December 31, 2012

Women's Hockey Completes Midwestern Sweep With Overtime Thriller at Concordia

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Kayte Holtz scored the game-winning goal with ten seconds left in overtime to lift the Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team to a dramatic 4-3 win over Concordia-Moorhead on New Year's Eve.

The ninth-ranked Polar Bears extend their unbeaten streak to seven games and improve to 6-1-1 following a two-game sweep of midwestern opponents. Bowdoin's start is the program's best since opening the 2002-03 campaign 7-0-1 en route to an NCAA Division III Final Four appearance.

In addition to netting the game-winning tally, Holtz collected an assist earlier in the game to reach the 100-point mark for her career. She is just the tenth player in program history ro reach the 100-point plateau and the first since Meghan Gillis and Katie Forney both reached the mark in 2007.

In a back-and-forth contest that featured four lead changes, Concordia appeared to be in great shape to seize the victory when Brittany Oliver scored an unassisted tally with 5:39 to go to push the Cobbers ahead 3-2. Bowdoin pulled goaltender Kayla Lessard for the extra attacker and almost immediately, with 1:21 remaining, got the game-tying tally from Ariana Bourque to force overtime.

The game seem destined to end in a tie until Holtz notched the game-winning score with just 10 ticks left in the extra session. Rachel Kennedy and Kim Tess-Wanat picked up assists on the score.

Chelsea MacNeil and Stephanie Ludy scored second-period goals for the Polar Bears, who also got a pair of assists from Tess-Wanat. Lessard finished with 18 saves to improve to 3-0-1 between the pipes this season.

Bowdoin will return to action on Friday and Saturday when they host a two-game set against NESCAC foe Connecticut College. The Polar Bears will faceoff against the Camels at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

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