1,000 Hockey Fans Unite to Support Collegiate Women's Hockey in Beantown
BOSTON, Mass.—One thousand hockey fans congregated in America's oldest ballpark to celebrate the success of scholar athletes at two of the top 11 Colleges in the nation as Bowdoin College used a two goal spurt in a span of 1:38 in the middle period to pull away from eighth ranked Connecticut College in a mid-season NESCAC showdown at Capital One's Frozen Fenway in Boston Thursday.
The Polar Bears improved their record to 8-1-1 with the win and are 3-1-1 in NESCAC play. The Camels, who held a 24-18 advantage in shots, fell to 7-3-2 with a 4-2 mark in conference action. But there were no losers today as boys and girls and men and women of all ages united to celebrate in a city with a rich tradition of hockey.
Junior forward Julie Dachille (Venetia, Pa.) had a goal and an assist for the Polar Bears. Sophomore defender Maegan Sheehan (Middleton, Ill.) put in the difference maker with 8:59 remaining in the middle period.
Senior Katherine Chester (Mendham, N.J.) finished with 15 saves for the Camels. Sophomore Kerri St. Denis (Harpswell, Maine) turned aside 24 shots to earn the shutout for the Polar Bears.
The Camels secured the first promising scoring opportunity of the game three minutes into play. St. Denis poked away a wraparound shot from the Connecticut offense, but Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) collected the puck in the low slot and fired off a quick shot that was again denied.
Connecticut College nearly tallied a goal in the final two minutes. Sophomore Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) fed Paige Michel (Essex, Conn.) with a centering pass just outside the crease. St. Denis gloved the one-timer out of the air to deny the Camels and sent Bowdoin into the second intermission with a 2-0 lead.
The Camels dabbled in Bowdoin's defensive zone throughout the third period, but were unable to sustain the same pressure seen in the second frame. The Polar Bears pressured in the final two minutes, forcing Chester to remain on the ice until the final 14 seconds, denying the Camels an extended opportunity with an extra skater.
The Camels will return to action Saturday when the visit Wesleyan for a 3:00 p.m. game in Middletown, Conn.