Women's Hockey Blanks Amherst in Battle of Nationally-Ranked Teams

Kayla Lessard recorded her fifth shutout of the season
Kayla Lessard recorded her fifth shutout of the season

AMHERST, Mass – Bowdoin senior Kayla Lessard posted her fifth shutout of the season as the women's ice hockey team won a battle of nationally-ranked teams, 4-0 over Amherst on Saturday evening.

The seventh-ranked Polar Bears improve to 17-4-2 (11-3-1 NESCAC) and gain sole possession of second place in the NESCAC standings after breaking away from tenth-ranked Amherst (12-9-1, 10-4-1 NESCAC).

The Polar Bear offense was silent during the opening period of play, but came to life shortly into the second. Bowdoin capitalized on the power play when Jay Greene sent a hard shot towards Amherst goalie Kerri Stuart who turned away the initial bid. Chelsea MacNeil recovered the puck in a scrum beyond the crease and managed to find the net putting Bowdoin up 1-0 at 5:52. Only 25 seconds later Bowdoin doubled its lead with a play from Kayte Holtz. Holtz controlled the puck as she skated towards the left face-off circle before changing direction and returning to the high slot. A quick wrist shot connected with the back of Amherst's net, to lead 2-0 after two frames.

The Polar Bears opened up a 3-0 lead 4:06 into the final period. A crowd of Amherst and Bowdoin players collapsed on the Jeffs' crease where Rachel Kennedy was able to locate the puck from the scramble and net her team leading 13th goal of the season. Bowdoin sealed the contest with 4:15 remaining when Stephanie Ludy engaged her defender skating down the center and dished a pass to Kenzie Novak on the left side. Novak capitalized on her 1v1 with the goalie to bury the puck in the right side of the net to cap the four-goal victory.

Lessard made 17 saves while Stuart blocked 20 shots in tonight's contest.

Bowdoin and Amherst face-off again tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.