BRUNSWICK, ME -- In similar fashion to last night's game, Bowdoin came up with three late tallies, enough to propel them to their second straight victory over Williams in two days. Despite holding the Bowdoin offense scoreless throughout the first two frames, the Ephs could not keep up with the opposing offensive tirade in the final minutes of play this Saturday afternoon at Watson Arena.
Although neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening 54 minutes of the contest, Bowdoin established offensive dominance, recording 20 shots to the Ephs 12 after two periods of play.
A flurry of Williams penalties in the opening frame gave Bowdoin many looks, but Chloe Billadeau and the Eph defense kept the home team at bay. It was Williams who saw glimpses of hope after the first intermission, with two man-up opportunities. However, the Ephs were unable to capitalize in the second period, leaving the contest deadlocked at 0. Williams would go 0-3 for the night on the powerplay.
Entering the final frame, both defenses refused to budge, and it looked like the third period would end in similar manner to the first two. It was not until the 14:07 mark when the Polar Bears were able to break the 0-0 tie. Using a 6-on-5 advantage coming from an Eph penalty, Bowdoin got on the board with a one-timer from Kayte Holtz. Holtz's tally came from teammates Kim Tess-Wanat and Kendra Sweet.
Holtz's goal shifted the momentum in Bowdoin's direction, and their offense proved to be unstoppable in the remaining minutes. Once finding their offensive groove, the Polar Bears continued to challenge Billadeau, keeping the first-year netminder under seige. Bowdoin struck again, just over a minute following Holtz's goal, their second tally coming from Mallory Andrews. Andrews was fed by Stephanie Ludy and Kenzie Novak.
Bowdoin kept the pressure on, and extended their lead to three with two minutes remaining in the final frame. Chelsea MacNeil's powerplay goal at the 18:00 mark was aided by Holtz and Tess-Wanat. Bowdoin's lead proved to be too insurmountable for a comeback, leaving the score finalized at 3-0.
Billadeau recorded 30 saves, while turned away 15 bids in the shutout.
Next up for Williams (9-9-0, 5-5-0 NESCAC), is conference rival Amherst. The puck drops February 3 at 7pm in the Lansing Chapman Rink.