CLINTON, N.Y. – The Bowdoin women's hockey team punched its ticket to the NESCAC Semifinals after winning 1-0 in double overtime at Hamilton capping the longest game in program history.
The Polar Bears earned the six seed in the NESCAC tournament following a 12-8-4 regular season and 7-6-3 mark in conference play. The Continentals entered the game as the number three team in the conference at 14-7-3 (9-5-2 NESCAC). The two teams split their regular season series.
- Bowdoin dominated the first period of the game, taking the first 14 shots of the day. At the end of 20 minutes, the Polar Bears held a 16-3 advantage in shots on goal. The most promising plays of the period came in 5-on-3 action and a shorthanded bid by Julie Dachille.
- The Continentals found their footing and began to challenge Kerri St. Denis in net . While the Polar Bears controlled the opening eight minutes of the final frame, Hamilton bounced back and forced St. Denis to make several saves to preserve the scoreless tie.
- Hamilton earned a power play with just over three minutes to play in regulation. St. Denis denied Sara Taffe a promising look with 1:45 remaining, allowing Bowdoin to successfully kill the penalty and force overtime.
- St. Denis opened the first overtime period with a blocker save off a Kelli Mackey shot. The Continentals went on the power play midway through the period, forcing St. Denis to make several more quick saves. The sophomore turned away promising shots from the point and some close scramble rebounds.
- Bowdoin's best chance came late in the frame as Dachille charged the net, causing a rebound to kick out to Maryanne Iodice. Iodice's shot missed wide.
- In the second overtime, Bowdoin earned an early power play. Brigit Bergin fired a shot towards the high corner, but was denied by Sam Walther. St. Denis made several more saves at the goalmouth to extend the game.
- After a back-and-forth period, Bowdoin got the game-winner 14:26 into the second extra session. Marissa Fichter won a race to the puck on the right dot and centered a pass across the zone to Maegan Sheehan on the back post, who dove to poke home the game-winning goal.
By the Numbers
- St. Denis picked up the shutout victory behind a 41 save performance and over 94 minutes in net.
- Walther made 49 stops, including 12 in the first overtime.
- Bowdoin went 0-for-7 on the power play while killing off six Continental power plays.
- The Polar Bears move on to face top-seeded Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. The Panthers will host the NESCAC Championship weekend as the highest tournament seed.