MANCHESTER, N.H. – The longest unbeaten streak in NCAA Divisions I and II came to an end as Bowdoin College scored twice in the third period to hand the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team a 3-2 defeat on Saturday at Sullivan Arena.
Saint Anselm (9-1-0) led 2-1 after two periods after a goal by Kathleen LeFebre in the final three minutes of the second. Bowdoin (3-0-1), however, got goals from Maureen Greason and Tala Glass in the final nine minutes to end the Hawks' 23-game unbeaten run dating back to last season. Saint Anselm's last loss had been a 3-1 defeat to Amherst College on Jan. 11, 2017.
LeFebre had the first multi-point game of her young career, finishing with a goal and an assist and now has at least a point in six of the last seven games for the Hawks. Senior Samantha Boyer scored the game's first goal for Saint Anselm in the first period.
With 8:19 elapsed in the opening period, Boyer scored her second goal of the season off assists from LeFebre and Caley Mueller on the power play. Mueller entered the offensive zone, dropped the puck off for LeFebre, who found Boyer to fire home from the slot.
The Hawks held the lead until Brooke Solomon evened the score with a power-play goal of her own at 14:32 of the second. After holding the puck in the zone on the left, Brigit Bergin sent the puck across to Maryanne Iodice for a one-timer from the right side that came off the far post. Solomon was first to the puck to convert in front of the net.
Just over three minutes later, LeFebre found the top-right corner from the middle of the right circle to give the Hawks the lead back at 2-1 after collecting a clearing attempt by Bowdoin following a shot by Mueller off the outside of the net.
Bowdoin tied the game for the second time at 11:05 of the third on its second power-play tally of the game. Greason was on hand to tap the puck in at the right post after Jess Cloutier tried to jam in a loose puck following a backhander by Marissa Fichter from between the circles.
Glass struck for the game-winner at 16:10 of the third, collecting the puck at center ice, crossing the blue line and unleashing a shot from the left point that went high in the air and over the head of goaltender Maddie Scavotto.
Saint Anselm held advantages in shots on goal in each period and led the shot count 29-16 for the game. Scavotto, who had won each of her prior 16 starts, suffered the loss with 13 saves, while Kerri St. Denis moved to 1-0-1 on the season with a 27-save afternoon for Bowdoin.
The Polar Bears were 2-for-6 on the power play in the game after the Hawks entered the day having killed off 39-of-40 penalties on the season.
Saint Anselm faces its second-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent when Colby College visits Sullivan Arena for a 7 p.m. start on Tuesday, Dec. 5.