WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Bowdoin women's ice hockey team put together a dominant 5-0 performance this afternoon against the Williams College Ephs.
The sixth ranked Polar Bears rebound from yesterday's 1-1 tie and improve to 14-2-2 (8-1-1 NESCAC). The Ephs fall to 8-9-1 (4-5-1 NESCAC) after the loss.
While the Bowdoin was held to just a single goal during last night's game, they tripled that number in just the first period today. The Polar Bears' potent offense rattled off three goals over a five minute stretch. Chelsea MacNeil started the Bowdoin scoring with an unassisted shot at 2:32 into the game. MacNeil found a loose puck in the slot and shoveled it past Eph goaltender Chloe Billadeau. Stephanie Ludy followed up with the team's second, just over two minutes later. Rachel Kennedy sent a pass to Ludy in the high slot, who sent the puck over Billadeau's left shoulder. Kenzie Novak rounded out the opening period scoring with a low shot from the left wing that slid past Billadeau into the right part of the net. The Polar Bears ended the first with a 3-0 lead.
Bowdoin's offensive production continued in the second period. Kayte Holtz capitalized on a strong transition in the neutral zone to skate past her defender and rifle off a shot from the right circle, to net the shorthanded goal. Bowdoin took the 4-0 lead through the remainder of the period.
The Polar Bears continued their dominate play throughout the third period, and were able to convert for their fifth goal of the game. Just 28 seconds into the stanza Kennedy netted her team leading 12th goal of the season. While Billadeau was on her knees, Kennedy sent the puck high and out of the Billadeau's gloved reach. Kennedy has now scored in five straight games.
Tara Connolly recorded her first shutout this season by making 19 stops for the Polar Bears. Billadeau had 29 saves in net for the Ephs.
Bowdoin will be back on the ice when they visit Trinity for a pair of games starting February 1 at 7:00 PM.