NEW LONDON, Conn.--Junior forward Ariana Bourque (West Barnstable, Mass.) scored her second goal of the night with 4:37 remaining in overtime to lift the fifth seeded Bowdoin College women's hockey team to a 3-2 victory against fourth seeded Connecticut College in a 2015 NESCAC Women's Hockey Championship quarterfinal contest played at Dayton Arena Saturday night.
The Polar Bears (11-9-5) advance to next weekend's NESCAC final four and will clash with top seeded Middlebury Saturday at Kenyon Arena in Middlebury, Vt. The Camels closed out another terrific season with a record of 12-10-3.
After a scoreless opening period of action, the Camels got on the board 61 seconds into the middle period with a power play goal. Sophomore Ashley Anctil (Manchester, Mass.) rifled home her ninth goal of the season and 17th of her career for the Camels. Steph Izzi (West Cornwall, Conn.) delivered the nice pass through the crease to earn her seventh assist and team-leading 19th point of the year.
Connecticut College doubled its lead with its second power play goal of the night with 10:41 remaining in regulation. Sophomore Julie Beattie (Livonia, Mich.) buried a slapper from the point. Senior Leigh Getz (Clifton Park, N.Y.) assisted on the marker. Amelia Dineen (Arlington, Mass.) provided a nice screen out in front in the slot for the Camels.
But in the latter stages of the third period, the Polar Bears took advantage of their power play to pull even with the hosts. With 5:52 remaining, Bourque halved the Camel lead when she redirected a shot that was blasted by Maryann Iodice (Lasalle, Que.) from the blue line. Junior forward Rachel Kennedy (Trumbull, Conn.) earned the second assist.
Then, with just 90 seconds left in the contest, the Polar Bears successfully executed on another power play with their goal empty, Kennedy supplied the equalizer with her 11th goal of the season, flicking one in with a nifty looking backhanded shot. Bourque and Kimmy Ganong (Boston, Mass.) assisted on the marker.
Connecticut College senior Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.) did all she could to keep the barn door shut, posting 38 saves in the contest. Fralick reached a career milestone at the end of the second period when she recorded her 2000th career save.
But Bowdoin finally broke the tie with 4:37 remaining in the first overtime. Bourque collected a loose puck out in front of the goal and went top shelf for a score to secure the victory for the visitors. Ganong and Iodice assisted on the game-winner.
With her two goals and one assist Saturday night, Bourque has now accounted for 22 points this season to lead the Polar Bears in offensive production.
Sophomore net-minder Lan Crofton (Milton, Mass.) made 36 saves in the triumph for Bowdoin.
Bowdoin held a 41-to-38 advantage on the shot chart.