BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team defeated Colby in their 199th meeting on Friday evening at Watson Arena, 3-1.
With the win, eighth-ranked Bowdoin (5-0-1, 2-0-1 NESCAC) extends its all-time series record to 104-87-8 against the Mules and have won six of the last seven meetings. Colby falls to 1-5-0 (0-3-0 NESCAC) this season with the loss.
Contributing two goals to the team's three goal performance, Bowdoin's Robert Toczylowski received the Peter Schuh Memorial Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the annual Bowdoin-Colby gamein Brunswick.
After the teams traded power plays to open the first period, Bowdoin put home the game's first goal at 16:36 when Toczylowski put home a loose puck inside the left post to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage. The Polar Bears doubled their lead less than two minutes later when Daniel Weiniger took control of the puck along the boards in his defensive zone. The senior co-captain beat one Colby defender and rifled a shot that beat Mule goaltender Jordan Nathan glove-side, giving Bowdoin a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period.
Colby trimmed Bowdoin's lead in half early in the second period when a turnover in the Polar Bear defensive zone came to Cory McGrath, who found Nick Lanza in front for a goal at 4:09. The Polar Bears made a bid to increase their lead on the power play late in the frame, but Nathan made a sparkling save on John McGinnis as time expired to maintain the one-goal deficit after two periods.
Toczylowski pushed the lead back to two goals just moments into the final frame, taking a long pass from Ryan Collier and depositing his second goal of the night inside the left post at 1:50. Colby's best late chance to draw closer came on a power play a midway through the period, but Cory McGrath's close-in chance banged off the post.
Bowdoin goaltender Stephen Messina made the lead stand, stopping 21 shots, including all 11 he faced in the final period of play. Jordan Nathan made 26 saves in 57:05 of play for Colby, who also had Matt Delaney make one save in a brief 1:40 stint of action.
The teams will clash for the 200th time in Waterville on Saturday evening. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Alfond Rink.