Women’s Hockey Earns 1-1 Tie Against Bowdoin

January 25, 2014

Middlebury scored early in the third period on the power play and forged a 1-1 tie with Bowdoin (8-6-2, 3-3-2) in NESCAC action Saturday afternoon in Kenyon Arena. The second-ranked Panthers (11-1-3, 7-0-3) possessed a narrow 31-29 shots advantage in a game that featured up and down action throughout all 65 minutes. The Panthers hit the road for a Friday, January 31st game against Hamilton at 7:00 p.m. while the Polar Bears host Williams on Friday.

In the first period, Middlebury had an opportunity to strike first following a turnover deep in the Polar Bear defensive end. Sara Ugalde sent a laser shot that was saved by Bowdoin goalie Lan Crofton at the 6:45 mark. Nearing the halfway point, Bowdoin’s Ariana Bourque tapped in a rebound following a wraparound opportunity by Schuyler Nardelli and a pinpoint pass from Colleen Finnerty.

The second period featured fast-paced action from the start. Middlebury had a chance to tie the game just over five minutes in when Anna Van Kula had a wraparound shot hit the pipe and carom away. A little more than three minutes later, Bowdoin’s Mallory Andrews intercepted a Panther pass and Jones again made a butterfly save to her left. The action continued with seven minutes left, Pam Schulman received a pass behind the Bowdoin defense but was denied by Crofton.

Middlebury tied the game at 1-1 just 31 seconds into the third with the power play that carried over from the end of the second. Jennifer Krakower placed a low line-drive shot from just outside the right dot following quick passes across the zone from Carly Watson and Ugalde. Neither team scored during the final 10 minutes of regulation as the game went into the extra period.

In the overtime session, the two teams utilized the NESCAC women’s overtime rule of skating 4-on-4 as both teams had a handful of opportunities. One of the biggest saves of the game came from Jones with 25 seconds left. After Bowdoin won the faceoff, Chelsea MacNeil found an opening in the Panther zone and sent a quick, high and hard shot that Jones caught with her shoulder and preserved the tie.

The contest marked the 100th career game in a Panther uniform for Ugalde.

In net, Crofton (5-2-2) was credited with 30 saves, while Jones (8-0-3) picked up 28 stops for the Panthers.