CLINTON, N.Y. – Kayte Holtz assisted on all five Bowdoin goals and Tara Connolly made 22 saves to lead the Polar Bears to a 5-1 win over Hamilton College in a NESCAC game at Hamilton’s Russell Sage Rink on Friday evening.
Kim Tess-Wanat tallied two goals, and Madeline Lane, Colleen Finnerty and Chelsea MacNeil added one apiece. Gabby Grandin was credited with two assists for the Polar Bears. Nikki Haskins scored the goal for the Continentals. Becca Hazlett stopped 32 shots in net.
Bowdoin (11-7-3 overall, 9-4-0 NESCAC) opened the scoring at 17:41 of the first period when Holtz played the puck ahead to Lane on a rush, and Lane fired a slap shot from the left point into the back of the net. The Polar Bears led 1-0 at the first intermission.
Bowdoin doubled its lead at 7:02 of the second period. Grandin fired a shot from the right point that was blocked, and Holtz collected the puck outside the right post. After Holtz sent the puck towards the front, Tess-Wanat slid it into the net for her first goal of the game. The Polar Bears led 2-0 at the second intermission.
Finnerty extended Bowdoin’s lead to 3-0 at 8:47 of the third period when she banged home a rebound following a pair of shots by Holtz that were initially saved. Hamilton (8-12-1, 5-8-0 NESCAC) narrowed its deficit to 3-1 when Haskins tallied her third goal of the year at 10:02 of the period. DiCarlo played the puck ahead to Runyon on a rush up the right side, and Runyon sent a pass to Haskins in front for a one-timer.
The Polar Bears responded with a goal just 12 seconds later to regain a three-goal advantage. Tess-Wanat played the puck to Holtz in the left circle, who played it right back to Tess-Wanat at the far post for a one-timer into the back of the net. Finnerty closed the scoring with 1:25 to play when she collected Holtz’s pass in traffic outside the left circle, skated towards the goal, and lifted a shot into the top of the net for her third goal of the season.
Bowdoin held a 37-23 shot advantage. The Polar Bears went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Continentals were 0-for-4. Bowdoin leads the all-time series 23-2-3.
Hamilton takes on Bowdoin again on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m.