St. Thomas Takes 3-1 Win Over Polar Bears in Sunday Matchup

Rachel Kennedy scored Bowdoin's lone goal against the Tommies
Rachel Kennedy scored Bowdoin's lone goal against the Tommies

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The St. Thomas women's ice hockey team skated away with a 3-1 victory over the Polar Bears on Sunday afternoon in Watson Arena.

Bowdoin returns to .500 following the loss, falling to 4-4-0. The Tommies improve to 6-3-1 on the season.

The Tommies and Polar Bears ended the first period knotted at 0-0, despite scoring opportunities for both sides. Half way through the frame, Bowdoin turned the puck over in their defensive end allowing Courtney Umland a clear shot on Lan Crofton in net. The Polar Bears answered back with three minutes remaining as Jamie Ptacek snaked a quick shot through the crowd following a faceoff on the left side. Bowdoin held a slight 10-7 edge in shots.

St. Thomas took control of the second period and peppered Crofton with 18 shots over twenty minutes. The Tommies looked to change the scoreboard seven minutes into the frame, as Christinia Rozeske skated stride for stride with Ptacek towards the Bowdoin goal. With Rozeske a half-length away and pulling back for a shot, Ptacek dove to the ice and deflected the puck wide left. Crofton faced several more close range shots and deflections before the visitors would find the back of the net. With less than two minutes remaining Tori Bailey fired a quick shot high in the slot, which Crofton stopped, leaving the rebound loose inside the crease. Morgan Olson quickly collected the uncovered puck before Paige Baldwin would put it away.

With exactly nine minutes remaining in the game, St. Thomas doubled its lead with a goal from Karina Marette. An initial shot from Lauren Mumm was denied, but slipped right of Crofton where Marette capitalized to extend the Tommies' lead.  Mumm tallied a goal of her own, firing a shot from just inside Bowdoin's blue line to the top left corner with 5:44 remaining. Two minutes later, Rachel Kennedy spoiled the Tommies' shutout capitalizing on an open one-on-one opportunity. Emily Tang fed Kennedy the puck from deep in Polar Bear territory. Waiting just outside the Tommies' defensive end, Kennedy skated unchallenged towards Alise Riedel in net. With Riedel down on the ice, Kennedy faked a quick move left and slipped the puck inside the right post to put Bowdoin on the board.

Crofton made 30 stops in net for the Polar Bears, while Riedel made 25 saves on the opposite end for St. Thomas.

The Tommies continue their Northeast swing with a 6:00 PM contest at UMass-Boston tomorrow evening. The Polar Bears will host St. Anselm on Tuesday at 4:00 PM in the first of two games being played that evening in Watson Arena, as the men host University of New England.