Brunswick, Maine - The Colby College Women's Ice Hockey team scored with 30.5 seconds left in overtime to defeat rival Bowdoin College by a score of 2-1. This marks the first time since 2001-02 that the Mules started 3-0 when that team won their first five games of the season.
Both goaltenders locked down their ends in the first period, keeping the match scoreless. The shots on goal favored the Mules 13-9. Colby took the lead 1-0 at 7:59 in the second period when Anna Cosentino (photo inset) was able to find the puck in front of Bowdoin goaltender Dani Marquez and knock it in. With the score, the Mules kept the momentum and finished the second period with 25 shots.
Down a goal, the Polar Bears added more pressure as the final period wound down. Angelina Joyce (four points in a two game sweep over Wesleyan last weekend) rifled the puck past Colby goaltender Nina Prunster off the rebound and tied the game 1-1 at 15:37. Bowdoin, with new life, looked to win the game but Prunster kept the Mules in it with save after spectacular save.
At the end of regulation the shots were in favor of Bowdoin 28-26. The Mules sent the puck in quickly to start overtime, but Marquez made another huge save. Colby took seven shots in the frame and Mckinley Karpa (1 goal, assist) got the breakaway from a Tess Dupre pass to keep the Mules undefeated and take the road win at Bowdoin. Karpa (headline photo) has now tallied 2 goals and 2 assists on the season.
"Bowdoin played a great game tonight and challenged us all over the ice," said head coach Holley Tyng. "I am extremely proud of how we competed and stuck to the game plan. Nina was unbelievable in net, and those were two really hard earned points."
Prunster ended the night with 28 saves while Marquez recorded 31. Colby improved their play in penalty kill mode from their performance last weekend, holding Bowdoin scoreless on all five power plays.
The Mules host the Polar Bears in the second part of the home and home on Saturday at 3:00pm.
(photo courtesy of Alec Chapman '21)