Skaters pick up back-to-back wins on road
After picking up back-to-back shut-out wins on the road versus Wesleyan and Trinity, the Bowdoin Women's Ice Hockey Team finished its regular season tied with Middlebury atop the NESCAC. Not only did the two teams post identical records, but also the Bears and Panthers were tied in every category used as a tie-breaker.
So, with the location of the NESCAC tournament and a first round bye on the line, a coin toss was conducted. It seems luck was on the side of the Polar Bears, as they won the toss and will host the NESCAC tournament held on March 6 and 7. The Polar Bears will thus also enjoy a bye in the first round of the tournament, giving them two full weeks game-free to prepare for the climax of their season.
In the win against Wesleyan, Bowdoin blanked the Cardinals 5-0. Proving the team's immense depth, five different skaters scored for Bowdoin. Reigning NESCAC Field Hockey Player of the Year Marissa O'Neil '05 knocked in the game winning goal in the first period, which was followed by tallies from Jayme Woogerd '07, Meghan Gillis '07, Gillian McDonald '04, and Britney Carr '04.
Carr, who has been surging offensively of late, now leads the Bowdoin team in points and is fourth in the NESCAC. Nat Morgan '06 and Cat MacEachern '06 shared credit for the shut-out victory.
The Bears continued to impress offensively, notching a 10-0 score against Trinity College in their second match-up of the weekend. Woogerd and Katie Forney '07 each collected two goals against the Bantams, while defender Meghan Tanguay '07 produced a goal and two assists.
Also contributing to the onslaught were Carr, O'Neil, and Gillis-all three picking up a goal and an assist. Shockingly enough, goalie Cat MacEachern was also credited with a goal for Bowdoin. On the defensive end, MacEachern notched 11 saves, enough to earn the Bears a shut-out W and a final record of 18-4-1, 15-1 in conference play.
The first round of NESCAC tournament action will be held tomorrow on the home ice of the higher seed. Number seven Connecticut College will travel to number two Middlebury, number six Wesleyan will head to number three Williams, and number five Amherst will make the long trip to play number four Hamilton.
Grateful for the extra weekend without a game, the Bears have not been resting on their laurels now that the regular season is over. They have been hitting the ice, hitting the weight room, and embracing off-ice speed workouts in preparation for their journey to the top of DIII ice hockey.
Adding to the high team morale is the return of Jenn Pelkey '04, who has been freed from her evil cast and was able to test her wounded paw out on the ice this past week.
The Bears can only hope to extend their season long enough so their fallen warrior Pelks can make her triumphant return back to the ice. No one knows what tales this year's NESCAC tournament will tell, but if this season has been any indicator, the only thing one can expect is the unexpected!
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