Women's ice hockey tripped up by Bowdoin

Nikki Haskins '14
Nikki Haskins '14

Kayte Holtz '13 assisted on all five Bowdoin College goals and Tara Connolly '13 made 22 saves to lead the Polar Bears to a 5-1 win over Hamilton College in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Feb. 10.

Holtz leads the Polar Bears with 16 assists and 28 points. Kim Tess-Wanat '13 tallied two goals, and Madeline Lane '14, Colleen Finnerty '15 and Chelsea MacNeil '15 added one apiece. Tess-Wanat leads Bowdoin with 13 goals. Gabby Grandin '15 was credited with two assists.

Nikki Haskins '14 scored her third goal for the Continentals. Abby Runyon '13 and Laura DiCarlo '12 were each credited with an assist. Becca Hazlett '13 stopped 32 shots in net.

Bowdoin (11-7-3 overall, 9-4-0 NESCAC) opened the scoring with 2:19 left in the first period when Holtz played the puck ahead to Lane on a rush, and Lane fired a slap shot from the left point into the back of the net. The Polar Bears led 1-0 at the first intermission.

Bowdoin doubled its lead at 7:02 of the second period. Grandin fired a shot from the right point that was blocked, and Holtz collected the puck outside the right post. After Holtz sent the puck towards the front, Tess-Wanat slid it into the net for her first goal of the game. The Polar Bears led 2-0 at the second intermission.

Finnerty extended Bowdoin's lead to 3-0 at 8:47 of the third period when she banged home a rebound following a pair of shots by Holtz that were initially saved.

Hamilton (8-12-1, 5-8-0) narrowed its deficit to 3-1 at 10:02 of the period. DiCarlo played the puck ahead to Runyon on a rush up the right side, and Runyon sent a pass to Haskins in front for a one-timer.

The Polar Bears responded with a goal just 12 seconds later to regain their three-goal advantage. Tess-Wanat played the puck to Holtz in the left circle, who played it right back to Tess-Wanat at the far post for a one-timer into the back of the net.

Finnerty closed the scoring with 1:25 to play when she collected Holtz's pass in traffic outside the left circle, skated towards the goal, and lifted a shot into the top of the net for her third goal of the season.

The Polar Bears have won five straight games. Bowdoin held a 37-23 shot advantage. The Polar Bears went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Continentals were 0-for-4. Bowdoin leads the all-time series 23-2-3.

The two teams meet again at Hamilton on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m.

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