BIDDEFORD, Maine - The nationally-ranked Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team opened up a 2-0 lead and fended off the University of New England late for a 4-2 victory in non-league action Tuesday evening at the Harold Alfond Forum.
The Polar Bears, ranked ninth in the most recent USCHO national poll, improve to 2-0-1 on the young season, while the Nor'easters fall to 1-5-0.
Bowdoin got on the scoreboard first as senior Daniel Weiniger went top shelf at 4:14 of the first to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage. Juniors Ollie Koo and Harry Matheson were credited with assists on the play. The Polar Bears would double their lead 4:45 into the second frame when sophomore Danny Palumbo rifled a wrist-shot just under the crossbar. Sophomores Connor Quinn and Tim Coffey set-up the power-play tally.
UNE sliced its deficit in half at 15:17 of the second as sophomore Jared Melman knocked home a rebound from close range.
Leading 2-1 after two periods, Bowdoin got a much-needed third goal on the power play at 7:53 when Matheson took a pass from Weiniger and directed a shot towards the UNE cage that deflected off a Nor'easter defender and into the goal. Koo got the secondary assist on the play. UNE got back within one (3-2) two minutes later. Melman centered a pass from the left side that first-year Ryan Quinn one-timed into the net for his team-leading third goal.
Bowdoin would complete the scoring with 1:36 remaining. Junior goaltender Steve Messina cleared the puck to senior Rob MacGregor, who found junior Kyle Lockwood for the Polar Bear insurance goal.
Messina had 21 saves for the victory to up his record to 2-0. Sophomore Craig Ryan made 22 stops for the Nor'easters.
Bowdoin will host Salve Regina University in the opening day of the Bowdoin-Colby Faceoff Classic at Watson Arena at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.