December 3, 2013

Polar Bears Ice Pilgrims with Big Third Period To Extend Win Streak

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team scored three times in the final period to rally for a 5-2 win over New England College, 5-2, on Tuesday evening in Watson Arena. 

With their third-straight win, the Polar Bears improve to 3-2-0, while dropping the Pilgrims to 1-7-0.

New England College opened with a quick score, less than two minutes into the opening period. Megan Servaes rifled off a hard shot from the top of the right circle with Kristin Dehm waiting on the left post for a quick touch. The puck deflected off Dehm's waiting stick and popped up over Lan Crofton's shoulder for the 1-0 lead. The Pilgrims netted their second of the game on a power play at 6:28 into the contest as Servaes crossed the puck to Jamie Tabb on the right side, who wristed a top shelf shot. The Polar Bears halved the Pilgrims' lead two minutes later off Rachel Kennedy's first goal of the season. Sitting out on the left side, Kennedy slipped a shot inside the near post to put Bowdoin on the board.

Despite several strong scoring opportunities in opening ten minutes of play, Bowdoin was unable to even the score to begin the second. The Polar Bears finally broke through at 12:58 into the period as Jessica Bowen, Ariana Bourque, and Maddy Hall closed in on net. After peppering New England College's Kelly Metz with shots, Hall's bid snuck through to tie the game 2-2. Bowdoin managed 22 shots in the second period, while allowing only one shot by the Pilgrims.

Bowdoin took control of the game in the third period, with three unanswered goals. Colleen Finnerty tallied the game-winning goal as she wrapped around behind the net and deposited a shot on net. The puck sat loose just outside the goal line, where Finnerty was able to push it past Metz for the 3-2 lead.  Madeline Lane tacked on another Bowdoin goal only a minute later, and Schuyler Nardelli just a minute after that. Nardelli took a feed from behind the net, and one timed a shot to close out Bowdoin's win.

The Polar Bears outshot the Pilgrims 59-16, with Metz stopping 48 shots before Lauren Hopps came in and made six of her own. Crofton played all 60 minutes in net for Bowdoin, totaling 14 saves for the win.

Bowdoin travels to Norwich University on December 7, for a 7:00 PM game. New England College returns home for a Friday matchup against Castleton State beginning at 4:00 PM.