Women's Hockey Skates to 2-2 Tie at Bowdoin

Vitale2 Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The third-ranked Amherst women's hockey team netted a pair of second-period goals en route to a 2-2 overtime tie in its regular season finale against Bowdoin. 

Moving to 19-4-1 (13-2-1 NESCAC) on the season, Amherst entered the game having already clinched the second seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship. The Lord Jeffs open up their postseason run on Saturday, Feb. 25 against Conn. College, while the Polar Bears (11-9-4/9-6-1 NESCAC), who locked up the third seed with the tie, play host to Williams.

Looking to stake the home team to an early lead, Kim Tess-Wanat '13 picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, creating a 2-1 advantage before feeding Kayte Holtz '13 with a nice cross-ice pass for a goal just 8:17 after the opening whistle. 

Hoping to pad the Bowdoin lead, Dominique Lozzi '12 picked up a loose puck behind the net and beat Amherst's Sinead Murphy '12 (Rochester, Minn.) with a backhanded shot at 11:21, giving the home team a 2-0 cushion after the first 20 minutes.

Trying to set the tone in the middle frame, the Jeffs peppered the net in the second, taking 20 shots. Wasting no time getting on the board, Emily Flom '15 (Grosse Point Farms, MI) blasted a slap shot past junior goaltender Kayla Lessard at 4:34 before Emily Vitale '12 (Cheshire, Conn.) banged home a rebound at 13:34 to pull Amherst even.

The Lord Jeffs continued to apply the bulk of the offensive pressure in both the third period and extra session, pinning the Polar Bears in their defensive zone for long stretches of time, but Lessard was outstanding, making 30 of her 38 saves in the final 25 minutes to preserve the tie. 

Murphy made 17 stops for the Jeffs, who held a decisive 40-19 shot advantage. Amherst finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while holding Bowdoin to an 0-for-2 clip with the man-up advantage.