Finnerty's Late Goal Lifts Polar Bears to Win Against Wesleyan
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Colleen Finnerty scored in the final minutes of regulation to lift the Bowdoin women's ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears rebound from yesterday's tie and improve to 8-5-1 with a 3-2-1 mark in NESCAC action. The Cardinals leave Maine with a record of 3-7-4 (1-4-3 NESCAC).
Bowdoin came out hard in the opening period, taking the 1-0 lead 6:36 into the frame off a goal from Rachel Kennedy. Collecting the loose puck from her original shot, Kennedy circled back up ice into the faceoff circle and lofted a bid into the right corner. Bowdoin controlled the pace of play in the first period, denying the Cardinals a shot until halfway through and holding a 15-3 advantage at the end of the frame.
The Cardinals looked to even the score 13:48 into the second period as Jessica Brennan skated into a one-on-one with Beth Findley. With Brennan bearing down on the doorstep, Findley snatched the puck off the ice to preserve Bowdoin's lead. Wesleyan finally evened the score with less than three minutes remaining in the period, converting on their third power play of the afternoon. Abigail Rutt, whose goal sent the game into overtime last night, collected a rebound off the chest of Findley and slipped it inside the right post to even the score.
With less than two minutes remaining in the game, Finnerty supplied the Polar Bears with some late heroics to put the team ahead 2-1. Coming off of several promising breakaway opportunities throughout the contest, including a move in the waning seconds of the second period, Finnerty finally converted for the game-winner. Collecting the puck in the neutral zone, Finnerty skated into Wesleyan territory marked by a pair of defenders. Deking right she then split the two Cardinals players and skated unchallenged towards Laura Corcoran in net. Finnerty roofed a shot and connected with the crossbar before the puck careened into the back of Wesleyan's net.
Findley earned the win with 20 saves in net for Bowdoin, as Corcoran stopped 41 shots for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals return to the ice for a non-conference matchup on Tuesday evening against Plymouth State at 6:00 p.m. The Polar Bears travel to Middlebury for a weekend of NESCAC action beginning on January 24 at 7:00 p.m.