December 1, 2012

Women's Hockey Stuns Colby With Late Rally To Complete Weekend Sweep

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team scored two goals in the final six minutes of regulation to spark a 3-2 overtime win against rival Colby College today in Watson Arena.

Bowdoin improves its record to 3-1-0  (2-0-0 NESCAC) while sweeping Colby (2-4-0, 0-4-0 NESCAC) this weekend. The Polar Bears have taken seven of the last eight meetings between the schools.

After a scoreless first period, Colby converted on a powerplay at 6:08 into the second. Colby's Carolyn Fuwa sent a hard shot towards Bowdoin goalie Tara Connolly. Connolly's initial stop left the puck loose in front of the net where Lauren Guarente quickly picked up the rebound to put away the first goal of the game.

The Mules came out and doubled their lead with a goal just 1:40 into the third period. Natalie Fischer carried the puck down the left side, finally crossing to the right, she found the inside of the right post to net the second goal of the game.

Bowdoin finally answered back, cutting the Colby lead in half, with 5:54 remaining in the game. After a couple quick passes between Rachel Kennedy and Stephanie Ludy, Colleen Finnerty put in her first goal of the season.

The Polar Bears tied the game at 2-2 with 1:07 left in regulation. Taking the feed from Chelsea MacNeil, Kayte Holtz jumped over a sliding Colby defender and lifted a shot toward the top left corner. The puck cleared Colby goalie Brianne Wheeler's right shoulder and sent the teams into overtime.

Just 53 seconds into overtime, Kenzie Novak netted the winning goal for Bowdoin. Novak took the puck straight in on the Colby net and flicked a quick shot inside the left pipe to cap the comeback. Holtz, who tied the game, was credited with the assist along with Emily Tang. Bowdoin scored all three of its goals within a span of just 6:47.

Wheeler posted 40 saves in the loss for Colby while Connolly made 14 for Bowdoin. The Polar Bears held a substantial 43-16 edge in shots. Colby was 1-4 on the power play while Bowdoin went 1-6.

The Polar Bears will be playing in Watson Arena again on December 7 when they take on Holy Cross. Colby will be on the ice December 3 in Waterville as they face Plymouth State.