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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 10, 2010
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Samantha Slotnick scored her first collegiate goal for the Colby College women’s hockey team in a 3-1 loss at Bowdoin College on Friday afternoon in NESCAC play at Sidney J. Watson Arena.
Colby falls to 2-5 overall heading into Saturday’s 3 p.m. game at University of Massachusetts at Boston. The Polar Bears move to 5-2 overall.
The Polar Bears broke into the scoring column at 7:39 when Kendra Sweet ripped a shot from the point that Kayte Holtz tipped in front to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage. The Polar Bears doubled their lead with 1:05 left in the frame when Madeleine Lane snapped a wrister from the blue line that got into the back of the net.
Colby bounced back to start the second period and cut the lead in half when Sylvia Xistris found Slotnick loose behind the Polar Bear defense. Slotnick deposited the breakaway top-shelf to make it 2-1 at 12:13. Bowdoin rebounded with a goal of their own when Shelagh Merrill banged home a rebound at 15:13 to increase the Polar Bear lead to 3-1 after two periods of play.
Tara Connolly made the lead stand in the third period, making seven saves and finishing with 15 for the game as the Polar Bears held a 25-16 advantage in shots on goal. Brianne Wheeler made nine stops and allowed a pair of goals in the first period before being replaced by Grace Dickinson, who stopped 13 shots over the final two periods.
Bowdoin 3, Colby 1
B: Kayte Holtz (Kendra Sweet, Emily Tang), 7:39
B: Madeline Lane (Kim Tess-Wanat, Michaela Calman), 18:55
C: Samantha Slotnick (Sylvia Xistris), 12:13
B: Shelagh Merrill (Kendra Sweet, Madeline Lane), 15:13
Shots: Colby 16, Bowdoin 25. Power play: Colby 0-4, Bowdoin 1-1. Goalies: Brianne Wheeler (Colby, 20:00, 2 GA, 9 saves) and Grace Dickinson (Colby, 39:04, 1 GA, 13 saves); Tara Connolly (Bowdoin, 60:00, 1 GA, 15 saves).