BRUNSWICK, Maine - Kayte Holtz collected her fifth career hat trick to lead the Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team to a 6-1 win over Hamilton on Friday evening at Watson Arena.
The win improves the eighth-ranked Polar Bears to 15-4-2 (9-3-1 NESCAC) while the Continentals drop to 11-9-1 (5-7-1 NESCAC).
Bowdoin took advantage of an early power play, as Ariana Bourque took control of a rebound in front and lifted a shot over sprawling Hamilton goaltender Becca Hazlett at 5:08 of the opening period. The Polar Bears doubled their lead with a highlight reel goal from Kayte Holtz. Shorthanded, Holtz took the puck from her own blue line and skated the length of the ice, beating three Continental defenders, and ripped a shot from the high slot to the top-right corner for a 2-0 lead at 12:22.
The Polar Bears took command with a pair of goals in a span of 35 seconds in the second period. Colleen Finnerty knocked home a loose puck in front at 11:45 to increase Bowdoin's lead to three goals. Moments later, the senior duo of Holtz and Kim Tess-Wanat played give-and-go on the right face-off circle, with Holtz one-timing a perfectly-placed feed inside the left post at 12:20.
Holtz finished off the hat trick at 7:40 of the third frame, slipping a low shot from between the circles inside the right post for her 10th goal of the season and 65th of her career. The squads traded late goals in the third period to round out the scoring. Abby Runyon deposited a rebound for Hamilton at 14:54 before Stephanie Ludy intercepted a puck in front for Bowdoin and poked home the game's final score at 16:50.
Holtz also finished with an assist while Rachel Kennedy had two helpers for the Polar Bears. Becca Hazlett finished with 18 saves in two periods before giving way to Tori Bogen, who stopped three shots over the remainder. Lessard made 14 saves in the victory for Bowdoin.
The teams will clash again on Saturday at Watson Arena. The game is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. face-off.