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Fischer’s Goals Propel Big Green Hockey 

  • Boston College forward  Dana Trivigo and Dartmouth right wing Karlee Odland grapple for the puck while their teammates watch from the bench during the Boston College at Dartmouth Women's Hockey game on November 12, 2012. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    Boston College forward Dana Trivigo and Dartmouth right wing Karlee Odland grapple for the puck while their teammates watch from the bench during the Boston College at Dartmouth Women's Hockey game on November 12, 2012.
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  • Dartmouth left wing Ailish Forfar races in front of the pack to get a hold of the puck during the Boston College at Dartmouth Women's Hockey game on November 12, 2012. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

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  • Boston College forward  Dana Trivigo and Dartmouth right wing Karlee Odland grapple for the puck while their teammates watch from the bench during the Boston College at Dartmouth Women's Hockey game on November 12, 2012. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • Dartmouth left wing Ailish Forfar races in front of the pack to get a hold of the puck during the Boston College at Dartmouth Women's Hockey game on November 12, 2012. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • Boston College forward  Dana Trivigo and Dartmouth right wing Karlee Odland grapple for the puck while their teammates watch from the bench during the Boston College at Dartmouth Women's Hockey game on November 12, 2012. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • Dartmouth left wing Ailish Forfar races in front of the pack to get a hold of the puck during the Boston College at Dartmouth Women's Hockey game on November 12, 2012. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

Hanover — Reagan Fischer has long been one of the best players on the Dartmouth College women’s hockey team, but no one would have called the fifth-year senior flashy. Last night, however, the center lit up Boston College goaltender Megan Miller for a pair of third-period goals that lifted the Big Green into a 3-3 tie at Thompson Arena.

The No. 5 Eagles looked like they had a stranglehold on the nonconference contest after 40 minutes, leading 3-1 and outclassing the hosts in every way. But Dartmouth came out a different squad for the final stanza, building a 13-5 shots advantage and causing angry shouts to echo from the visitors’ locker room after the game.

“We know that team is very talented and very fast and we’re not going to beat them individually, we’re going to beat them as a team,” said Dartmouth coach Mark Hudak, whose troops improved to 4-1-1 and are next in action Nov. 23 when No. 2 Cornell (6-1) comes to town. “I was really happy with the way the kids responded in the third period.”

Dartmouth opened the scoring in the ninth minute on a Lisa Berreman shot from the left point. Boston College, a national semifinalist last winter, knocked in a rebound off a rush five minutes before the first intermission for a 1-1 tie.

The Eagles (4-3-2) dominated the second period, holding a 12-5 shots advantage and twice using tic-tac-toe passing to take a 3-1 lead. Boston College took 17 of the game’s first 25 shots and utilized a clear edge in skating and stickhandling to grab momentum with both gloves.

“We just had a real mess part of the second period there, where we went off-script for seven or eight minutes,” Hudak said. “We’d have three people on the same side of the ice on the forecheck, because we were trying to do too much, and we also made some unforced errors with the puck.”

A sign that Dartmouth wasn’t going to wilt came two minutes into the final period when Jessica Gagner jumped on a turnover in center ice and cruised in on a breakaway before losing control of the puck as she threw a head fake at Miller. Three minutes later, Fischer came down the left wing on a 2-on-1 rush and fired a shot inside the far post.

“I saw a little (sliver) of the net there,’’ said the Irma, Alberta, native. Miller “was over a little towards the near post and if you get it just above her (leg) pad, about a foot off the ice, it’s hard for her to get.”

Dartmouth went on the power play with six minutes remaining in the third period, and anticipation filled the announced gathering of 642. A minute into the advantage, however, rookie forward Lindsey Allen delivered a two-handed slash to an opponent behind the Boston College net and the opportunity evaporated.

“That’s a frustrated freshman move, and I wasn’t happy about it at all,” Hudak said. “She turned around and swung her stick and got what she deserved.”

There was little more than a minute remaining in the period when Fischer bailed her teammate out. Lurking in the circle to Miller’s right, No. 19 took an Allen pass from the opposite side of the zone and rifled a shot back past the netminder and under the crossbar. It was a sniper’s goal, the type that can be delivered quickly and under pressure only when hours of practice have been dedicated in advance.

Fischer, who has shared the ECAC’s Defensive Forward of the Year award the past two seasons, said that while she stills take opponents’ goals personally, she’s also worked at becoming less predictable and conservative when she has the puck.

“I’ve worked a lot at shooting to score and not just shooting for a rebound,” she said. “That kind of shot probably wasn’t something I would have done last year or the year before. I would have tried for a safer play, stuffing it (inside the near post) or looking for a pass.”

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Notes: Dartmouth goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft improved to 3-0-1 while making 22 saves. … The Big Green leads the teams’ series 25-4-3. Boston College is 2-16-3 at Thompson Arena. … The Eagles won the schools’ 2011 meeting by a 4-3 score in Chestnut Hill, Mass. … Boston College coach Katie King Crowley played for three U.S. Olympic teams.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com or 603-727-3227.