Toupal Leads Dartmouth Past Yale

Photo by David Silverman Photography
Photo by David Silverman Photography

HANOVER, N.H. - Senior Sarah Toupal (White Bear Lake, Minn.) posted a career-high four points on two goals and two assists to lead the Dartmouth women's hockey team to a big 6-3 win over Yale on Friday night.

Dartmouth (9-12-2, 6-10-1 ECAC, 4-5-0 Ivy) grabbed two important points in the standings with the win. Senior co-captain Sarah Parsons (Dover, Mass.) continues to be hotwith another multi-point game with three points on a goal and two assists. She now has eight points in her last four games. Freshman Camille Dumais (Beaconsfield, Que.) scored two goals for the second time this season, while classmate Sally Komarek (Minneapolis, Minn.) tallied two assists. Senior netminder Mariel Lacina (London, Ont.) got back on the winning track with 29 saves to earn her sixth win of the year.

Yale (9-11-3, 7-8-1, 2-4-1 Ivy) was led by Alyssa Zupon, who tallied two goals, while Bray Ketchum racked up three assists. Alyssa Clarke also added a goal and Tara Tomimoto helped with two assists. The Bulldogs scored all of their goals on the man advantage. Jackee Snikeris made 39 stops between the pipes in the loss.

Dartmouth got the scoring started 3:42 into the game as Toupal netted her third of the season to make it 1-0. She received a pass from Parsons and flipped an easy backhanded shot that slipped past Snikeris to give the Big Green the game's first lead.

Yale answered with 10:15 left with a power play goal from Zupon to tie the score at 1-1. The goal happened 12 seconds into an extra skater opportunity. Ketchum put a shot on net that was blocked in front and Zupon collected the puck and hit the open net.

Shots were just about even for the first 20 minutes at 12-11 in favor of Dartmouth. Each team had one chance on the man advantage, with Yale capitalizing, while the Big Green failed on its only opportunity.

In the second period, Dartmouth opened it up with two goals in the first 3:19 of the frame to get the lead up to 3-1. Toupal got things started with her second of the night. Komarek won the face-off in the offensive end and it came out to Toupal. She fired a shot that went top-shelf on Snikeris for the score, just 51 seconds into the period. Dumais made it 3-1 about two minutes later. She lost her balance as sophomore Geneva Kliman slid a pass to her at the right circle. Dumais was able to stay on her feet and beat Snikeris inside the near post.

The Bulldogs answered once again with another power play goal to cut the lead to 3-2 with 7:34 remaining. Clarke was able to slip behind Lacina, who lost sight of the puck, and barely pushed the puck over the goal line to make it 3-2.

Senior co-captain Jenna Cunningham (Medicine Hat, Alta.) put Dartmouth back up by two goals with her 16th of the season with the assist going to Parsons. She was camped out in front and Parsons connected on a shot that Snikeris couldn't handle and Cunningham was there for the clean up at 4-2.

Zupon got Yale to within one again on the power play with assists to Ketchum and Tomimoto. Ketchum fired a shot off the back boards and Zupon jammed it home at the far post to cut the lead to 4-3.

Parsons increased the lead to 5-3 with an impressive individual effort. She skated into the zone on a 1-on-3 and moved around on opponent and then fired a low wrister that beat Snikeris just inside the far post. Dumais closed out the night for Dartmouth with her second of the night and eighth of the year coming with 5:31 left and 22 seconds after Parsons.

Dartmouth struggled in both special team areas, going 0-for-5 on the power play and gave up a season-high three power play goals in eight chances for the Bulldogs. Both teams racked up the shots on net as The Big Green held a 45-32 shot advantage on the night.

Pink at the Rink was a success for the Big Green as over 1,000 fans made it to Thompson Arena with many wearing pink to support the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the fight against cancer.

The Big Green will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as Dartmouth takes on Brown at 4 p.m. at Thompson Arena. It's Senior Night for the Big Green and Dartmouth will also be celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day.