Niagara University shook up the world of women's college hockey Saturday by upsetting Dartmouth, the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, 3-2, before 477 at Dwyer Arena.
Barbara Prall, Candice Ceelen and Amber Maly scored goals and goalie Tania Pinelli made 34 saves as the Purple Eagles moved closer to clinching one of the eight berths in the ECAC playoffs.
NU (17-12-4, 9-10-4) won despite being outshot, 36-12 -- 30-5 over the last two periods. Although second to Harvard (19-7-0, 18-3-1 ECAC) in the league standings, Dartmouth (20-3-1, 17-3-1 ECAC) was ranked first in the most recent national poll. The Big Green's other losses were to Northeastern and Harvard with a tie against St. Lawrence.
"This was the biggest win in the history of the women's hockey program at Niagara," said Niagara coach Margot Page. "We had a great start and were able to get the lead early. We had a bit of difficulty with our focus in the second and were penalized quite a bit. But in the third, we regained our composure and were able to battle back.
"Even when they scored two goals on us, we were able to have a positive reaction and play smarter and more disciplined."
Prall's second goal of the season made it 1-0 at 4:10 of the first period. Ceelen scored her 13th at 7:44 of the first. Maly's third of the year proved to be the winner at 12:07 of the second. Pinelli had a shutout until 6:34 of the third when Liz Macri scored on the power play. Correne Bredin made it 3-2 at 9:09.
Niagara ends the regular season this afternoon at 2 against Dartmouth.