BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Hamilton women's ice hockey team forced a series split with 4-1 win over host Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears (8-9-2, 5-6-1 NESCAC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead before the Continentals (11-7-2, 5-5-2 NESCAC) came back with four unanswered goals.
- Hamilton came out and controlled the opening minutes of play, taking five shots on net before Bowdoin could successfully clear the zone and get off a shot on the opposite end.
- Jessica Bowen started the scoring with a goal midway through the first period. Miranda Bell recovered the puck off the right boards and fed Bowen high slot. The junior wristed a shot into Sam Walther's chest, with the puck bouncing off and into the net.
- Olivia Hawes broke through for the Continentals with 1:29 remaining in the opening frame. Hawes carried between a pair of Bowdoin defenders and shot towards the left post, following her shot and poking in the uncovered puck to net Hamilton's first.
- Hawes gave her team their first lead of the series just over five minutes into the second period. Lan Crofton denied Hannah Bartlett's initial shot, but Hawes again skated in to clean up the rebound and roof the puck to go ahead 2-1.
- Bartlett set up Hamilton's next goal, carrying from center ice deep into Bowdoin territory and drawing the lone defender. The senior slid a pass to the stick of Andrea Rockey on her left. Rockey skated down the slot, uncontested, and wristed a top-shelf shot over Crofton's blocker for the 3-1 advantage and her first collegiate goal.
- Steph DiPietro added an empty-netter in the final three seconds to wrap the game.
By the Numbers
- Walther earned the win in net for Hamilton with 21 saves.
- Crofton stopped 24 shots in net for the Polar Bears.
- Hamilton went 0-for-1 on the power play
- Bowdoin was 0-for-2 with the extra skater
- Bowdoin hit the road for a pair of road games at Connecticut College next weekend, beginning on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
- Hamilton travels to Amherst next week for a NESCAC series beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.