January 6, 2012

Women's Ice Hockey Falls To Dartmouth, 3-2

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HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) and sophomore Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) each registered a goal on Friday evening, but the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team dropped a 3-2 decision to Dartmouth College at the High Point Solutions Arena. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 13-8-1 overall and 9-3-1 in ECAC competition, while the Big Green improve to 8-5-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the league.

Dartmouth grabbed two early goals (just 1:04 minutes of action into the first period) from junior Camille Dumais and senior Erica Dobos to take the 2-0 lead. The Bobcats then regained their composure and held the Big Green scoreless through the next 40 minutes of action.

Quinnipiac notched its first goal of the evening on a power-play score from Wheeler at the 12:53 mark into the second period to make the score, 2-1. The senior collected a rebound following a shot from junior Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba), as sophomore goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft was unable to control the laser from the point. Wheeler then tapped in her second goal of the year, while Boulton earned her sixth assist and sophomore Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) was credited with her second helper of the year.

Dartmouth replied with its third goal of the contest at the 1:57 mark into the third period of play on a power-play goal from senior Jenna Hobeika, making the score, 3-1. The Bobcats closed the gap to 3-2 with just over three minutes remaining in the third frame on Colin's fifth goal of the year, but were unable to find the equalizer before the game's final whistle.

Despite the slow start, the Bobcats owned a substantial shot advantage in the final two periods of action, 24-to-14. Overall, Dartmouth outshot Quinnipiac 29-to-27. Junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) turned away a game-high 26 shots, while her counterpart Holdcroft made 25 saves for the Big Green.

Each team was successful on one power-play opportunity on the evening, as Quinnipiac went 1-for-2, while Dartmouth went 1-for-3.  

Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow afternoon when it hosts No. 8/10 Harvard on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu