A crucial road win at Alfond Arena on December 9 helped the Dartmouth Big Green improve their record to a 6-4-2 mark.
The Maine Black Bears opened the scoring as Kayla Kaluzny scored on Big Green backstop Lindsay Holdcroft. With Reagan Fischer serving a checking penalty, Kaluzny’s goal was a power play marker. Despite three power play opportunities for Dartmouth, the Big Green ended the first period with not one goal.
The first half of the second period resulted in sloppy play on the part of both teams. Maine was called for five penalties while Dartmouth was called for two. With Megan Menotti and Chloe Tinkler being called for penalties within six seconds of each other (at the 5:44 and 5:50 mark), Brittany Ott worked valiantly to preserve the Black Bears' lead.
At the 18:36 mark of the second stanza, Dartmouth would log its first goal. Morgan Illikainen tied the game with the assist going to Sally Komarek. Thirty-six seconds later, Dartmouth captain Camille Dumais scored on Ott to give Dartmouth its first lead of the game.
Despite the shift in momentum, it would only be temporary as Maine tied the score. With ten seconds left, Shawna Lesperance buried the puck past Holdcroft.
Heading into the final frame, both clubs played stout defense as the first sixteen minutes resulted in scoreless play. Despite four power play opportunities (two for each team), neither team could capitalize.
It would take until the 16:53 mark for the deadlock to be broken as Dartmouth’s Sasha Nanji scored what would stand as the game winning marker. Big Green captain Camille Dumais would earn her second point as she assisted on said goal.
Reagan Fischer would earn career point 100 at the 18:10 mark of the final frame. Fischer and Dumais would assist on Jenna Hobeika’s goal as Dartmouth added to its lead.
With the 4-2 lead standing as the final score, Maine falls to 2-12-1 on the season. The Big Green went 0 for 9 on the power play, but continue to be undefeated against the Black Bears with an 11-0 lifetime mark.