BRUNSWICK, Maine – The host Polar Bears converted on two of its seven power play opportunities as the Saint Anselm women's hockey team fell at Bowdoin, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Sidney J. Watson Arena in Brunswick, Maine.
Bowdoin remains unbeaten on the year, improving to 4-0-2 overall while Saint Anselm's second straight loss drops the Hawks to 6-3-1 overall.
After controlling much of the first period, Saint Anselm found itself behind 1-0 on a game-opening goal from Bowdoin's Rachel Kennedy. With a Polar Bear on her hip, Hawk junior defenseman Halle Kent (Lake Placid, N.Y.) responded, carrying the puck up the left side of the ice and around the Polar Bear net. Waiting between the circles was sophomore forward Alison Butler (Danvers, Mass.), who received the pass through the zone and one-timed it glove side past Bowdoin goaltender Lan Crofton.
Aside from Butler's equalizer, the Hawks never solved Crofton between the pipes as she saved 21 Saint Anselm attacks. Sophomore Hannah Synnott (Montclair, N.J.) recorded 20 saves on the Hawks' side, falling to 2-3-1 overall.
The Polar Bears' Kennedy, skating in just her second game of the year, recorded her first three goals of the season in hat-trick fashion including both of the team's power play tallies. Kennedy scored in each period and Bowdoin's Ariana Bourque dished out three assists on the afternoon.
For the second straight game, Saint Anselm was plagued by penalties. Half of Bowdoin's goals came with a Hawk in the box while Saint Anselm was 0-for-4 in power play chances.
The Hawks will take the remainder of 2014 off as they prepare for final exams and the ensuing Christmas break. Saint Anselm will return to action in January, kicking off the New Year with a trip to Sacred Heart before traveling to Duluth, Minn., to take on Saint Scholastica for a two-game slate. The Hawks will play six straight games on the road before returning to Sullivan Arena on Saturday, Jan. 24 to host Holy Cross.
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