BRUNSWICK, Maine - Kim Tess-Wanat scored a pair of goals to lead the Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team to a 5-3 win over Williams in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament Saturday at Watson Arena.
The second-seeded Polar Bears improve to 19-4-2 with the win and return to the NESCAC Semifinals for the fourth consecutive season and will find out who they will play when all games are finalized on Saturday evening. The Ephs finish their year with a record of 9-15-1.
The upset-minded Ephs got on the scoreboard first, as Aimee Dennett forced a turnover and skated in alone on Bowdoin goaltender Kayla Lessard. Dennett snapped a shot inside the right post at 7:14 to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Polar Bears answered later in the period when a scrum in front of the net saw a Williams defender grab the puck, resulting in a penalty shot for Bowdoin. Kim Tess-Wanat took advantage, netting a back-hander over the right shoulder of Chloe Billadeau at 11:47 to even the score.
Williams regained the lead at 16:29 when Michaela Levine tapped home a one-timer from just outside the crease to give the Ephs a brief 2-1 edge. Bowdoin tied the score just 63 seconds later with a power play score. Rachel Kennedy tracked down a rebound off the right post and netted the game-tying score at 17:32 of the opening period.
Bowdoin took the lead for good in the second period when Stephanie Ludy finished off a loose puck in front of the net at 11:39 of the second period.
The Polar Bears carried the one-goal lead into the final stanza when Tess-Wanat netted her second goal of the game just 33 seconds in. The senior carried the puck down the center of the ice, deked a Williams defender and slipped a low shot inside the left post to make it 4-2 Bowdoin. Kayte Holtz put then game away, beating a Williams defender to the puck and cashing in with 5:55 remaining to give the hosts a 5-2 advantage. The Ephs pulled Billadeau and were able to get one back with the extra attacker when Gabrielle Vukasin scored with under two minutes to play.
Lessard made 18 saves in the win while Billadeau finished with 34 for Williams. Kenzie Novak had two assists for the Polar Bears, who held a 39-21 edge in shots.