BRUNSWICK, ME—Three Bowdoin goals in the third period evaporated a 2-1 Williams lead heading into the final frame. Cristina Bravi and Sam Weinstein notched a goal apiece for the Ephs, and the Williams penalty-kill unit successfully fended off 6 Bowdoin powerplays, but the Polar Bears proved too much for the visitors.
Both teams were able to find the back of the net in the opening period, as two unassisted goals tied the game at 1-1 after the first 20 minutes. Bowdoin's Dominique Lozzi (Reading, MA) was able to notch the first tally of the evening, putting the hosts up 1-0 8:30 into play.
With 3:22 remaining in the frame, the Ephs' Cristina Bravi (Montreal, QC) managed to knot things up at 1, finding an opening around the Polar Bears' Tara Connolly (Simsbury, CT). Bowdoin's Alexandra Fahey (Bangor, ME) was flagged for holding on the play, giving the Ephs their second powerplay opportunity of the period, but Williams was unable to convert the chance and the frame ended with neither team able to gain an edge.
Overcoming 4 penalties in the 2nd period, the Ephs were able to seize a 2-1 lead. With both teams down a skater, Sam Weinstein (Marblehead, MA) helped Williams gain the upper hand with 8:48 remaining in the frame, with help from the tandem of sophomore forwards Bravi and Gabrielle Vukasin (Princeton, NJ).
The Ephs would successfully kill off two more penalties, and Williams goaltender Chloe Billadeau (Chaska, MN) turned away 14 Bowdoin bids to help the Ephs maintain a one-goal advantage heading into the final frame.
Bowdoin wasted no time evening things up in the 3rd period, getting on the board early and often. Kim Tess-Wanat (Fond du Lac, WI) tallied the Polar Bears' second goal of the night 1:41 into the frame, with help from Kayte Holtz (New Berlin, WI).
With just under 9 minutes left to play, Holtz and Tess-Wanat would connect again to give the Polar Bears their first lead since the opening frame. Holtz was able to slip a shot past Billadeau to put Bowdoin up 3-2, with assistance from Maddie Baird (Dundas, ON) and Tess-Wanat.
The Polar Bears would notch an insurance goal with 3:20 remaining in the game, as Holtz again took a pass from Tess-Wanat to clinch the game for the hosts. Billadeau finished with 29 saves in net for the Ephs, while counterpart Connolly recorded 20 stops for Bowdoin.
Tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm, the Ephs will have another chance to down the Polar Bears. The teams are currently tied for 4th in NESCAC standings, with 5-4 conference records, while Bowdoin holds a slight edge in overall record.