Miranda Bell scored with 32 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Bowdoin (2-13-1, 1-7-0) to a 3-2 victory over #7 Middlebury (9-1-3, 5-0-2) in Watson Arena. The Panthers return to action on Friday night when they host Hamilton at 7:00 p.m.
The Panthers held a 13-3 shot advantage in the opening period, but neither team was able to convert. Madie Leidt broke out down the left boards and had a good look, but her wrister went into the chest of Bowdoin goaltender Kerri St. Denis.
Meghan Keating put a diving shot on net after a feed from the right corner, but St. Denis made a kick save to preserve the clean slate. Leidt forced St. Denis to make another quick blocker save minutes later.
The Polar Bears took their first lead of the game on a power play 3:27 into the second period. Katie Leininger pulled the puck from behind the net and fed Bell at the left point. Bell traded the puck with Brooke Solomon inside the blue line before finally wristing a shot inside the far post.
The Panthers tied the game with 2:48 remaining in the period. Leidt flipped the puck from the Panthers own blue line up to Jenna Letterie waiting outside Bowdoin's zone. Letterie skated uncontested toward net and wristed a shot top shelf.
Middlebury had a great chance to go on top with 3:46 remaining, but Katherine Jackson's shot from point-blank range after a feed from Leidt was denied by St. Denis.
Bell's game-winner from the left dot hit traffic in front and bounced up and over the shoulder of Middlebury netminder Anna Goldstein (12 saves).
Middlebury outshot Bowdoin 38-14 in the game, but was stymied all afternoon by St. Denis, who finished with 37 saves.
The loss broke a nine-game unbeaten streak for the Panthers, dating back to November 25.