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Bowdoin tops Hamilton 3-1 in women's ice hockey

The Bowdoin College Polar Bears scored a pair of late power-play goals on the way to a 3-1 NESCAC win over the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Saturday afternoon.

Box score

Jessica Bowen ’17 and Rachel Kennedy ’16 scored power-play goals to break a 1-1 tie. Bowen’s goal with 2:19 left in the second period came during a five-on-three advantage and gave Bowdoin the lead for good. Kennedy took advantage of a power-play opportunity 1:03 into the third to give the Polar Bears an insurance goal.

The Polar Bears (10-8-3, 5-5-3 NESCAC) scored on their first shot on goal, taking a 1-0 lead when Maddie Baird ’15 pushed a loose puck between the pads of Hamilton goaltender Sarah Schuchardt ’15. Maddy Hall ’17 assisted on the play as the points were the first this season for both players.

Bowdoin nearly took the one-goal lead into intermission but Hamilton converted its second five-on-three chance of the period and tied the score on a goal by Megan Ahern ’17 with 22 seconds remaining. Ahern won a faceoff in the Bowdoin end and tipped in a shot by Sara Taffe ’17 for her second goal of the year. Taffe, who had taken a pass from Naomi Woolfenden ‘16, has seven assists and Woolfenden has three.

Bowen’s game winner came on a one-timer from the right circle and Madeline Lane ’14 picked up her eighth assist. Kennedy’s insurance goal came off a rebound of a shot by Chelsea MacNeil ’15. Schuchardt stopped MacNeil’s tight shot from the left side but the rebound went directly to Kennedy’s stick and she responded with her seventh goal. MacNeil’s assist was her third.

Schuchardt finished with 25 saves, including 15 in the final period. Beth Findley ’16 stopped 19 shots for the Polar Bears.

The two teams play each other again at noon on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Russell Sage Rink.

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