Women's Hockey Skates to Scoreless Tie With Crusaders

Lan Crofton made 34 saves to keep the Crusaders off the board
Lan Crofton made 34 saves to keep the Crusaders off the board

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin women's ice hockey team skated to a 0-0 tie with Holy Cross on Saturday evening behind a 34 save shutout from goalie Lan Crofton.

The Polar Bears collect their second consecutive tie to open the season at 2-0-2. The Crusaders are 6-1-1. This is the first scoreless tie in Bowdoin women's ice hockey history since a 0-0 draw against Yale in the 1995-96 season.

Holy Cross controlled the majority of the opening period, putting 12 shots on net, but were unable to best Crofton. Emily Lissner looked to convert on a wraparound shot with 8:15 off the clock, but Crofton moved to close the hole. Francesca Panarelli took a shot from just inside Bowdoin territory, with under five minutes to play, and watched as Mackenzie Boardman got her stick on it only to have the puck hit Crofton in the numbers.

The second frame was more of the same, with quality looks on both sides, but the scoreboard remained at zero. Maureen Greason clanked a shot off the left post and watched as it dropped behind Alexandra Stevenson just shy of the goal line. Stevenson turned around and dove to cover the puck before anyone could poke it in.  Julie Dachille broke through a pair of defenders for a open look at the Holy Cross net, only to flip the puck up and over the crossbar. With five minutes remaining Crofton made a sliding right pad save on a breakaway by Lauren Abbenante to keep the game scoreless. 

Bowdoin and Holy Cross skated through another 20 minutes of scoreless hockey in the third period. Abbenante ricocheted a shot off the crossbar, Lissner had a hard shot low in the slot that was turned away by Crofton, and Boardman tried a quick deflection in front of the net with no result. For Bowdoin, Chelsea MacNeil skated down the center and made a diving wrister that floated over the crossbar.

The two teams continued to trade chances in the five minute overtime period, once again unable to break the stalemate. MacNeil fed Dachille a pass in front of the net, with Dachille taking a no-look spinning backhander that Stevenson caught a piece of. Taylor McGee connected with the right post with 1:15 remaining and Nicole Giannino lifted a shot into Crofton's shoulder half a minute later. The last promising look of the game came from Marne Gallant who collected a loose puck between the faceoff circles after Schuyler Nardelli's initial bid was denied.

The Crusaders outshot Bowdoin by a 34-19 margin, but held a 5-3 edge in overtime. Crofton and Stevenson each turned in complete game shutouts, as Crofton stopped 34 shots for Bowdoin and Stevenson made 19 saves for Holy Cross.

The Polar Bears host Nichols College at 5:00 p.m. on December 3.  The Crusaders host Wesleyan tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m.