BRUNSWICK, Maine – Senior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) picked up her fourth clean sheet of the season as the Connecticut College women's ice hockey team skated to a scoreless tie with Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Watson Arena.
The best chance for either team to score came in the final minute of the opening period with Bowdoin (3-17-2, NESCAC 2-11-1) on a power play. Nell Fusco fired a slapshot from the center that rang off the left post.
With about five minutes remaining in the second period, senior captain Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) almost put the Camels on the board by skating freely and lifting a shot over the crossbar. The Polar Bears also had chances, as Mertz made back-to-back saves in the final 10 seconds by redirecting quick shots from Izzi Shoddard and Marissa Fichter.
Connecticut College had additional chances to light the lamp in the final period. Junior Kylie Wilkes (Howell, N.J.) and Polar Bear netminder Kerri St. Denis each went for a 50/50 puck sitting just outside the crease, but it was St. Denis who sprawled and got to the spot first to clear it out of danger. St. Denis also denied a one-timer by senior Paige Michel (Essex, Conn.) in the final seconds of regulation, and the teams headed to overtime.
Each team had its opportunities to score in the overtime session. However, Mertz made a stick save off an attempt by Katie Leninger, and a shot by sophomore Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) through traffic was also turned away on the other end.
Mertz collected her fourth shutout by making 29 saves for Connecticut College, while Bowdoin's St. Denis blanked an opponent for the first time by stuffing 25 shots.
Connecticut College (10-8-3, NESCAC 6-5-3) returns home to play Hamilton in a pair of pivotal NESCAC games which will decide home ice advantage in the upcoming conference tournament. The teams will first square off on Friday evening at 7 p.m.