Late Goal Lifts Women's Hockey Past Bowdoin

January 20, 2012

Katie Sullivan scored the game-winner with 1:34 remaining to lead fourth-ranked Middlebury (10-1-2, 8-1) to a 2-1 win over Bowdoin (6-6-2, 4-3) in Kenyon Arena. The two teams return to action tomorrow with game two of the series facing off at 3:00 p.m.

The first period saw Middlebury with a pair of missed power play opportunities, holding a 14-4 shots advantage after 20 minutes.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead 5:14 into the second session, with a goal just five seconds after a power play had ended. Hannah Bielawski earned her team-leading 10th assist, as her shot from the center point was saved by Tara Connolly (31 saves). Grace Waters pounced on the rebound and scored her fourth of the season from the low slot to give Middlebury a 1-0 advantage.

Bowdoin went on a power play late in the period, with Chelsea MacNeil just missing on an open look with 45 seconds remaining. The power play continued into the third period, with the Panthers earning a successful kill.

The Polar Bears tied the game 13:47 into the third period, when Stephany Ludy scored her seventh of the year. Dominique Lozzi skated into the slot area, before sliding a quick pass to Ludy at the left dot. Ludy quickly wristed a shot into the top right corner, over the glove of Panther netminder Annabelle Jones (16 saves) to knot the game at 1-1.

Late in the game, Grace Waters intercepted a pass behind the net, trying to quickly stuff a shot past Connolly. The puck squirted through to the far side, where Sullivan was there to net her fourth of the season for the game-winner.

Bowdoin pulled Connolly with 1:18 remaining, but were unable tie the game with the extra attacker. Middlebury finished the game with a 33-17 shots advantage.