Mass. College Hockey: NESCAC Tournament Championship Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

The NESCAC men’s and women’s ice hockey championships occurred this afternoon and two local squads competed in both contests (Amherst in the men’s game and Williams in the women’s contest). Below is the outcomes and game summaries.

Men’s NESCAC Championship: Bowdoin 3, Amherst 2 (2OT): John McGinnis‘ second shot of the contest happened to be the game-winning goal as the Polar Bears skated past the Lord Jeffs and claimed their second straight NESCAC crown. With the win, Bowdoin earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament, which will commence later this week.

Danny Palumbo provided the Polar Bears with a 1-0 lead in the opening session before Amherst tied the contest in the second period with a power play goal by Elliot Bostrom.

Bowdoin retained the lead at 12:25 in the third following a goal from Kyle Lockwood, but Amherst countered with Brian Safstrom, which tied the game at 2-2 and forced an extra session.

Neither team was able to locate the back of their opponent’s cage in the first overtime, but Bowdoin managed to seal the win 22 seconds into the second extra session when McGinnis fired home the game-winner.

Amherst outshot Bowdoin, 43-33, and converted on one of six power plays, while the Polar Bears finished without a power play or shorthanded goal.

Women’s NESCAC Championship: Williams 4, Bowdoin 1: Hanna Beattie and Chelsey Stevenson netted back-to-back goals in the first period, which provided the Ephs with the lead for good as Williams defeated Bowdoin and captured its first-ever NESCAC crown. Williams will continue its season later this week in the NCAA Division 3 Tournament.

Beattie, Stevenson, Gabrielle Vukasin and Cristina Bravi each netted one goal, while Emily Krueger recorded three helpers in the win.

Bowdoin outshot Williams, 29-26, but finished 0-for-2 on the power play. Williams capitalized on 1-of-2 power plays when Vukasin netted her team’s third tally of the contest in the second period.

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