Overtime Goal Lifts Dartmouth Over Quinnipiac

Overtime Goal Lifts Dartmouth Over Quinnipiac

HAMDEN, Conn. – Sophomore Jennifer Costa's first goal of her career scored with just over a minute to go in overtime lifted the Dartmouth women's hockey team over Quinnipiac at the Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena on Saturday afternoon.
 
The Big Green picked up their first win of the 2018-19 season and improved to 1-4-0 both overall and in ECAC Hockey play, while the Bobcats dropped their first conference game, dipping to 3-5-2 overall and 3-1-0.
 
Dartmouth is the first team to score against Quinnipiac since a 3-3 tie against Vermont on Oct. 13. Since then, the Bobcats had shut out Brown (4-0), Yale (2-0) and Harvard (1-0). This is Quinnipiac's first loss in almost a month.
 
Seven different players had eight points, being led by senior Tess Bracken with her two points from a goal and an assist. Sophomore Bailee Brekke scored the second goal, while freshman Sara McClanahan, junior Rose Falzone and senior Caroline Shaunessy picked up assists. Senior netminder Christine Honor ended the game with 23 saves, earning her first win of the year.

"I am really proud of our players' efforts this afternoon," head coach Laura Schuler said. "We showed a tremendous deal of discipline and commitment to playing a full 60 minutes. The girls really bought in and found a way to keep the pressure on."
 
Less than a minute and a half into the first period, the score was tied at 1-1. Quinnipiac got on the board first just 54 seconds in, but the Bobcats did not get to enjoy that led for long, as Bracken scored her first of the season less than 25 seconds later, with the assist going to Costa. With less than a minute to go, a Quinnipiac shot banked off the crossbar and traveled behind Honor, but flew out the other side of the net instead of settling.
 
Tied at 1-1 to start the second, it did not take long for the tie to be broken. At 6:03, Brekke scored her second collegiate goal and her first since her freshman year. McClanahan picked up her second point of the weekend, while Falzone got her second point of the season. Determined not to be trailing heading into the third period, Quinnipiac got one back in the 17th minute.
 
Both teams fought to score the go ahead in the third, making both Honor and Quinnipiac's Abbie Ives work in overdrive. With neither team being able to solve the goalies, the teams headed to overtime, a first this season for Dartmouth.
 
Just two shots were taken in OT, both by Costa. The Big Green sophomore's first attempt was saved by Ives, while the second beat her, ending the game with just over a minute to go in the extra period.
 
Dartmouth has a busy week ahead as it goes into a three-game homestand. First up for the Green will be a Tuesday-night contest against Vermont.