Men's Ice Hockey Holds Off Late Surge By Salve Regina in Faceoff Classic Opener

Rob Toczylowski had two goals and an assist in Saturday's win
Rob Toczylowski had two goals and an assist in Saturday's win

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team skated to a four-goal lead and held off a late charge to defeat Salve Regina, 6-5, on the opening day of the Bowdoin-Colby Faceoff Classic on Saturday at Watson Arena.

The ninth-ranked Polar Bears improve to 3-0-1 and will face Suffolk University in Waterville at 1:00 p.m. The Seahawks drop to 2-6-0 and will play at Colby at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Robert Toczylowski had two goals and an assist for Bowdoin while Daniel Weiniger pitched in a pair of goals. Peter Gintoli had two scores and a helper for Salve Regina.

Connor Quinn got the hosts on the board first when he intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and slipped a shot from the right slot inside the left post at 5:44. Gintoli was able to even the score for the Seahawks about five minutes later, taking advantage of a defensive miscue by the Polar Bears to net a breakaway score at 11:03. Bowdoin quickly regained the lead as Weinger collected a rebound to the right of the net and tucked the put-back inside the post just 46 seconds later. Toczylowski's first goal of the night with 26 seconds left in the opening period gave the Polar Bears a 3-1 lead at intermission.

Another breakaway goal for Gintoli - this time shorthanded - drew the Seahawks within 3-2 just 3:11 into the second frame, but the Polar Bears erupted for three goals in a span of 2:03 to take a commanding 6-2 edge later in the stanza. Kyle Lockwood deked Salve netminder David Chiokadze out of position and slipped the puck into an open net at 13:42 before a rebound goal by Weiniger came 34 seconds later. Toczylowski wristed a top-shelf goal at 15:45 to give the hosts a four-goal advantage. A Chase Davis put-back for Salve at 16:57 drew the visitors to within 6-3 at the end of two periods.

John Scorcia made it 6-4 by beating a Bowdoin defender 1-on-1 at 9:53 of the final frame, drawing a penalty in the process. On the ensuing power play, Marc Biggs deposited a slap shot into the top right corner, drawing Salve to within 6-5 with 8:28 remaining. Both teams traded blows over the final minutes but neither would find the  back of the net again as the Polar Bears clung to the one-goal victory.

Steve Messina made 34 saves in net for the Polar Bears. Chiokadze allowed all six of Bowdoin's goals over the first 35:45, making 24 saves before being replaced by Mike McDonald, who stopped ten shots in 22:58 of play.