BRUNSWICK, Maine - Stephanie Ludy celebrated Senior Day at Watson Arena with a pair of goals to lead the Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team to a 3-1 win over Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.
The eighth-ranked Polar Bears improve to 16-4-2 (10-3-1 NESCAC) and reach 16 victories in a season for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Hamilton drops to 11-10-1 (5-8-1 NESCAC) with the loss.
Bowdoin got on the board first on Saturday evening thanks to a senior duo. Kenzie Novak picked the pocket of a Hamilton defender in the Continental defensive zone and fed Stephanie Ludy in front, who wristed a top-shelf goal at 6:10 of the opening frame. The same duo converted for Bowdoin's second goal as the Polar Bears took advantage of a 5x3 power play. Ludy finished off another feed in front from Novak with Kayte Holtz also picking up an assist on the tally at 10:23.
The Polar Bears carried their two-goal lead past the halfway point of the second period when the Continentals cut into the advantage. After killing off a Bowdoin powerplay, Hamilton won a neutral ice face-off and Katie Zimmerman broke loose behind the Polar Bear defense and skated in alone on Kayla Lessard, backhanding a shot under the cross bar at 11:59. Hamilton made a bid to tie with under five minutes left in the frame, as the puck skipped across the crease to Nikki Haskins on the back post. But Haskins' open chance rang off the post to keep it a one-goal advantage for Bowdoin. Moments later, the Polar Bears took advantage of their good fortune by upping their lead back to two goals. Rachel Kennedy circled in the Bowdoin offensive zone and threw the puck into traffic at the top of the crease. The puck bounced to the waiting stick of Ariana Bourque on the back post, who rapped it into the back of the net at 17:09 to give the hosts a 3-1 advantage heading into the third period.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the third period as the Polar Bears skated away with their second win in as many days against the Continentals. Becca Hazlett made 23 saves in the loss for Hamilton while Kayla Lessard made 20 stops for the Polar Bears.
Bowdoin will close out its regular season on the road at Amherst next Friday and Saturday. Hamilton will host Colby on its Senior Weekend next Friday and Saturday.