Polar Bears Continue to Roll, Dispatch Huskies in Seven-Goal Victory
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Six different players scored and Richard Nerland recorded a shutout as the Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team continued to roll in a resounding 7-0 win over the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday at Sidney J. Watson Arena.
The streaking Polar Bears (11-4-2) are unbeaten in their last seven games (6-0-1) and earn a measure of revenge for a December 6 loss to USM. Bowdoin has posted shutouts in consecutive games for the first time since February of 2006. The Huskies fall to 6-7-4 with the setback and were held scoreless for the first time this season.
Robert Toczylowski had two goals and one assist for the Polar Bears, who also got a three-point effort from Tim Coffey (one goal, two assists). Nerland stopped 21 shots for Bowdoin while Mason St. Hilaire made 39 saves for Southern Maine.
Bowdoin wasted little time in the opening frame as Connor Quinn received a pass from Tim Coffey and scored a breakaway goal over the glove of St. Hilaire at 2:14. Bowdoin increased its lead to 2-0 in the first period when Jordan Lalor finished off a loose puck in front of the net at 14:32. With less than a minute to play in the period, Erik Olson deflected a shot by Ryan Carney to increase the Polar Bear lead to 3-0.
Following a scoreless second frame, Bowdoin capitalized on the powerplay to start the third period with a booming shot from the point by Tim McGarry that found the upper right corner of the net at 1:16. Bowdoin continued its offensive onslaught when Toczylowski found Coffey open on the weak side for a tap in goal at 3:26. Toczylowski rounded out the scoring with consecutive goals, first putting home a rebound at 4:10 and then tucking a shot to the upper left hand corner of the net at 13:36.
The Polar Bears out shot the Huskies 44-21 for the game and will return to action at Amherst on February 3. Southern Maine will next play at Norwich this Friday.