November 17, 2012

Women's Hockey Drops Season Opener at Second-Ranked Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - The Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team suffered a 4-1 setback in its season debut at second-ranked Plattsburgh State University on Saturday afternoon.

After a scoreless first period, Plattsburgh State (5-0-1) was able to break through with just 1:06 gone in the second period. Junior Allison Era skated around the Bowdoin defender at the top of the circle and fired a shot past Bowdoin goaltender Tara Connolly to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later, Shannon Stewart made it 2-0, picking up a rebound from Breanne Bennett and Melissa McIver. McIver later scored a goal of her own later in the period to give Plattsburgh a three-goal lead.

After calling a Plattsburgh penalty and a Bowdoin (0-1-0) timeout, the Polar Bears got on the board at the 14:44 mark of the second when Jay Greene's shot from the point went through Sydney Aveson's five-hole. Kenzie Novak and Ariana Bourque picked up assists on Greene's power-play goal.

Plattsburgh's Alyssa Parke rounded out the scoring in the third, netting a power-play goal with assists to Andrea Ziesmann and Emma Rutherford.

The Cardinals held a 36-19 edge in shots and both teams went 1-3 on the power play for the contest. Connolly made 32 stops for the Polar Bears. Aveson turned away 18 shots to improve to 3-0-1 for Plattsburgh.

The Polar Bears will play its home opener on Tuesday evening at Watson Arena against UMass Boston at 7:00 p.m.