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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 1, 2012
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Colby College women's hockey team took a 2-0 lead into the third period, but Bowdoin College scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation and then won 3-2 in overtime in NESCAC play Saturday.
Bowdoin improves its record to 3-1-0 (2-0-0 NESCAC), while Colby falls to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the league.
After a scoreless first period, Colby converted on a power play at 6:08 into second. Colby's Carolyn Fuwa sent a hard shot towards Bowdoin goalie Tara Connolly. Connolly's initial stop left the puck loose in front of the net where Lauren Guarente quickly picked up the rebound to put away the first goal of the game.
The Mules came out and doubled their lead with a goal just 1:40 into the third period. Natalie Fischer carried the puck down the left side, finally crossing to the right, she found the inside of the right post to net the second goal of the game.
Bowdoin finally answered back, cutting the Colby lead in half, with 5:54 remaining in the game. After a couple quick passes between Rachel Kennedy and Stephanie Ludy, Colleen Finnerty put in her first goal of the season.
The Polar Bears tied the game at 2-2 with 1:07 left in regulation. Taking the feed from Chelsea MacNeil, Kayte Holtz jumped over a sliding Colby defender and lifted a shot toward the top left corner. The puck cleared Colby goalie Brianne Wheeler's right shoulder and sent the teams into overtime.
Just 53 seconds into overtime, Kenzie Novak netted the winning goal for Bowdoin. Novak took the puck straight in on the Colby net and flicked a quick shot inside the left pipe to cap the comeback. Holtz, who tied the game, was credited with the assist along with Emily Tang. Bowdoin scored all three of its goals within a span of just 6:47.
Wheeler posted 40 saves in the loss for Colby and Connolly made 14 for Bowdoin. The Polar Bears held a substantial 43-16 edge in shots. Colby was 1-4 on the power play while Bowdoin went 1-6.