MIDDLETOWN,Conn. – Stephanie Ludy scored a hat trick and Arianna Bourque supplied a pair to lead Bowdoin women's hockey to a win over Wesleyan College 7-2 this afternoon in Connecticut.
The seventh-ranked Polar Bears extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games and improve to 11-1-1 (6-0 NESCAC) for the season. Bowdoin is the only team with a perfectNESCAC record. The weekend sweep leaves Wesleyan 4-10-0 on the season with a 1-6-0 NESCAC record.
The Cardinal offense started the game's scoring with just 1:45 off the clock. Cara Jankowski spun in the left circle and sent the puck into the crease where Glenn Hartman-Mattson poked in her first goal of the year on a Wesleyan power play. The Polar Bears didn't put themselves on the board until the closing minutes of play in the first. With 1:04 left, Chelsea MacNeil redirected the puck justinside the right post, on a shot that was going well wide of the cage.
Bowdoin produced four goals in the second period. Emily Tang scored her first goal of the year off a Bowdoin power-play just under three minutes into the frame. Bourque produced her own extra-man point at 3:20 to put the Polar Bears up 3-1. The freshman forward netted her team's fourth goal of the game at 8:14 into the second. Ludy scored her first goal of the night, with under five minutes remaining in the period. The Polar Bears took their 5-1 to the locker room.
Wesleyan narrowed the margin to 5-2 when Jordan Schildhaus knocked the puck in at 6:05 into the third. A costly boarding penalty on Wesleyan allowed Ludy to supply her team with a pair of goals over a span of just 1:25. The Polar Bears converted on five power-plays over the course of the night, to achieve their 7-2 victory.
Ashleigh Corvi collected 44 saves while playing 55 minutes in net for the Cardinals. KaylaLessard covered the Bowdoin net for 54 minutes, stopping 16 shots. Laura Corcoran came in and made two saves for Wesleyan while Beth Findlay relieved Lessard and picked up four saves for the Polar Bears.
Bowdoin will face University of Southern Maine on January 15 at 7:00 PM in Gorham.