Women's Hockey Dominates Early, Cruises to Win In Home Opener

Schuyler Nardelli notched her first career goal in Tuesday's win
Schuyler Nardelli notched her first career goal in Tuesday's win

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team scored three goals in the first period en route to its first win of the season, a 4-1 decision over UMass Boston in its home opener at Watson Arena on Tuesday.

The Polar Bears stand a 1-1-0 on the year as first-year Anna Bourque and sophomore Schuyler Nardelli each netted their first career goals. The Beacons fall to 2-4-1 this year with the setback.

Bowdoin notched its first goal of the night at 8:30 of the opening period when Mallory Andrews knocked home a rebound in front to give the hosts the lead. The Polar Bears gained a powerplay late in the frame and converted when Nardelli collected the puck on the left circle and wristed a shot to the top-right corner at 18:37. Bowdoin added a back-breaking score with just three ticks remaining in the stanza as rookie Ariana Bourque redirected a Kenzie Novak slapshot to make it 3-0 at the first intermission.

UMass Boston gained a 5x3 power play late in the second period and was able to cut away at the lead as Alexandra Karlis netted her first career goal on the power play at 16:55. But Bowdoin quickly answered on a Chelsea MacNeil goal just 2:03 later to make it 4-1 heading into the third.

Bowdoin goaltender Tara Connolly made it stand, stopping all five shots she saw in the final period to finish with 16 saves. Casey Schaejbe made 34 stops for the Beacons as the Polar Bears held a 38-17 shot advantage.

The Polar Bears will be off for ten days and will return to action on November 30 at Colby. UMass Boston will also play Colby in its next game, at home this Sunday at 3:00 p.m.