December 1, 2012

Men's Hockey Equals Best Start in a Decade With Saturday Victory at Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team used oustanding special teams play to roll to a 5-2 win in its 200th meeting with Colby on Saturday evening at Alfond Rink.

Five different players scored for the eighth-ranked Polar Bears (6-0-1, 3-0-1 NESCAC), who put home three power play and one short-handed goal on the night. Bowdoin is off to its best start since the 2002-03 campaign when they opened with a 7-0-0 mark. Colby falls to 1-6-0 (0-4-1 NESCAC) with the loss.

In the longest-running small-college hockey rivalry, the Polar Bears now hold a 105-87-8 lead and have claimed seven of the last eight games between the schools. Bowdoin has also won three straight in Waterville for the first time since 2003-05.

The teams traded power play goals in a fast-paced opening period. Harry Matheson got things going on the power play for Bowdoin, notching his third goal of the season just three minutes in. Ray Zeek replied with a power play goal at the 9:44 mark of the first period for Colby before Bowdoin's Daniel Weiniger banged home his fifth tally of the year with the extra man at 13:29.

A shorthanded goal by Rob MacGregor just 55 seconds into the second period pushed Bowdoin's lead to 4-2 but Matt Gelnaw was able to get it back eight minutes later for Colby, cutting the lead to 4-2 after two frames.

Bowdoin put the game away with a pair of third-period scores. Connor Quinn notched his fourth goal of the season at 6:15 and Kyle Lockwood put home a power play chance at 10:04 to close out the win.

Max Fenkell made 19 saves for Bowdoin, who held a 30-21 advantage in shots. Jordan Nathan made 25 saves for the Mules. The Polar Bears finished 3-5 on the power play for the night. Tim McGarry and Colin Downey had two assists apiece in the winning effort.

The Polar Bears will look to continue their hot start when they take to the road next week, returning to action at Southern Maine on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

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