HANOVER, N.H. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team was defeated by ECAC Hockey opponent No. 10/10 Dartmouth, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at Thompson Arena. With the loss, Quinnipiac falls to 10-6-2 in ECAC Hockey action (15-12-2 overall), while Dartmouth improves to 11-5-2 in league play and 15-7-2 overall.
Junior defender Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) potted Quinnipiac's goal midway through the third period of action, but a career game from sophomore goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft (career-high 43 saves) kept the Bobcats at bay for most of the contest.
Dartmouth found the back of the net first, netting an early goal at the 2:48 mark into the opening period on senior forward Kelly Foley's 15th score of the season. The Big Green staged a counterattack as Foley and junior forward Camille Dumais skated in with a two-on-one advantage. Dumais held the puck until the defender committed, where she then laid off a pass to Foley who finished the opportunity.
Quinnipiac responded with multiple scoring chances of its own, as sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and freshman forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) each nearly tied the score in the following minutes on solo opportunities, but Holdcroft denied both Bobcats of a goal.
The Big Green capitalized on its second power-play of the period, extending its lead to 2-0 on junior defender Margaux Sharp's backdoor tap-in at the 9:29 mark into the first stanza. On the score, junior defender Sasha Nanji slid a cross-crease pass to the open Sharp, earning her 11th helper of the year on the score. The goal for Sharp was her season's third, while freshman forward Karlee Odland was also awarded an assist, her second of the season.
Dartmouth added its third goal of the contest on its second power-play score of the afternoon, as senior forward Reagan Fischer sniped in her 10th tally of the season. Dumais and Foley were each credited with an assist on the score, as Fischer found herself with open shooting space in front before she fired in the shot over the left shoulder of freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.).
Following the goal, Laden was replaced by junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario), who would play for the remainder of the contest for Quinnipiac. Laden made six saves during her time in net, while Vigilanti turned away 12 shots.
The Bobcats found their offense in the third period on a power-play goal at the 8:17 mark, as junior defender Regan Boulton's (Brandon, Manitoba) slap-shot closed the gap to 3-1. Boulton received a pass after Kosta worked hard to collect her own rebound, where she knocked the puck up ice to the waiting Boulton. Kosta was credited with her 16th assist of the year on the score.
Quinnipiac picked up the intensity following the goal, applying increased pressure on the Big Green defensively. Following the goal, Dartmouth proceeded to commit three straight penalties in the next four minutes of action, at one point giving Quinnipiac a 5-on-3 power-play advantage, but the Bobcats were unable to capitalize.
Dartmouth's Foley netted her second goal of the contest at the 18:39 mark on an empty net score, giving the game its final score, 4-1. Foley intercepted the puck in Dartmouth's defensive zone and tossed the puck into the net from center ice.
Overall, Quinnipiac owned a substantial shot advantage, 44-to-22. The Bobcats were 1-for-8 on their power-play opportunities, while Dartmouth went 2-for-5 on its extra skater chances.
Quinnipiac looks to bounce back when it returns home next weekend to HighPoint Solutions Arena to host ECAC Hockey opponents St. Lawrence and Clarkson on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.
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