to 14-9-2 and 9-3-1 in league contests.

The loss snapped a five game unbeaten streak for Dartmouth, while St. Lawrence won its third straight game over the Big Green.

St. Lawrence opened the scoring in the first period as Rylee Smith potted her 10th goal of the year. The team from the Upper Valley bounced, knotting the game at one in the second as co-captain Reagan Fischer tallied her team-best 13th marker.

The Saints took the lead late in the final period when Amanda Boulier notched her second game-winning goal of the season.

Once again, the special teams unit played a key role in the game for Dartmouth as it killed all eight of St. Lawrence's man-advantage opportunities. However, the Big Green were zero-for-six on their power-play chances.

It was the first time in the last five conference tilts that head coach Mark Hudak's squad failed to tally a power-play goal.

Holdcroft turned aside 26 shots in the losing effort. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native continued her solid play, allowing two or fewer goals for the 11th consecutive game.

Dartmouth looks to bounce back tomorrow, Jan 26, as they head to Potsdam, N.Y. to take on No. 7 Clarkson in ECAC Hockey play. Puck-drop is set for 4:00 p.m.