Tess-Wanat and Holtz Lead Third Period Charge as Bowdoin Rallies Past Williams

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team scored three times in the third period of a 4-2 win over Williams on Friday evening.

Kim Tess-Wanat scored the game-tying goal and assisted on Bowdoin's other two tallies in the frame, both scored by Kayte Holtz. The duo finished with a combined six points in the victory, which improves the Polar Bears to 7-7-3 (5-4-0 NESCAC). The Ephs fall to 9-8-0 (5-4-0 NESCAC) with the loss.

Bowdoin got on the board first when Dominique Lozzi dug the puck out of the corner and wrapped it around the post, through the legs of Williams netminder Chloe Billadeau at 8:30 of the opening period. Williams evened the score later in the frame when Cristina Bravi took control of a loose puck in the Bowdoin zone, skated to the slot and lifted the puck past Tara Connolly's glove to even the score at 16:38. Williams took the lead at 11:12 of the second stanza, when Gabrielle Vukasin fed Sam Weinstein in front for a one-timer to give the visitors a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.

Tess-Wanat and Holtz proved to be the difference in the final frame, as Holtz drove to the net, forcing a left pad save that came to the stick of Tess-Wanat. Tess-Wanat knocked home the rebound just 1:41 into the period to knot the score at 2-2. Holtz notched the go-ahead goal at 11:47 by finishing off a scramble in front and then sealed the win at 16:40 by ripping a centering pass from Tess-Wanat glove-side past Billadeau.

Bowdoin held a 33-22 edge in shots for the game as Connolly finished with 20 stops and held Williams scoreless over the final 28:48. Billadeau made 29 saves for the Ephs as the teams combined to go scoreless on the power play (Williams 0-3, Bowdoin 0-7).

Friday's game was the first head-to-head coaching match-up between former Polar Bear teammates Marissa O'Neil '05 and Meghan Gillis '07, both of whom enjoyed decorated playing careers at Bowdoin. O'Neil, the second-year head coach of Bowdoin, and Gillis, the first-year head coach of Williams, also served together as assistant coaches on Amherst's 2009 Division III championship team.