Women's Hockey Falls to Middlebury in NESCAC Semifinal

Kerri St. Denis kept the Polar Bears competitive with 39 saves against Middlebury
Kerri St. Denis kept the Polar Bears competitive with 39 saves against Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Middlebury women's hockey team scored in the final five minutes to end Bowdoin's season in a 2-1 NESCAC Semifinal on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears conclude the 2017-18 season with a 13-9-3 overall record, advancing to the semifinal for the second consecutive year. The top-seeded Panthers return to the NESCAC Championship at 19-4-3.

Game Highlights

  • Kerri St. Denis turned away 13 Middlebury shots in the opening period and kept the Polar Bears within striking distance. Bowdoin broke through with 21 seconds remaining in the period to head into the first intermission up 1-0. Brooke Solomon broke out of the Polar Bear zone and carried in Panther territory and split a pair of defender. The junior fired a shot from the right dot, with Nell Fusco deflecting the puck as it came towards net.
  • Middlebury evened the game on the power play at 9:12 in the second. The Panthers crowded the crease and Jessica Young poked the puck through traffic and past St. Denis.
  • Bowdoin spent half of the third period down a skater as the Polar Bears served five penalties. Middlebury finally converted on the power play with 5:35 remaining in the game to take the lead. Maddie Winslow scored the game-winner for Middlebury.

By the Numbers

  • St. Denis kept the Polar Bears in the game for all 60 minutes, posting 39 total saves and 14 in the final frame.
  • Lin Han turned away 14 shots.
  • Middlebury went 2-for-8 on the power play.
  • Bowdoin went 0-for-1 on the power play.