BRUNSWICK, Maine- Four different players scored as the Bowdoin College women's hockey team defeated visiting Holy Cross, 4-1, on Friday evening at Watson Arena.
The Polar Bears improve to 4-1-0 on the season with the win. The Crusaders fall to 7-5-1 with the three goal loss.
Bowdoin wasted no time scoring their first goal of the night. With only 2:17 off the clock, Madeline Lane found herself just outside the right circle looking in on the Crusaders' net. After setting herself up, Lane fired off a shot that slipped past goalie Alexandra Stevenson on the left side. The 1-0 score lasted barely two minutes before the Crusaders answered with a goal of their own. At 5:36 into the period, Alex Campione took the puck in for an unassisted goal. After a two goal, five minute opening, the teams played scoreless hockey until only 5:00 remained in the frame. Out of a scramble in front of the Holy Cross net, Stephanie Ludy stepped up to collect the free puck and net the Polar Bear's second goal of the night and her first for the season.
Following a goal-packed opening period, both teams had trouble finding the net in the second. After 13:58 of play, Bowdoin converted on the power play as Kenzie Novak and Emily Tang connected with Rachel Kennedy to up the Polar Bear lead to 3-1. Kennedy came in strong on the right, dodging a Crusader defender, and put the puck in with a quick wrist shot just beyond the reach of Stevenson's outstretched leg.
Following several scoring opportunities, the Polar Bear's increased their lead to 4-1 at 16:21 into the third. After receiving the pass from teammate Chelsea MacNeil, Kim Tess-Wanat challenged the Crusaders' keeper and capitalized on a 1v1 opportunity. Tess-Wanat skated in hard from the right and found the top-left shelf with a quick shot.
Two goalies saw time in net for Holy Cross. Alexandra Stevenson made 24 saves for the Crusaders. Taking her place between the pipes in the third, Krista Manzanares turned away eight shots. Despite an impressive bid by the Crusader offense, Kayla Lessard played a strong game in net for the Polar Bears. Lessard made 12 saves in the game, half of which came during the third period. Tess-Wanat and MacNeil had two assists each in the win.
The Polar Bears will be on the ice again tomorrow, in Watson Arena, against the Norwich Cadets. Face-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.