Quinnipiac suffers first loss in ECAC Hockey, falls to Dartmouth in OT

Joe LoGrippo, Women's Hockey Beat Reporter

The Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team (3-5-2, 3-1-0 ECAC) lost its first conference game of the season in overtime to Dartmouth (1-4-0, 1-4-0 ECAC) 3-2 on Saturday at the Frank Perotti, Jr. arena.

The Bobcats were without their captain, Melissa Samoskevich, for the second straight game as she continues to practice with the U.S. women’s national team. The senior’s lack of presence was a factor in the result of the game.

“You never go into a game without Melissa Samoskevich and be the exact same team,” head coach Cassandra Turner said.

While the offense failed to convert on many opportunities, the goaltending for the Bobcats did not live up to expectation either.

Sophomore goalie Abbie Ives was coming off of three consecutive shutouts before Saturday’s game, but allowed three goals in total and the first Dartmouth goal would usually be a routine save.

Dartmouth was the first team to score on Ives since Vermont did back on Oct. 13.

Quinnipiac got on the board early in the first period, as sophomore Taylor House scored her fifth goal this season just 54 seconds into the game. However, six seconds later, the Big Green knotted the score at one apiece on a miscue from Ives.

Tied at one in the second period, Dartmouth jumped ahead 2-1 on a goal scored from the blue line by Bailee Brekke. The goal was her first of the season.

With three minutes to go in the second period, Quinnipiac junior Sarah-Eve Coutu-Godbout scored her first goal of the season, beating Dartmouth goalie Christine Honor.

The two teams buckled down and kept the score at two through the final period and forced overtime. Ives and Honor made big saves when they were tested in the prime moments of the contest.

Just two total shots were taken in the extra frame. The first one was saved by Ives. The second was a goal scored by Dartmouth’s Jennifer Costa to earn the first win of the year for the Dartmouth Big Green.

Although the Bobcats lead in shots with 25, they were unable to finish on enough chances to earn a win.

With an off-week approaching, Quinnipiac has time to work out any kinks as it will shift its focus to Cornell and Colgate the weekend of Nov. 16-17.