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Women’s Hockey Suffers 4-3 OT Loss at Bowdoin in Season Opener

Alicia Nickolenko tallied a goal and an assist during the contest (Jonas Powell '18).
Alicia Nickolenko tallied a goal and an assist during the contest (Jonas Powell '18).

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Wesleyan women's hockey team (0-1-0. 0-1-0) suffered a 4-3 overtime loss at Bowdoin (1-0-0, 1-0-0) in its season opener on Friday evening. The teams will square off again tomorrow in the second game of the series at 3:00 p.m.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan scored just 1:54 into the game to take a quick 1-0 edge. Rachel Ziff controlled the puck deep in the right corner of the Wesleyan zone, before finding Steph O'Brien on the blue line. O'Brien carried the puck towards the goal, before sneaking the puck past Bowdoin goalie Dani Marquez's pads.
  • The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead 6:21 into the second frame. Colleen Castro's initial shot was denied, before Alicia Nickolenko one-timed the rebound into the goal.
  • The Polar Bears answered four minutes later in a similar fashion. Katie Leininger's initial shot was denied by Wesleyan netminder Allegra Grant, but Peyton Mulhern collected the rebound, cutting the deficit to one (2-1).
  • Less than a minute later, the Cardinals took a 3-1 lead. Audrey McMahon caused a turnover deep in the Bowdoin zone, before finding Cali Stevens in the slot for the tally.
  • Mulhern scored her second goal of the game with seven minutes remaining in the period. Izzi Stoddard slipped a pass from the right boards across to Mulhern at the far dot, before she wristed a shot top shelf to make it 3-2.
  • The Polar Bears found the equalizer midway through the third. Angelina Joyce rifled a shot from the right side, forcing Grant to make a big pad save, deflecting the puck to the opposite side. Stoddard was there to one-time the rebound into the near side, knotting the game 3-3.
  • Bowdoin's game-winner came with 38 seconds remaining in overtime. Mulhern deflected the puck from the slot towards Angelina Joyce on the left. Joyce connected with the bouncing puck, sneaking it past Grant for the 4-3 overtime win.  

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Grant made 29 saves in goal for Wesleyan, while Marquez stopped 21 for the Polar Bears.
  • The Cardinals held a 32-25 advantage in shots.