Jeffs Secure #2 Seed with 5-2 Win at Bowdoin

Fisher2 Courtesy of Bowdoin College

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Josie Fisher '12 scored a pair of goals to propel the third-ranked Amherst College women's ice hockey team to a 5-2 win over Bowdoin College Friday evening at Sidney J. Watson Arena.

The Lord Jeffs improve to 19-4-0 (13-2-0 NESCAC) and have secured the No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference championship. The Polar Bears lose their second consecutive outing and dip to 11-9-3 (9-6-0 NESCAC). 

In addition to Fisher's two tallies, Stephanie Clegg '12 had a pair of assists for the Jeffs. Bowdoin received goals from Kim Tess-Wanat and Shelagh Merrill in the loss.

The Polar Bears scored first, taking advantage of a 2-on-1 rush after an Amherst turnover in the neutral zone. The Lord Jeffs blocked the passing lane, allowing Tess-Wanat to rip a shot to the upper left corner of the net just 4:54 into the contest. 

Amherst tied the game less than three minutes later on the power play when Emily Flom '15 snapped a strong wrist shot over the outstretched glove of Bowdoin's Tara Connolly.

Fisher gave Amherst the lead for good late in the first period when she put home a rebound at 16:57. Fisher converted on another rebound at 19:38 to give the visitors a 3-1 lead heading into the second frame.

After a scoreless second period, Amherst built its lead to 4-1 with a goal by Megan Doyen '13 at 11:46 of the third. Shelagh Merrill cut the Bowdoin deficit to two when she scored a breakaway goal with 4:53 left, but Emily Vitale '12 sealed the win for Amherst on an empty-netter with 24 seconds on the clock.

Connolly made 22 saves for Bowdoin in the loss. Sinead Murphy '12 had 29 saves for Amherst, as Bowdoin held a 31-27 edge in shots. Amherst went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Bowdoin went scoreless in three chances.

The teams will play again at Watson Arena on Saturday, with faceoff scheduled for 3 p.m.