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Big Green Explode For Seven Goals in Senior Day Victory

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By John and Matt Risley

HANOVER, N.H. - Senior Sasha Nanji and sophomore Karlee Odland each netted a pair of goals for the Dartmouth women's hockey team en route to a 7-2 victory against St. Lawrence on senior day inside Thompson Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The seven-goal outburst for the Big Green is their highest since putting a 10 spot on the board against Yale on Feb. 17, 2011.

With the victory, the Green and White end the regular season with a record of 16-8-5 overall and 11-7-4 in ECAC Hockey play to claim the six seed heading into the upcoming ECAC Hockey Tournament.

Senior co-captain Reagan Fischer opened the scoring just over 11 minutes into the opening period as she converted a pass from classmate Margaux Sharp and junior Lauren Kelly. Fischer's goal was her team-best 15th of 2012-13.

Nanji scored her first marker of the game with 49 ticks left in the first to give the Big Green the 2-0 advantage heading into the second.

A trio of second period goals put the game out of reach for the Saints and gave the team from the Upper Valley a commanding 5-0 lead. Odland, Nanji and Laura Stacey found the back of the net to give Mark Hudak's team some breathing room.

Stacey scored for the second straight contest and capped her freshman year scoring in three of the team's last six games.

In the third period, Odland scored an empty netter and Morgan Illikainen scored on the power play with under a second remaining in the game to seal the victory for Dartmouth. The multi-goal game was the first of Odland's career.

The special-teams unit broke out of their slump scoring with the man-advantage for the third time in the last four games. The team converted four of their seven power-play chances.

Junior Lindsay Holdcroft picked up her 15th win of the season stopping 20 shots, while senior Whitney Woodcox saw her first action of the year playing six minutes.

The Big Green return to the ice next weekend, March 1-3 heading to Cambridge to take on Ivy League rival Harvard in the ECAC Tournament Quarterfinals. Dartmouth and Harvard square off in the best-of-three series beginning Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.