NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Erin Healy (Melrose, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season as the No. 8 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 overtime tie with Bowdoin at Dayton Arena on Friday evening.
After a scoreless and quiet first period which did not even feature a penalty, the Camels struck quickly in the second period when Healy finished a feed from freshman Mairi Anthony (Stoneham, Mass.) at the 2:34 mark. Both teams were unsuccessful on their first power play opportunities, and the score remained 1-0 heading into the second intermission.
Even though the hosts had a 14-6 shot advantage in the third and final frame, Bowdoin (9-7-3, NESCAC 3-7-3) was able to net the equalizer in the waning seconds of their second power play during the evening. Brooke Solomon found Brigit Bergin with the equalizer at 8:41 to eventually force overtime.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the extra session by attempting a combined nine shots on target. Camel netminder Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) and Polar Bear goalie Kerri St. Denis, however, turned away everything to force the game to end in a tie.
Mertz made 21 saves for Connecticut College, which has already clinched the right to host a NESCAC quarterfinal game in two weeks. St. Denis of Bowdoin turned away 33 shots.
Connecticut College (14-3-4, NESCAC 9-1-4) will face Bowdoin one more time tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Seniors Anna Bleck (Lake Forest, Ill.) Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.), Kate Kohl (Chelmsford, Mass.), Meghan Lembo (Southington, Conn.) and Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) will all be recognized for their contributions to the program prior to the contest.