Jan. 3, 2009

 

Courtesy of Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. ­ The third-ranked Dartmouth women's hockey team carried a 1-0 lead into the second period, but Princeton reeled off three goals in the middle frame and cruised to a 4-1 win in conference action at Thompson Arena on Saturday afternoon

For Dartmouth (8-5-2, 6-3-2 ECAC Hockey, 2-2-0 Ivy), senior captain Shannon Bowman (Leamington, Ont.) had the lone tally for the Big Green, while senior netminder Carli Clemis (Taber, Alta.) took the loss with 30 saves between the pipes.

For Princeton (9-8-1, 6-5-0 ECAC Hockey, 2-2-0 Ivy), four different skaters potted goals, led by Melanie Wallace who netted the game-winner in the second period. Kristen Young came to play for the Tigers and pushed aside 26 shots to earn her ninth win of the season.

Dartmouth got on the board first with a shorthanded score from Bowman with 11:21 remaining in the opening period. She received a pass from fellow captain Sarah Newnam (Clifton, Va.) and snuck the puck between the glove and left pad of Young as it trickled into the net for a 1-0 lead. It was her third of the season and first coming a man down.

In the second period, Princeton raced ahead of the Big Green with three goals in the frame, including two unassisted goals that came from Dartmouth turnovers in its own zone.

The first for the Tigers came 2:27 into the second period as Wallace beat Clemis at the doorstep and inside the right post after the Big Green committed a turnover. She fought through traffic and made her own scoring chance to knot the game at 1-1. About two minutes later Princeton took the lead at 2-1 on a goal from Caroline Park. Sasha Sherry fired a shot from the right point that was deflected in midair by Park and passed a surprised Clemis.

Dartmouth had a couple of chances throughout the period. Freshman Kelly Foley (Boston, Mass.) found herself all alone with the Princeton netminder, but Young was up for the task and made the save. Junior Sarah Parsons (Dover, Mass.) also had a one-on-one opportunity and Young stone Parsons to keep it a one-goal game.

Princeton extended its lead to 3-1 late in the second as Julie Johnson sat in the slot and Dartmouth tried to clear the puck, but Johnson was right there to intercept the pass and beat Clemis for some insurance.

In the third period, Dartmouth had a chance to get back in the game with three minutes left as the Big Green went on a 5-on-3 advantage. Dartmouth fired a few shots on net, but no significant scoring chances.

The Tigers closed out the scoring with one minute remaining in the game. Katherine Dineen had a shot blocked, but stayed with the puck and deked out Clemis in front of the net, ending up with a backhand score to make it 4-1 in favor of Princeton.

With the dominance in the second period, Princeton outshot the Big Green 34-27, including a 20-6 advantage in the middle frame. It was the first time this season Dartmouth has been outshot at home. The Tigers capitalized on one power play chance in the six they received, while the Big Green went 0-for-5 on the man advantage.

Dartmouth has a quick turnaround as the Big Green travels to Harvard to face off against the Crimson at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening from the Bright Hockey Center.