NEW LONDON, Conn. - Ariana Bourque scored with under five minutes remaining in overtime as the Bowdoin women's hockey team rallied for a 3-2 NESCAC Quarterfinal victory over Connecticut College on Saturday evening.
The fifth-seeded Polar Bears advance to their sixth consecutive semifinal, the longest run of any team in the conference, with an 11-9-5 mark on the season. Connecticut College, the fourth seed coming into the post season, ends the year at 12-10-3.
Connecticut College took the lead just over a minute into the second period, taking advantage of the power play to take a 1-0 lead. Ashley Anctil bested Bowdoin goalie Lan Crofton to put her team ahead. The Camels doubled their lead midway through the final frame with their second power play goal of the game. Teeing up a shot just inside the blue line, Julie Beattie bested Crofton with a top shelf shot through traffic.
Both Bowdoin goals scored in regulation came in the third period, as the Polar Bears cut Connecticut's lead to one at 14:08 and evened the score with 1:30 remaining. Bourque got Bowdoin on the board first, tallying a power play goal from the right post. While Camels goalie Kelsie Fralick made the initial save on Maryanne Iodice's shot from the blue line, Bourque was on pads to stuff in the rebound. Rachel Kennedy tied the game at 2-2 with under two minutes remaining putting back another rebound from the left post. With the loose puck skidding beyond the reach of Fralick, Kennedy collected it and backhanded the equalizer to force overtime.
Bourque kept Bowdoin's season alive with her game-winner with 4:37 remaining in overtime. Collecting a loose puck behind the net, Bourque spun to face the goalie and wristed a shot from the right faceoff circle and roofed the puck top right shelf.
Crofton made 38 saves in the game, including four in overtime to earn the win. Fralick matched Crofton with four stops in overtime and 38 saves total.
Bowdoin will faceoff with top-seeded Middlebury next Saturday in the Semifinals. Game time and ticket information will be announced early next week.