January 29, 2011

Third Period Proves Fatal for Women’s Ice Hockey

NEW BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Sacred Heart University and Bowdoin women's ice hockey teams skated even through the first two period of play, Saturday night, but it was a four-goal third period for the Polar Bears that was the difference.  The Pioneers fell 6-2, snapping their three-game win streak and dropped to 7-16-0 on the season.  Bowdoin improved to 10-5-2 on the year.

SHU sophomore Megan Murphy (Holden, Mass.) gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead midway through the first period with her seventh goal of the season.  Sophomore Kayte Holtz responded in a big way for the Polar Bears with a pair of goals in the second period, the second of which came on a power play.  However, junior Nicole Palazzo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) pulled the Pioneers even with less than two minutes to play in the stanza.

In the third, freshman Mallory Andrews scored what would hold up as the game winner at the 12:29 mark.  Holtz put the game away with two more scores in the period, followed by a goal from junior Dominique Lozzi in the final 30 seconds.

Freshman netminder Alexius Schutt (Elk River, Minn.) provided 35 saves in net for the Pioneers, but it was Bowdoin sophomore Tara Connolly who needed just nine saves to earn the win.

Sacred Heart and Bowdoin return to the ice Sunday at 2:00 pm.