Polar Bears Drop Midweek Matchup to St. Anselm

Chelsea MacNeil converted on the power play for Bowdoin's second goal of the game
Chelsea MacNeil converted on the power play for Bowdoin's second goal of the game

BRUNSWICK, Maine- The Bowdoin women's ice hockey team stayed within striking distance of visiting St. Anselm until a two-goal third period extended the Hawks win streak, downing the Polar Bears 5-2 on Tuesday evening.

The Polar Bears fall to 4-5 on the season, as the Hawkes extend their win streak to nine with a 12-1 mark overall. St. Anslem collected its sixth overall win against the Polar Bears, leading the series 6-2.

Barely a minute had ticked off the clock before Schuyler Nardelli lifted the Polar Bears to a quick 1-0 lead. Bowdoin's only lead of the game as Rachel Kennedy centered a pass from the left side that connected with Nardelli inside the Hawks' defensive zone. Controlling the puck, Nardelli wristed a shot into the top left corner. The Hawks answered back less than a minute later as Sarah Geisinger set up on the left post and elevated a shot opposite top shelf on Bowdoin's Beth Findley. The Hawks took the lead half way through the period as Jacqueline Bouchie flipped a shot from high on the right side over Findley's opposite shoulder.

The Hawks maintained their one goal lead despite several Bowdoin power plays, and added to their total 12:37 into the second period. Alison Quinn netted St. Anselm's third as she slid to the ice outreaching her Bowdoin defender and hooked the puck to the opposite post, for the 3-1 lead. The Polar Bears were able to chip away at the Hawks' advantage with only 43 seconds remaining, as Chelsea MacNeil's centering pass redirected off the skate of a defender and past Lindsey Brown in net.

St. Anselm doubled its lead 3:17 into the final frame as Alex Kazmer and Courtney Winters traded the puck skating down the ice. Kazmer dished right to Winters who had her bid deflected just left, but Kazmer continued her progress towards net and tipped the puck putting the Hawks up 4-2.  With only two minutes remaining, Bowdoin pulled its goalie and St. Anselm capped off the game with a short-handed empty netter from Winters for the 5-2 win.

Findley made 35 stops for the Polar Bears, while Brown made 30 saves for the Hawks.