BRUNSWICK, Maine - Behind outstanding goaltending, the Bowdoin and Norwich women's ice hockey teams skated to a 1-1 tie at Watson Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The third-ranked Cadets move to 6-1-3 overall this season while the Polar Bears stand at 4-1-1. The game was the final fall semester game for both squads.
Both teams traded good chances in a scoreless opening period. Bowdoin's Stephanie Ludy had a pair of nice chances just moments apart midway through the frame, with her first chance in front slipping wide of the goal and her second hitting the pipe. Norwich answered with a couple of quality chances, as Bowdoin's Kayla Lessard stopped a breakway chance by Norwich's Renee Lortie and then flashed an excellent glove save on a wrist shot from Tyne Gove later in the stanza to keep the game scoreless after twenty minutes.
Bowdoin got on the board first in a penalty-filled second period, converting on a 5x3 power play as Ludy redirected a Rachel Kennedy shot on the back post at 14:24. Norwich had a pair of great chances to tie the game before the end of the second, but Lessard swept aside a shot from Jillayne DeBus and Gove hit the pipe with just seconds left in the frame as Bowdoin carried a one-goal edge into the second intermission.
Both teams squandered power play chances early in the third period as the teams both had solid goal-scoring opportunities. Lessard made two fantastic glove saves off the stick of DeBus with under six minutes to play before Kelly Fish answered with a sparkling stop for Norwich on a Kayle Holtz shot with 4:15 left.
After pressuring the net for a long stretch late in the period, the Cadets finally drew even with under two minutes to play. Vanessa Champagne took the initial shot from the left slot that Lessard stopped. The puck bounced loose to the rigft of the net where Tori Charron flipped it top-shelf over a sprawling Lessard to even the score with 1:46 remaining in regulation.
Bowdoin had the better chances to win in overtime, with a trio of great opportunities with under a minute to play. Holtz was stopped point-blank by Fisk with 33 seconds left and both Ariana Bourque and Kennedy had in-close chances in the closing moments that the Norwich netminder stopped to preserve the tie.
Lessard made 36 saves in goal for Bowdoin while Fisk stopped 28 for Norwich. Bowdoin went 1-8 on the power play while Norwich went 0-6.
Bowdoin will return to action with two games in the midwest later this month. The Polar Bears will play at St. Norbert in Wisconsin on December 29 before playing at Concordia in Minnesota on December 31. Norwich will play next at Plattsburgh on January 6.