January 4, 2013

MacNeil's First Period Hat-Trick Pushes Polar Bears Past Camels

BRUNSWICK, Maine- Chelsea MacNeil scored an opening period hat-trick to lead the Bowdoin College women's ice hockey to a 4-0 win over visiting Connecticut College.

The ninth-ranked Polar Bears extend their unbeaten streak to eight games and improve to 7-1-1 overall and 3-0-0 in conference play. The Camels fall to 4-4-1 with a 1-3-1 conference record.
 
Connecticut College rattled off 11 unanswered shots in the opening minutes of play against the host Polar Bears. Bowdoin's Chelsea MacNeil countered, and converted, on Bowdoin's second shot of the evening, netting the first goal of the game with a deflection at 7:35 into play. Finding space between the goalie's foot and right post, MacNeil doubled Bowdoin's lead just four minutes later to put Bowdoin up 2-0. Closing out the scoring for the first period, MacNeil netted her third goal of the night, putting together a single-period hat trick. Taking a cross-ice pass from teammate Kim Tess-Wanat, MacNeil took the quick wrist shot from the right to send Bowdoin into the locker room with 3-0 lead.
 
The Polar Bears came out strong in the opening minutes of the second frame. Only 2:58 into play Schuyler Nardelli picked up a rebound right in front of the net, to score her team's fourth goal of the game. Connecticut College's big scoring opportunity came around eight minutes into the period when Bowdoin goalie Kayla Lessard was peppered with shots from the Camel's offense, ending with a scramble in front of the net.
 
The third period proved an even match between the two teams. Bowdoin and Connecticut College traded possession of the puck, but neither team was able to capitalize on any scoring opportunities.
 
Kelsie Fralick played an impressive second and third period in net for the Camels. After stepping in at the beginning of the second, Fralick posted 26 saves in two periods of play. Lessard was forced to make half of her saves in the first period alone, making 24 for the game.
 
The Polar Bears and Camels faceoff again tomorrow in Watson Arena at 3:00 p.m.

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