Brunswick, Maine - The Bowdoin College Polar Bears scored twice in the first period and never looked back in a 3-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams on Friday night in New England Smal College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's ice hockey action at Watson Arena in Maine. Trinity falls to 7-15-1 overall and 3-11-1 in conference play while the Polar Bears improve to 11-8-3 on the year and 5-7-3 in league action.
Bowdoin senior Julie Dachille (Venetia, Pa.) scored 3:04 into the game to give the Polar Bears a quick 1-0 lead. Dachille skated through a pair of Trinity defenders before roofing a shot on Bantam senior goalie Sydney Belinskas (Port Orange, Fla.) for her first of the period. Trinity senior co-captain Hannah Oganeku (Castle Pines, Colo.) had a good look at net just two minutes later when she fired a shot towards Bowdoin netminder Kerri St. Denis (Harpswell, Maine), but St. Denis turned the puck aside with her blocker to preserve the 1-0 advantage.
Bantam co-captain Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) also had a prime scoring chance for the visitors, finding herself alone with St. Denis on a breakaway, but Finn's attempt at the near-side post was gobbled up by the glove of St. Denis. The Polar Bears doubled their lead at the 8:35 mark on Dachille's second score of the period via an assist from Brooke Solomon (Parkton, Md.) to give the hosts a two-goal advantage at the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period, Dachille completed her hat trick with just 1:35 left to play in the third period. Solomon poked the puck out of Bowdoin's own zone and Dachille skated the length of the ice before burying a point-blank shot. Trinity finished with the advantage in shots, 27-24, while the two sides combined for five penalties.
The two teams square off again tomorrow in the series finale, scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.