BOSTON, Mass. - A shorthanded goal in the third period by Bowdoin was the difference as the Stevenson women's ice hockey team dropped its opening game in the 10th Annual Codfish Bowl hosted by UMass Boston Monday afternoon at Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
The Mustangs (6-5), who were making their fourth appearance in the Codfish Bowl and first since 2015, fall to 3-4 all-time. The team is also 1-2 in neutral site games this season. It was also the first-ever meeting versus Bowdoin.
The first period belonged to the Polar Bears (5-1-2) who maintained the puck in their offensive zone for the majority over the opening 20 minutes. Bowdoin outshot the Mustangs 13-4 in the first frame, including four shots on its first power-play opportunity.
Stevenson also totaled five blocks in the first period, including three by junior Natalie Rosendahl, who finished with four in the game.
The Mustangs had their best scoring chance of the game in the opening five minutes of the second period but they could not put the bouncing puck in the back of the net. Stevenson recorded two shots on its first of two power play opportunities.
After Bowdoin recorded the opening two shots of the third period, the Mustangs had the next six shots on frame but all were knocked away by Kerri St. Denis.
The Polar Bears scored the only game of the game 5:43 into the third as Brooke Soloman and Julie Dachille connected on a two-on-one. Soloman sent a one-timer just under the bar on the glove side of sophomore Caitie Darosa.
Darosa finished with a career-high 32 saves. Meanwhile, junior Chelsea Ellis won all eight of her face-off opportunities.
Bowdoin outshot the Mustangs, 33-18 while winning 21 of the 37 face-offs.
Stevenson returns to action on Tuesday, January 3 when the Mustangs face Post in the consolation game of the Codfish Bowl beginning at 1:00 p.m.