|University of New England||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Julie Dachille scored a power play goal with under five minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Bowdoin women’s ice hockey team to a 2-1 final against the University of New England on Friday night.
The Polar Bears remain perfect and improve to 4-0-2. The Nor’Easters fall to 4-6-1.
After 26 minutes of scoreless hockey, Bowdoin broke through at 6:21 in the second period to go ahead 1-0. Tala Glass fired a shot off from the slot that Sydney Helmbrecht turned away. Waiting in the crease, Dachille slid the puck back out to Glass who took a second shot. Again Helmbrecht denied the bid, but this time the rebound kicked towards the right post. Madeline Hall quickly collected the puck and
flipped a shot top shelf for her first of the season.
With 4:30 remaining in the period, Jess Cloutiercarried the puck down the right side to the dot and fed Dachille with a centering pass. Helmbrecht made a point-blank save to keep the Nor’Easters within reach.
UNE evened the game on a power play tally with 1:44 remaining in the middle frame. Shannon Smith banked the puck off the boards in front of the Bowdoin bench, back to Gabby Crugnale. Crugnale handled into the Polar Bear zone, around a pair of defenders, before wristing the puck off Sophia Lattanzio and into the net.
The Nor’Easters stormed back in the third and nearly took a lead with seven minutes to play. Michaela McLaughlin broke away from the neutral zone and faced Lattanzio in a one-on-goal. Approaching the crease, McLaughlin fired a shot towards the right post, which Lattanzio gloved out of the air.
After knocking on the door all night, Dachille finally put the puck away to regain the Bowdoin lead. On the power play, Maegan Sheehan took a shot form the right point that Helmbrecht turned away, but Dachille waited on the far post to poke home the rebound with 4:56 to play.
Helmbrecht ended the day with 36 saves in net for the Nor’Easters.
Lattanzio earned the win for Bowdoin behind a 17 stop performance.
The Polar Bears went 1-for-3 on the power play, while UNE was 1-for-5.
Mary Wirth paced the Nor’Easters offense with four shots on net.
Dachille led Bowdoin with nine shots, including two breakaways.