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AMHERST, Mass. – Bowdoin College senior Kenzie Novak tallied a goal and an assist and Kayla Lessard '13 made 17 saves in net to lead the visiting Polar Bears to a 4-0 shutout of Amherst College in NESCAC women's hockey action Saturday night at Orr Rink.
After a scoreless first period, Chelsea MacNeil '15 and Kayte Holtz '13 tallied second-period power-play goals in a 25-second span and Rachel Kennedy '16 added an early third-period strike as Bowdoin improved to 17-4-2 (11-3-1 NESCAC), taking over second place in the conference standings as the Jeffs fell to 10-4-1 in league play (12-9-1 overall).
Amherst struggled to generate offense in the first, managing just two shots on net. Bowdoin couldn't break the deadlock either, however, as Amherst goalie Kerri Stuart '14 made several strong saves during the opening frame.
The Polar Bears broke through in a big way six minutes into the second. Going on the power play, Emily Tang '14 dished to Jay Greene '13 for a slap shot from the point and MacNeil was well-positioned for the close-range finish from the right post. Making the most of the one-up advantage, Bowdoin added a second tally just 25 seconds later as Kim Tess-Wanat '13 set up Holtz for a slap shot from the slot and the senior placed it beautifully, beating Stuart top-shelf left corner.
The Amherst offense showed promise, tallying 10 shots in the period, but Bowdoin killed the Jeffs' lone power play of the frame and Lessard preserved the shutout with strong work between the pipes, including stops on three strong attempts from Geneva Lloyd '13.
The visitors added to their lead just over four minutes into the third as Novak sliced in from the left circle for a shot and Kennedy jammed it in from close range for her team-leading 13th goal of the season. With four minutes remaining, Novak sent in the final Polar Bear tally, collecting a pass from Stephanie Ludy '13 and carrying in from the left side for a one-on-one backhand strike to the right corner.
Lessard improved to 11-3-2, notching her fifth shutout of the season while Stuart made 20 saves in the Amherst net. Bowdoin finished with a 24-17 shot advantage, going 1-for-3 on the power play while the Jeffs were 0-for-2.
The two teams will complete their weekend doubleheader in Sunday's regular season finale at 3 p.m. The contest will mark Senior Day for Amherst as the Jeffs honor Class of 2013 members Megan Doyen, Lloyd and Kaitlyn McInnis.