Women's hockey: early exit

Badgers fall to Dartmouth

Dartmouth scored two unanswered goals to ushering the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team out of the NCAA Tournament Saturday in Hanover, N.H. In their first NCAA Tournament appearance, the Badgers (28-9-1 overall) fell 4-3 to Dartmouth (27-6-0). Dartmouth advances to face No. 1 Minnesota in the NCAA Frozen Four.

Wisconsin scored all three of its goals in the first period, leading the Big Green 3-2 at the first intermission. Dartmouth, though, put Wisconsin behind with unanswered goals in the second and third period to win.

Dartmouth forward Katie Weatherston scored the game-winning goal at 14:13 in the third period to give the Big Green a lead it managed to protect. Wisconsin pulled junior netminder Meghan Horras with 42 seconds left in the game but could not produce a goal with the extra attacker.

Wisconsin's first score came when junior forward Sharon Cole took a pass from sophomore linemate Sara Bauer and slipped it past Dartmouth goalie Kate Lane 7:37 into the game.

Dartmouth forward Gillian Apps scored at 11:23 in the first period to even the game but Wisconsin junior forward Nikki Burish erased the tie with a goal about two minutes later. But Dartmouth came back to tie the game at 17:22 with a power play goal from Weatherston.

Bauer squeezed in one more goal in what had become an offensive shootout of a first period. Bauer came around Dartmouth netminder Kate Lane's left side and scored with 35.6 seconds left in the period. Wisconsin out-shot Dartmouth 10-9 in that period, although the Big Green dominated the ice in the remaining periods, finishing with 37 shots to Wisconsin's 24.

Dartmouth tied the game in the second period with help from forward Cherie Piper, who fired a shot from the point that got past Horras for the score. Tied at 3-3, the teams headed into the third period, where Weatherston notched the game-winner for the Big Green.

Horras finished with 33 saves while Lane had 21. With the loss, Wisconsin ends its season with a 28-9-1 record, its best finish in school history.

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