Women's ice hockey edged by Bowdoin

Riley Smith '12
Riley Smith '12
Hamilton College rallied with three goals in the third period, but visiting Bowdoin College hung on for a 5-4 win in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game at Russell Sage Rink on Dec. 5.

Hamilton (1-4-2 overall, 1-3-2 NESCAC) was led offensively by Riley Smith '12, who tallied two goals. Laura DiCarlo '12 added one goal and one assist.

Bowdoin (3-2-1, 2-1-1) held a comfortable 5-1 lead early in the third period, but the Continentals roared back to make things interesting late. Hamilton pulled its goalie with 43 seconds left in favor of an extra skater, and the Continentals had a 6-on-4 situation for the last 22 seconds after the Polar Bears took a slashing penalty. However, Hamilton could not put a shot on goal in the final seconds.

Bowdoin seized a 1-0 lead just 2:28 into the first period. One of the Polar Bears skated in alone on goalie Lesley Ryder '11 and lifted a wrist shot over Ryder's glove. The Polar Bears had a goal disallowed with about three minutes left in the period after an official ruled the puck was kicked into the goal. Bowdoin made the score 2-0 on a power-play goal with 1:06 left in the first when they one-timed a wrist shot from the slot.

The Continentals sliced their deficit in half with a power-play goal at 8:41 of the second period. Abby Runyon '13 carried the puck into the zone down the left-hand boards and saw DiCarlo trailing the play. DiCarlo took the puck into the slot, where she unleashed a shot that found the back of the net for her third goal.

The Polar Bears answered with three straight goals. The first was notched on a power play at 13:18 of the second. Bowdoin’s shot from the right circle deflected off a defender's stick and past Ryder. Bowdoin was 2-for-4 with the extra skater. The Polar Bears scored again on a backhand shot from between the circles with 3:10 left in the period. The Polar Bears went ahead 5-1 on a one-timer from just outside the crease 2:51 into the third period.

Hamilton's furious rally fell just short. Smith started it at 3:12 of the third when she scored on a rebound. Stephanie Miguel '11 pulled the Continentals within 5-3 during a power play at 7:53. Miguel wove through the left circle and scored her third goal on a backhander from the slot. Hamilton went 2-for-8 on the power play.

Smith made it a one-goal game with an amazing shot just 24 seconds later. The Bowdoin goalie stopped an initial shot by Rachel Rapoza '10, but Smith swept in the rebound while lying flat on her stomach for her third goal this season.

Ryder stopped 23 shots before she left with 2:10 remaining in the third period with an undisclosed injury. The Polar Bears held a 28-23 advantage in shots.

Hamilton travels to SUNY Potsdam for a non-conference game on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
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