BRUNSWICK, Maine –(Bowdoin Athletic Communications) Rachel Kennedy scored a pair of goals to lead the Bowdoin women's ice hockey team to 3-1 Saturday win over Connecticut College and force a series split.
The tenth-ranked Polar Bears improve to 7-2-2 (3-1-0 NESCAC) on the season with the win, while handing the Camels 8-2-3 (3-1-2 NESCAC) their second loss of the season.
Bowdoin and Connecticut traded power play opportunities in the opening half of the first period, but it was not until two seconds remained in the first frame that either team would get on the board. After winning a faceoff in Camel territory on the right side the puck got tossed down behind the Camels' goal where Chelsea MacNeil slipped it out to Rachel Kennedy in front of the net. Kennedy quickly one-timed the sliding puck from the near side before Kelsie Fralick could adjust, and the Polar Bears took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
Carrying their momentum from the end of the previous period, Bowdoin doubled its lead 2:51 into the second frame. Flying down the left wing, Julie Dachille skated in on Fralick drawing the goalie towards the left post and slotted a low angle shot through the five-hole towards the inside of the right pipe for a 2-0 lead. The Polar Bears continued to pressure Connecticut's defense and tallied a third goal 7:40 into play off a breakaway by Kennedy. Brigit Bergin corralled the puck in neutral territory and passed up to Kennedy waiting on the Camels' blue line behind a pair of defenders. With empty ice between herself and Fralick, Kennedy skated down the slot and buried a top shelf shot for the 3-0 advantage.
Connecticut College quickly responded with its first of the game off a breakaway by Ashley Anctil. Collecting the puck at center ice off a Polar Bear turnover, Anctil took off down the left side and bested Lan Crofton with a wrister over the shoulder.
Bowdoin outshot the Camels by a slight 26-25 margin, with Crofton earning the win with 24 saves. Fralick made 13 stops in net before being relieved by Katherine Chester who made 10 saves.
The Polar Bears travel to the University of Southern Maine for a nonconference Tuesday evening tilt at 7:00 p.m. The Camels host Manhattanville that same day with a matching start time