Sasha Nanji's Four Point Effort Leads Dartmouth Past McGill

Mark StaffieriContributor IIOctober 24, 2012

Courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics
Courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics

Dartmouth sniper Sasha Nanji contributed a remarkable effort in a blanking of McGill. The great granddaughter of Hockey Hall of Famer King Clancy, Laura Stacey put on a superlative display as well in her debut game with the Dartmouth Big Green. Thompson Arena hosted the McGill Martlets on October 19 to a very enthusiastic crowd. The Martlets were the bronze medal winner of the 2012 Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s hockey championships.

Stacey and Camille Dumais each logged two goals in a 5-0 blanking of the overwhelmed Martlets. After a first period in which neither team managed to score, Stacey logged the first goal of the contest. With a slashing penalty called to McGill’s Adrienne Crampton at the 7:14 mark, Stacey buried the puck past Andrea Weckman on the Big Green power play. McGill was able to contain the Big Green offense for the rest of the second period but were unable to score on Katie Milligan.

Lindsay Holdcroft stood between the pipes for Dartmouth in the third period. Her experience was a key factor in providing Dartmouth with the confidence to add to their lead. A checking penalty to McGill’s Joanne Cagianos opened the floodgates. Sasha Nanji (who assisted on Stacey’s first goal) logged a power play marker, with assists going to Stacey and Margaux Sharp, respectively. 33 seconds after Nanji’s goal, Stacey added her second of the contest to give Dartmouth an impenetrable 3-0 advantage.

McGill’s fourth penalty of the contest, a cross-checking call on Katia Clement-Heydra led to the Big Green’s third power play goal of the night. Camille Dumais buried the puck past a beleaguered Weckman, with assists going to Ali Winkel and Sasha Nanji. After the goal by Dumais, McGill called a timeout but the Martlets were unable to regroup. A mere 31 seconds later, Gabrielle Davidson and Kim Ton-That were both called for penalties.

Although Dartmouth captain Reagan Fischer would be called for interference a few seconds later, the Big Green were still on a 4-on-3 power play opportunity. The Dartmouth power play proved to be highly effective as Dumais scored on Weckman once more, with the assists going to Sasha Nanji and Olivia Whitford. A frustrated McGill team pulled Weckman out of the net, and replaced her with freshman Taylor Hough.

Dartmouth’s four power play goals were a key factor in the victory, as the Martlets were 0 for 5 on their power play opportunities. The second and third frames saw McGill only register 3 shots in each period. In comparison, the Big Green logged a remarkable 14 and 16 shots. Nanji led all Big Green skaters with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists), while Dumais and Stacey each logged 2 goals and 1 assist.