January 31, 2014

Ephs Use Big Third Period to Put Away Polar Bears

BRUNSWICK, Maine- The William's women's ice hockey team used a three goal third period to come from behind and down the Polar Bears 4-2 on Friday evening.

Bowdoin falls to 8-7-2 with a 3-4-2 mark in NESCAC action as the Ephs improve to 10-6-1 (7-1-1, NESCAC).

Bowdoin opened the game by converting on a power play, just 17 seconds into their five-on-four advantage. Ariana Bourque's initial bid on Margaret Draper was denied, with Mallory Andrews collecting the rebound in stride and burying a wrister inside the Ephs left post. With under a minute and half remaining, Williams looked to even the score by capitalizing on a turnover in Bowdoin's defensive end. Emily Krueger turned around with a clean shot between the circles, but Lan Crofton gloved the puck from midair to preserve the 1-0 lead.

Williams tied the game 7:11 into the second frame off a cross-ice pass from Caitlin Conlon to Cristina Bravi. Conlon's pass made its way from the right point to the low post where Bravi tipped it putting the Ephs on the board. Crofton kept the game tied, coming up with another glove save from close range, following a charge from the blue line by Andree Heller. Bowdoin's offense rallied in the final seconds of the period, applying consistent pressure to the Ephs defense. With ten seconds remaining, Aloya Feroe's shot was deflected away by Draper's right pad, allowing Chelsea MacNeil to collect the rebound and put Bowdoin up 2-1 with six seconds remaining.

The Ephs came out strong in the third period, scoring a pair of quick goals to take the lead and put Bowdoin away. With just 1:21 off the clock, Heller put the puck inside the left post for the tying goal. Williams pulled away with the go-ahead goal just one minute later from Eliza Noyes and tacked on an empty netter from Hanna Beattie to cap a three goal third period.

Crofton made 25 stops for the Polar Bears, while Draper made 28 saves for the Ephs. 

Both teams return to Watson Arena for a 3:00 p.m. matchup tomorrow afternoon.