MIDDLETOWN, Conn.- Chelsea MacNeil scored her team-high ninth goal of the year in a 4-1 Bowdoin women's hockey win over Wesleyan College.
Seventh ranked Bowdoin (10-1-1, 5-0-0 NESCAC) extended its unbeaten streak this season to 11 games and raised its all-time record against Wesleyan (4-9-0, 1-6-0 NESCAC) to 44-3-1, including a 27-game unbeaten string (26-0-1 since 1998).
Bowdoin and Wesleyan played almost twenty minutes of scoreless hockey in their opening stanza. Rachel Kennedy broke the stalemate with 1:26 to play in the first. Capitalizing on the power-play, Kennedy netted her shot from the right circle after receiving a pass from just inside the blue line by junior Emily Tang. The goal was Kenney's fifth on the season, and closed out the period with a 1-0 Bowdoin lead.
Stephanie Ludy doubled Bowdoin's lead in the second period with a power-play goal of her own at 11:00.
Ludy tracked down a rebound off a hard shot by Kenzie Novak, and pushed the puck past Ashleigh Corvi. At the end of the two, the Polar Bears lead 2-0.
Wesleyan came out strong in the opening five minutes of the third period with a couple of good scoring chances. Jordan Schildhaus scored her team-leading sixth goal of the game at 2:49 to cut Bowdoin's lead to one. Cara Jankowski won the face-off for Wesleyan and fed Schildhaus the puck, which she put home for the goal. MacNeil added her team-high ninth goal of the year with 6:04 left to pad the margin to 3-1. Capitalizing on another rebound, this time a point shot by sophomore Schuyler Nardelli, MacNeil lifted a shot over a fallen Corvi. An empty-net goal with :46 remaining by senior Kim Tess-Wanat wrapped up the scoring.
Bowdoin outshot the Cardinals 37-20 in the game. Corvi made 33 stops for Wesleyan, 26 coming in the opening two periods of play. Kayla Lessard appeared in net for the Polar Bears and made 19 stops.
The Polar Bears take on the Cardinals again tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM in Connecticut.