Huskies' Third-Period Rally Falls Short
GORHAM, Maine -- The Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team built a 3-0 lead over the first two periods, then held off a comeback effort by the University of Southern Maine to take a 4-2 non-conference victory Tuesday evening at the USM Ice Arena.
The win keeps the Polar Bears record unblemished after five games, improving to 3-0-2. The Huskies had their two-game winning streak snapped to slip to 3-6-0 heading into exam break.
Bowdoin got goals from four different players and second-year goalie Kerri St. Denis (Harpswell, Maine) made seven saves to pick up her second win of the season.
Southern Maine got third-period goals from senior Ally Vanidestine (Bangor, Maine) and rookie Meghan Concannon (Raynham, Mass.) to close the gap to 3-2. Sophomore goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) made 29 saves.
A defensive zone turnover cost the Huskies in the latter stages of the first period as sophomore Marissa Fichter (Duxbury, Mass.) beat Evangelista for an unassisted goal at 16:14. Just after a Bowdoin power play had expired, junior Julie Dachille (Venetia, Penn.) tipped a shot by classmate Brigit Bergin (Natick, Mass.) by Evangelista to make it 2-0. Bowdoin held a wide edge (14-1) in shots on goal in the period.
The Polar Bears increased their advantage to three goals at 3:33 of the second period as rookie Meade Avery (Lyme, N.H.) whistled a wrist shot into the top of the net from 25 feet out for her first collegiate goal. Fichter and sophomore Cassidy Pratt (Madison, Conn.) picked up the assists.
Southern Maine came out strong in the opening minutes of the third period to trim the deficit to one. Vanidestine took a feed from senior Olivia Barragree (Red Lodge, Mont.) and beat St. Denis for her first goal of the season just 18 seconds into the period. Sophomore Julia Buffalini (Pittsburgh, Penn.) also earned an assist.
Concannon scored her second of the season at 1:53 poking the rebound of a shot from sophomore Jensen Hamblett (Colchester, Vt.) under St. Denis and into the net.
The Huskies had a chance to tie the score later in the period, but junior Emilee Burris' (Brookfield, Nova Scotia) hit the crossbar with her backhand shot from in close.
Bowdoin iced the game with 5:37 to play when junior Maureen Greason (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) potted the rebound of her own shot. Greason tipped a shot from rookie Katie Leininger (Newtown, Penn.) that Evangelista got the right pad on, but Greason followed up and lifted the rebound over Evangelista.
Southern Maine is off until New Year's Day (5:00 p.m.) when it hosts Amherst College. Bowdoin will entertain the University of New England this Friday (7:00 p.m.).