BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin women's hockey team ended the regular season with a 4-1 victory over Trinity on Saturday afternoon in Watson Arena.
The Polar Bears climb to 12-8-3 (6-7-3 NESCAC) and await the conclusion of the Middlebury/Williams game to learn final seeding for the conference tournament. The Bantams' season ends at 7-16-1 (3-12-1 NESCAC).
- Trinity scored just 1:48 into the game to go ahead 1-0. Kelcie Finn carried towards the right post, drawing Kerri St. Denis, and dished center to Hannah Oganeku for a clean look at net.
- Bowdoin responded with a power play goal midway through the period. Jill Rathke started the puck at center, just inside the zone, and slid a pass left to Tala Glass above the faceoff circle. Glass fired the puck outside the far post where Julie Dachille put back her fourth straight goal against the Bantams.
- The Polar Bears went on the power play six minutes into the second period and sustained pressure against Trinity's defense. Maureen Greason looked to the net as she backhanded a shot across the goal face.
- In the final three minutes, Bowdoin took its first lead of the game. Brooke Solomon won the faceoff in the right circle and continued to direct the bouncing puck through three Trinity players towards Sydney Belinskas. Solomon flipped the puck up and over the goalie for the 2-1 lead.
- Marissa Fichter nearly scored seconds later as Izzi Stoddard found her coming down the slot for a one-on-goal. Belinskas stood tall and denied the wrister.
- The Bantams put together a rush in the final minute as Finn broke away into Bowdoin's zone. Glass caught the senior and deflected the shot before Finn could put the puck on net.
- Karinna Cave-Hawkins went for a wraparound four minutes into the final frame, but St. Denis closed off the right post.
- Bowdoin extended its lead at 11:41. Katie Leininger took the puck into Trinity territory and deked a pair of Bantam defenders, forcing one off her feet, and passed back to Glass. Glass directed the puck past Belinskas for the 3-1 edge.
- Julia Surgenor iced the game with an empty netter off the left boards.
By the Numbers
- St. Denis made 28 saves in net for Bowdoin, including 13 in the final period.
- Belinskas made 24 stops for Trinity.
- Bowdoin went 1-for-3 on the power play.
- Trinity was 0-for-3 on the power play.
- Bowdoin earned a spot in the NESCAC playoffs and will be on the road for Saturday's playoff game, with seeding to be announced late Saturday night.