DURHAM, N.H. - Gillian Apps scored two goals and assisted on another to propel the second-ranked Dartmouth College women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 4-2 non-conference victory against No. 7 University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.
UNH is now 7-6-2 overall (3-0-1 Hockey East) and Dartmouth is 9-1-0 (4-0-0 ECAC).
With the game tied 2-2 through two periods, Dartmouth scored on its only two shots of the third period to rally from a pair of early one-goal deficits. Apps broke the 2-2 tie at 9:06 of the final frame when she gathered a Tiffany Hagge breakout pass at center ice, entered the offensive zone at the right point, sped past a defender in the circle and wristed a shot from the slot into the net.
UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec; 13 saves) was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 3:43 to play and a teammate in the penalty box. The Wildcats generated pressure and a handful of dangerous scoring opportunities in the ensuing minutes but could not net the equalizer.
With 58 seconds remaining, Meagan Walton picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, charged the empty net and slid the puck across the goal line to secure the victory.
Dartmouth goalie Stephanie Cochran finished with 15 saves.
UNH took an early 1-0 lead on the first goal of the year by Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.), a power-play tally from the right point at 3:51. Rebecca Paul (Sudbury, Ont.) and Lindsey Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) set up the tally.
The Big Green tied the game when Apps scored into an open left side of the net at 7:20 of the first period. The 'Cats regained the lead just 66 seconds later, however, when Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) skated into the zone against two defenders and fired a shot that caromed off Cochran into the net.
Dartmouth once again tied the game at 13:16 of the second period when Apps' crossing pass allowed Cherie Piper to redirect the puck into an open left side of the net.
Cochran turned aside a Wildcat flurry in the third period moments before DC netted the go-ahead goal.
New Hampshire breaks for exams and the holidays before returning to action Jan. 3 (7 p.m.) at Darmouth College. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 16 vs. Maine. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.