Hartford, Conn. – The Bowdoin College Polar Bears and the Trinity College Bantams skated to a 1-1 tie in the opening contest of a two-game New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's ice hockey series in Hartford this evening at Williams Rink. Trinity moves to 8-12-3 overall and 7-6-2 in the NESCAC, while the Polar Bears are now 12-7-4 overall and 7-5-3 in the league. The teams will close the regular season tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Bowdoin scored just 1:48 into the first period and 28 seconds into the first of 12 power plays in the game on a goal by junior forward Maureen Greason (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) with assists credited to senior Kim Ganong (Brunswick, Maine) and Tala Glass (Glencoe, Ill.). Trinity answered at the 12:41 mark of the opening stanza when first-year Olivia White (Oakville, Ontario) stole the puck from the Bowdoin defense right in front of the Polar Bear net and fired a shot off the cross bar that was knocked in on a rebound by Bantam junior forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.). Both goaltenders were perfect from that point on, as junior Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) had 37 saves and sophomore Kerri St. Denis (Harpswell, Maine) had 25 stops for Bowdoin.
Bowdoin doubled up Trinity, 8-to-4, on shots in the first period, but each team took nine shots in the middle frame. Belinskas kept the game tied with a fantastic save against Ganong with five minutes left in the second period and made five more saves from that point on until the final intermission. She added eight saves during a 3:03 Polar Bear power play early in the third period including five in less than a minute while the Bantams were playing down two skaters, and finished with 18 stops in the final 20 minutes of regulation.
In overtime, Bowdoin managed six shots on goal to just one for the Bantams. Polar Bear junior Julie Dachille (Venetia, Pa.) had her wrist shot from close on the left wing saved by Belinskas during a 2-on-1 situation, and sophomore teammate Brooke Solomon (Parkton, Md.) missed just wide from straight-on at the one-minute mark. Trinity junior Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.) got a decent look with a shot from close on the left side after Finn was taken down by a Bowdoin defender and the puck was loose with 21 seconds on the clock. The Bantams earned their sixth power play of the game, but White took only shot during the session and it was wide of the net.