Walther '18 backstops women's hockey to third straight shutout

Sam Walther '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Sam Walther '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals skated to a scoreless tie against Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon at Bowdoin's Sidney J. Watson Arena in Brunswick, Maine.

The Polar Bears outshot Hamilton 27-19, but standout goaltender Sam Walther '18 made key saves to preserve the tie. The Continentals (12-6-2, 8-3-1 NESCAC) come out of the week with a 2-0-1 record in three games. This is Hamilton's first NESCAC tie this season.

Walther and the Continentals did not concede a goal in three games this week, blanking Bowdoin in both games this weekend. They lead the nation in scoring defense with 0.95 goals allowed per game and have given up 11 goals in twelve NESCAC contests. Walther's 0.89 goals against average, .966 save percentage and nine shutouts are all tops in Division III.

Both teams had good scoring opportunities in the first period. Olivia Hawes '19 rang the puck off the near post early in the period. Bowdoin had nine shots in the period, including a pair of two-on-one opportunities that Walther turned aside.

Early in the second, Missy Segall '21 attempted to finish a give-and-go at the left post, but could not convert on the pass. Bowdoin (9-7-2, 3-7-2) had their best opportunity of the period a few minutes later, but Walther denied the shot with her stick.

Midway through the third, Walther stopped an initial shot and the rebound on Bowdoin's best chance of the period. Walther kept the Continentals alive in the final seconds by securing a deflected puck into her glove.

Hamilton's best chance to win the game in overtime was when the puck rolled across Bowdoin's crease, but a defender reached it first to swipe it away.

The Continentals' penalty kill held Bowdoin scoreless on three chances. They lead Division III in penalty kill at 95.6 percent. Hamilton came away empty in two power-play opportunities.

The Continentals are on the road again next weekend when they take on the Amherst College Mammoths in Massachusetts on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m.

-- Release by Julia Booth '19