Dartmouth fights back to upset No. 5 Harvard, snapping Crimson's streak
HANOVER, N.H. -- After trailing by a goal heading into the third period, Dartmouth scored four times, coming from behind to defeat No. 5 Harvard 4-2 at Thompson Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Big Green are now 10-7-1 and 6-6-1 in ECAC Hockey play after winning four consecutive games. The Crimson, who had not lost since early November, fell to 11-3-2 and 9-2-1 in conference action, seeing their 10-game win streak come to an end in the process.
Leading the team were senior Morgan Illikainen and junior Lindsey Allen, who both ended the day with two points. Illikainen scored Dartmouth’s first goal and assisted on Allen’s, while Allen scored twice, including the equalizer and the empty netter for insurance. It was freshman Brooke Ahbe that ultimately scored the game winner, netting a power-play goal at the 13:51 mark of the third to give Dartmouth its first lead of the afternoon.
“I thought we played a really good team game today,” head coach Mark Hudak said. “We did a lot of little things right and we were patient with the process. I am really excited for the team.”
In a period dominated by the home team, who held a 15-6 shots on goal advantage, it was Harvard that struck first. Six seconds after a Dartmouth penalty, Hillary Crowe pocketed the puck in the right-hand corner of the net to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead at 16:35 of the opening frame.
After a scoreless second period, everything changed in the third when a combined three markers were scored within the span of three and a half minutes. At 7:53, a goal by Illikainen tied the score at one following passes from fellow seniors Karlee Odland and Samantha Zeiss, but Harvard regained the lead once again at 10:19 when Kalley Armstrong scored the Crimson’s second of the afternoon.
Just over a minute later, Allen tied the score at two, skating down the left and past Harvard’s defenders, slipping a wrist shot between the pads of the visiting netminder. At 13:51, the Green and White got its first lead of the game when Ahbe netted her second collegiate goal, with assists going to junior Olivia Whitford and sophomore Emma Korbs. Finally, with just 41 seconds left in regulation and soon after Harvard pulled its goalie, Allen scored the final tally of the game, an empty netter.
Dartmouth outshot Harvard 39-36. Sophomore goaltender Robyn Chemago ended the day with 37 saves, including an impressive 21 stops in the third period alone, while Harvard’s Emerance Maschmeyer totaled 32 saves in the losing effort.