February 16, 2014

Women's Hockey Splits Weekend Series at Hamilton

CLINTON, N.Y. – The Hamilton women's ice hockey team snapped a 13-game NESCAC winless streak with a 4-1 victory over visiting Bowdoin Sunday afternoon.

The Continentals improve to 7-13-2 (1-11-2 NESCAC), while the Polar Bears drop to 10-9-3 (5-6-3 NESCAC).

Jill Tokarczyk, one of seven seniors honored before the game, took advantage of a Bowdoin giveaway to open the scoring 6:46 into the game. Bowdoin's Lan Crofton stopped Megan Fitzgerald on a one-on-one and the Polar Bears controlled the rebound but Tokarczyk stole the clearing pass at the top of the right circle and beat Crofton with a quick shot. She picked up her third goal of the season with 2:17 left in the opening period, taking a pass from Stephanie Lang on the right side and putting a shot past Crofton's stick side.

The Polar Bears tied the score midway through the first on a goal by Rachel Kennedy. Kennedy took a lead pass from Schuyler Nardelli inside center ice, carried the puck despite a poke check from a Continental defender, then took a shot that was initially stopped by Hamilton's Tori Bogen, but bounced behind her and landed just over the line.

Haskins scored with 7:25 remaining in the second. Following a faceoff win by Teal Gosselin deep in the Bowdoin end, Haskins received a pass from Sara Taffe in the slot and scored to put the Continentals up 3-1. Casey Brown also picked up an assist on the play.

Gigi Fraser closed out the scoring, accepting a pass from Maddie Carras and taking the puck to the near post before shooting across the crease inside the far post.

Bogen finished with 25 saves. Crofton stopped 26 shots before giving way to Beth Findley, who saved all five Continental shots she faced.

The Polar Bears host Amherst Friday at 7:00 p.m. to kick off their final series of the regular season.

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