Nardelli Scores in Final Minutes to Lift Polar Bears Over the Hump
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Schuyler Nardelli scored with just two minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Bowdoin women's ice hockey team to a 3-2 victory over host Connecticut College.
The Polar Bears even their record at 5-5-0 (1-2-0 NESCAC), while the Camels fall to 5-4-2 (1-2-2 NESCAC). Bowdoin went 2-for-3 on the power play against Connecticut College.
A goal from Rachel Kennedy in the opening period tied the game at 1-1, sending the two teams into the second frame on equal ground. The initial shot from Mallory Andrews was denied as she drove to the net, but Kennedy was there to put in the rebound and even the score. Bowdoin took its first lead of the game on a power play opportunity Kennedy and Chelsea MacNeil screened the goalie, Emily Tang went top shelf from high in the slot to hand the Polar Bears a 2-1 advantage. With 5:29 remaining in the period, the Camels scored an equalizer from Michaela Igo. Igo backhanded a pass to Leah Kallen from the slot, who tipped the puck in to tie the game at 2-2.
The Camels looked to regain the lead nine minutes into the third period as Ashley Anctil wristed a bid on net, only to be denied by Lan Crofton. With just 2:18 remaining in regulation, Nardelli cashed in on an opportunity to give her team the lead. Nardelli redirected a shot fired from the right point by Madeline Lane to lift her team to the 3-2 win. Connecticut College had an opportunity to tie the game with only second remaining as the puck traveled towards an empty goal, but hit the pipe and preserved Bowdoin's advantage.
Crofton made 29 saves in goal for the Polar Bears, turning aside 11 shots in the final period to earn the win. Kelsie Fralick stopped 28 shots in net for the Camels.
The two teams meet again tomorrow afternoon for a 3:00 PM matchup.