Comeback Falls Short as No. 9 Women’s Hockey Falls to Dartmouth, 3-2

Comeback Falls Short as No. 9 Women’s Hockey Falls to Dartmouth, 3-2

Lyndsey Fry got Harvard on the board less than a minute into the game Wednesday night (Gil Talbot).

No. 9 Harvard vs. Dartmouth Highlights

The No. 9 Harvard women's hockey team outshot Dartmouth, 29-19, but dropped a 3-2 decision to the Big Green at Bright Hockey Center Wednesday night. The Crimson moved to 5-2-0 overall with the loss while Dartmouth improves to .500 at 4-4-1 overall.

For the second straight game, the Crimson scored less than one minute after the opening faceoff as Harvard showed its power-play prowess once again. Jillian Dempsey collected the puck in the corner and flung a pass to Josephine Pucci alone near the blueline. Pucci fired a shot on net that made Dartmouth goalie Lindsay Holdcroft lunge to her right, and Lyndsey Fry made a slow redirect off Pucci's shot that trickled into the net for a 1-0 lead just 39 seconds in.

The Crimson killed a pair of penalties in the balk half of the period, extending its penalties-killed streak to 13 straight and ending the first period with a 1-0 lead and 9-8 shots advantage.

The teams traded penalties in the first nine minutes of the second stanza but strong goaltending by both Holdcroft and Laura Bellamy kept the hosts in the lead by one. Dartmouth wouldn't stay quiet for much longer, however, as Kelly Foley stuffed home a trickling puck to knot the score at 1-1 with 9:01 to play in the period. Dartmouth grabbed the lead three minutes later, with Camille Dumais notching her fourth goal of the season just after another successful Crimson penalty kill. Harvard ended the period with a 13-6 edge in shots, but found itself in a 2-1 hole after two.

Harvard had its best chance to even the score midway through the final frame, but the Big Green killed a 5-on-3 power play to get back to full strength. Dartmouth cushioned its lead to two with 2:50 remaining in the contest, when Sasha Nanji knocked a shot past Bellamy into the top shelf. Harvard refused to rollover, as Jillian Dempsey found the back of the net for the fifth time this season with 45 seconds left on the clock, but the Crimson could not muster a shot in the final seconds.

The Crimson shutout Dartmouth on six power plays, giving Harvard 17 straight penalty kills, dating back to Nov. 18 against Clarkson, but converted on just 1-of-7 man-up opportunities in the loss.

The Crimson will take the ice again after Thanksgiving, as it welcomes No. 2/2 Minnesota to Bright Hockey for a two-game series Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's game is slated to begin at 4 p.m.