Bourque and Finnerty Combine for Third Period Goals to Top Trinity
Bowdoin moves back up over .500 with a 9-8-2 overall record (4-5-2 NESCAC). Trinity allowed only two total goals in their last two games, but surrender as many in one period against Bowdoin. The Bantams (10-6-3, 5-5-1 NESCAC) were playing their first away game since November 26.
Trinity took control of the game early in the first period, scoring 6:41 into the frame. Following several minutes of sustained pressure in Bowdoin's defensive zone, the Bantams crashed in on the crease. Brooke Heron sent a feed to Cheeky Herr waiting on the doorstep. Herr took a couple quick shots on Beth Findley, recollecting the loose rebounds, and finally slid the puck in for the 1-0 lead after several more Bantams joined her in the crease.
The teams played a scoreless middle period, before Finnerty connected with a cross-ice pass from Bourque to even the score at 1-1 just 3:33 into the third. Circling low, Bourque carried the puck into the right faceoff circle where she slid a pass across to Finnerty on the opposite side. Set up just outside the crease, Finnerty was able to connect with a one-timer to best Kristen Maxwell. The tandem paired up again on the game-winning goal in the final five minutes, as both teams had four skaters on the ice. Switching sides, it was Finnerty who dished from the left to Bourque on the right doorstep for the 2-1 lead.
Findley played all 60 minutes in net for the Polar Bears, tallying 27 saves. Maxwell had 17 stops for Trinity.
The Polar Bears and Bantams faceoff again tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.