Early Goal Lifts Polar Bears to Shutout Against Southern Maine

Mallory Andrews scored for Bowdoin less than two minutes into the game
Mallory Andrews scored for Bowdoin less than two minutes into the game

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Mallory Andrews' lone goal early in the first period was all the offense the Bowdoin women's ice hockey team needed to defeat Southern Maine 1-0 on Tuesday evening.

Bowdoin wins its third straight game to improve to 7-5-0 overall, while snapping the Huskies two-game win streak. Southern Maine falls to 8-6-1 on the season.

Bowdoin opened the game with a goal under two minutes into the period to take the 1-0 lead. Set up on top of the right circle, Marne Gallant fired a shot into traffic in front of the net where Andrews connected with the puck to deflect it over the defense and goalie for the game's lone goal. Bowdoin continued to pressure Southern Maine's defense through the remainder of the period, but was unable to convert on any attempts.

The two teams traded possession through the opening half of the second period, with the greatest threat coming as Bowdoin looked to score on a shorthanded breakaway, but was unable to capitalize. With half the period remaining, both teams had their share of quality looks on net. Bourque beat a pair of Southern Maine defenders in their defensive zone to take a clear shot on goal, which was absorbed by the Huskies' goalie. Minutes later Southern Maine's McKenna Russell made an initial bid, as a crowd descended on the free puck it squirted wide of the net and out of danger. The Huskies held a 16-6 edge in shots during the second period.

The Polar Bears regained control of the game in the third period, outshooting the visitors 11-3. Bowdoin goalie Beth Findley earned the shutout with 27 saves, while Nia Kelly made 30 total stops for the Huskies.

Bowdoin hosts a weekend of NESCAC action against Wesleyan beginning on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  Southern Maine will return home and host St. Michael's at 4:00 p.m. on January 17.