Bowdoin Sneaks by Women’s Hockey in Final Seconds of Regulation

BOSTON, Mass. - A Ariana Bourque goal with 11 seconds remaining in the third period would give the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College their first win of the 2013-14 season as they defeated women's ice hockey by the final of 2-1 Tuesday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena in a non-conference contest.

With the loss the Beacons fall to 1-6-1 on the season, while Bowdoin improved to 1-2-0.  The victory also marked the third straight for the Polar Bears over the Beacons and was the third time that Bowdoin skated away with a one-goal decision.

The goal for Bourque marked her third of the season and second in the contest.  Her first tally of the night came at the 14:33 mark in the final period to tie the game at 1-1.  Her back-to-back tallies erased a Beacons lead which had stood at one minute, 45 seconds into the second period. 

Assisting the game-tying goal for the Polar Bears was Jessica Bowen, while the pass that earned Bowdoin the victory went to Chelsea MacNeil, her first of the year.  For the Beacons they ended the scoreless draw in the second on a brilliant bang-bang play from Tori Pizzuto (Waterford, Conn.) and Emily Howard (Terryville, Conn.).

The defenseman turned forward this season, Pizzuto fired off a shot that beat Bowdoin's Lan Crofton to the near post.  The goal marked the first of the season for Pizzuto and first since the 2011-12 campaign.  Pizzuto was sidelined last year after suffering a season ending injury in the season opener against Manhattanville College.  Howard's assist marked the first of the season for the junior as laid a perfect pass to Pizzuto, who then brought it up the ice and finished off in style.

Between the pipes, sophomore Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) played a very strong contest, but the two late goals ended her chance of earning her first win of the year.  The Arlington native registered 26 saves to match Crofton, who improved to 1-2-0 on the season following the victory.

To say the two teams were even throughout Tuesday's contest would be an understatement.  Through the first two periods the teams were even in the shots column at 18 apiece.  In the third they were tied at 9-9 for the third straight time, but it was the 10th shot of the period for the Polar Bears that earned them the victory.

On the power-play UMass Boston finished 0-for-4, while the Polar Bears went 0-for-3.

Women's Hockey returns to action on Sunday when they travel to Colby College for a 2 p.m. non-conference game.