BRUNSWICK — Kaitlin O’Brien’s goal with under three minutes to play lifted the Saint Anselm women’s ice hockey team to a 2-1 win over Bowdoin College on Tuesday evening at Sidney J. Watson Arena.

The Hawks, who also got a goal from Courtney Winters and 19 saves from netminder Amy Zappen, improved to 9-4, while Bowdoin dropped to 4-5- 2.

Colleen Finnerty scored the lone Polar Bear goal, while goaltender Sage Santangelo was dealt a tough loss after making 24 saves.

After a scoreless first period,

Saint Anselm broke the ice just over a minute into the second frame. Molly Corl ripped a shot from above the left circle that skipped across the crease to Winters, who tapped home the puck on the far post at 1:21.

Bowdoin evened the score seven minutes later as Finnerty redirected a Maddie Baird slapshot at 8:07.

Saint Anselm came out firing in the third period, but Santangelo responded with several sparkling saves for the Polar Bears to keep the game even, the best coming on a breakaway by Rosemarie Giarrusso with 10 minutes to play.

The Hawks found the goahead goal with just under three minutes to play as O’Brien collected a loose puck in the neutral zone and snapped a shot on Santangelo, who made the initial leg pad save. O’Brien backhanded the rebound inside the left post to give the visitors a 2-1 lead with 2:56 remaining.

Bowdoin pulled Santangelo with 1:55 to go and peppered the Saint Anselm net, but Zappen turned aside the Polar Bear chances.

Saint Anselm held a 26-20 edge in shots.

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