Women's Hockey Plays Panthers into Overtime Tie

Ariana Bourque scored an early goal for Bowdoin who held the lead until the third period
Ariana Bourque scored an early goal for Bowdoin who held the lead until the third period

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Bowdoin women's ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 overtime tie against the Panthers on Saturday afternoon.

Bowdoin (8-6-2, 3-3-2 NESCAC) recovered from yesterday's shutout by scoring early in the first period. The second-ranked Panthers improve to 11-1-3 (7-0-3 NESCAC).

In the opening frame, Middlebury had an opportunity to strike first following a turnover deep in the Polar Bears' defensive end. Sara Ugalde fired off a hard shot that was saved by Bowdoin goalie Lan Crofton at 6:45 to keep the game scoreless. Nearing the halfway point, Bowdoin's Ariana Bourque tapped in a rebound following a wraparound opportunity by Schuyler Nardelli and a pinpoint pass from Colleen Finnerty

Middlebury had a chance to tie the game just over five minutes into the second period as Anna Van Kula had a wraparound shot hit the pipe. A little more than three minutes later, Mallory Andrews intercepted a Panther pass and Jones again made a butterfly save to her left. The action continued with seven minutes left, Pam Schulman received a pass behind the Bowdoin defense but was denied by Crofton.

Middlebury tied the game at 1-1 just 31 seconds into the third with the power play that carried over from the end of the second. Jennifer Krakower placed a low line-drive shot from just outside the right dot following quick passes across the zone from Carly Watson and Ugalde. Neither team scored during the final 10 minutes of regulation as the game went into the extra period.

Jones came up with her biggest save of the game in overtime after Chelsea MacNeil found an opening in the Panther zone and sent a quick, high shot on net. Jones caught the puck with her shoulder and preserved the tie.

In net, Crofton was credited with 30 saves, while Jones picked up 28 stops for the Panthers.

The Polar Bears return home to host Williams on Friday at 7:00 p.m.