February 17, 2013

Women's Hockey Secures NESCAC's Second Seed with Weekend Sweep at Amherst

AMHERST, Mass – The Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team earned the number two seed for NESCAC playoffs after a 3-1 win this afternoon at Amherst.

The seventh-ranked Polar Bears end the regular season with a record of 18-4-2 (12-3-1 NESCAC). Bowdoin earns its highest NESCAC finish since 2007 and posts its best regular season since going 19-3-1 in the 2004-05 campaign.
Tenth-ranked Amherst will take the number three spot in the NESCAC Tournament after finishing the regular season 12-10-1 (10-5-1 NESCAC). 

The Polar Bears will host seventh-seeded Williams at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. Ticket information is available below.


Bowdoin scored all three goals in the opening period of today's matchup. The first Polar Bear point came just 3:37 into the frame off a power play opportunity. Stephanie Ludy circled the Jeffs' net, popping out around the right post, before sending a shot in. Amherst defensive player screened her own goalie providing the opportunity for Kayte Holtz to get a touch on the puck and give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead.


With the Amherst offense slow to recover, Chelsea MacNeil, Arianna Bourque and Chelsea Kennedy skated into a 3 v 2 opportunity. MacNeil's initial shot was turned away, but Bourque grabbed the rebound to net Bowdoin's second goal of the game at the ten minute mark.


Bowdoin went up 3-0 with a goal from Kennedy. A loose puck slid from the blue line into Amherst's defensive end as Kennedy skated with her defender to claim possession. Kennedy connected with the puck a few feet in front of Amherst goalie Kerri Stuart and scored with 3:44 remaining in the period.


Amherst was finally able to get past Bowdoin goalie Kayla Lessard with nine seconds remaining in the second period. Barrett McBride hit a hard shot into the pads of Lessard that rebound just beyond the crease. Emily Flom was waiting on the doorstep to scoop up the loose puck and flick a shot into the right shelf.


Stuart made seven saves in net for Amherst during the opening period. Kasia Henley stopped 12 shots in two periods of relief. Lessard earned the win with 36 saves for Bowdoin.


The Bowdoin men's and women's ice hockey teams will host a NESCAC quarterfinal double-header on Saturday, February 23. Tickets will be required for admission to the game and will be $3 for adults and $1 for children under 18. Bowdoin students are free with ID. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21 in the Bowdoin Athletic Department Office on the second floor of the Peter Buck Center.

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