Abby Rutt '17 Nets Tying Goal, Jess Brennan '17 Has Goal & Assist as Women's Hockey Ties Bowdoin Before Falling in Rematch, 2-1
For the second time in a week, the Cardinals recovered from a 2-0 deficit against a NESCAC foe they have had minimal success against all-time and came back to gain a 2-2 tie while surviving a short-handed situation in overtime. Abby Rutt '17 (#16, main photo) knocked in her third goal of the season just eight seconds after Wesleyan had pulled goalie Laura Corcoran '16 in favor of a sixth attacker. Rutt made good from the slot on assist by Laura Mead '16 and Jessica Brennan '17 (#23, photo insert upper right) with 1:32 left in regulation. Earlier in the period, it was Brennan who lit the lamp with her team-leading seventh goal of the season, that coming at 6:54 on the power play. Jordan Schildhaus '15 and Laura Wasnick '15 picked up the helpers as the Cardinals cut the gap to 2-1.
Just eight second into overtime, Wesleyan picked up a penalty, similar to Wesleyan's misfortune against Middlebury a week before in a 2-2 tie, but the Cardinals weathered the storm and actually mounted a few choice scoring chances of their own, only to be robbed by the Bowdoin keeper. Wesleyan had a 4-2 edge in shots in overtime but Bowdoin had a 32-24 margin for the game. Corcoran gathered 30 stops on the night.
After a scoreless first perid, the Polar Bears built a 2-0 lead in the middle period, scoring twice in a span of just 1:01 with the second goal coming during a power-play chance. Each team had seven penalties in the contest, converting once with the extra man.
The tie ended a 10-game losing streak vs. Bowdoin, a team the Cardinals have not defeated in 15 years, going through an 0-27-1 stretch since last winning 4-3 in overtime Dec. 5, 1998. The squads completed their two-game NESCAC series in Brunswick, Me. Sat., Jan. 18 in another titanic, low-scoring struggle. The host got on the board at 6:36 of the first period before Rutt lit the lamp at 17:38 of the second period, aided by Wasnick. It came on the power play. The game looked destined for another overtime but Bowdoin made good on an opportunity with just 1:53 left and held on for the 2-1 win. Corcoran was a standout in net making 41 saves.
The Cardinals head to Plymouth St. Tues., Jan. 21 for an out-of-conference encounter with the Panthers. The game will feature both a webcast and LiveStats.