WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's hockey team found themselves in unfamiliar territory as it took a goal from senior Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) with 44 seconds left in regulation to salvage a 5-5 tie with Bowdoin, keeping the Crusaders' unbeaten streak intact. With the tie, Holy Cross is now 7-0-1 overall (5-0-0 ECAC East) and Bowdoin sits at 0-1-1 overall (0-0-0 NESCAC). Garat led the Crusaders with two goals on the night.
The game started off with a high-scoring, five goal first period. Holy Cross was charged with a holding penalty one minute into the game which Bowdoin capitalized on with their first of two power play goals of the stanza at 2:15 of the first period. The Polar Bears' goal was scored by Shelagh Merrill, assisted by Dominique Lozzi and Madeline Lane. The Crusaders tied the score 1-1 at 6:56 when Garat found the back of the net off of assists by junior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) and freshman Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.). With two Crusaders in the penalty box, a second Bowdoin power play goal broke the tie at 15:49, this time scored by Stephanie Ludy. Lozzi and Emily Tang were credited with assists. The Polar Bears extended the lead to 3-1 less than two minutes later off a Kendra Sweet goal, with assists by Alexandra Fahey and Chelsea MacNeil. A pair of Holy Cross freshmen connected late in the period to narrow the gap to 3-2 as Madison Schneider (Fort Myers, Fla.) scored off a pass from Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.).
The two squads traded goals in the second period. Sweet scored her second goal of the night at 7:39 to bump the Bowdoin lead to 4-2. MacNeil recorded her second assist of the game on the goal. One minute later, English scored Holy Cross' first power play goal of the game with assists by Panarelli and sophomore Emily Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.). The period ended with Bowdoin maintaining a 4-3 lead.
For the first time of the season, Holy Cross trailed going into the third period. Senior captain Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) made sure that deficit did not last long when she intercepted the puck and scored an unassisted, shorthanded goal 18 seconds into the period off a breakaway. The 4-4 tie was broken shortly after when Bowdoin's Kayte Holtz scored off a Kim Tess-Wanat assist at 1:53 of the third period.
Trailing 5-4 late into regulation, things looked grim for the Crusaders when Hochkins was charged for a two-minute checking penalty while battling for a puck deep into the offensive zone. Holy Cross killed the penalty to go back to even strength with just over a minute left. Shortly after exiting the penalty box, Hochkins drew a Bowdoin tripping penalty to give Holy Cross one last power play opportunity. The Crusaders pulled their goaltender to give themselves a two skater advantage and tied the game 5-5 on Garat's second goal of the evening with just 44 seconds remaining in regulation. Panarelli earned her third assist of the evening, along with an assist by freshman Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) on the game's equalizer.
In the overtime period, each team was able to target one shot on goal, but the stalemate remained a 5-5 tie as the final horn sounded. Freshman goalie Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) made 22 saves on the night, moving her record to 2-0-1 on the season.
Holy Cross will be back in action tomorrow with a non-conference game at Wesleyan beginning at 3:00 p.m.