GORHAM, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team remained unbeaten by fending off the University of Southern Maine, 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Daniel Weiniger scored two goals and had an assist as the eighth-ranked Polar Bears improved their record to 7-0-1. The Huskies fell to 4-5-1 extending a three game losing streak.
Colin Downey was the first member of either team to find the net at the USM Ice Arena. After 10:42 of scoreless play, Downey connected with a pass from Weiniger for the first goal of the game. Following another eight minutes of play, Bowdoin's John McGinnis scored an unassisted goal to close out the first period.
Southern Maine worked quickly to halve Bowdoin's lead at the beginning of the second period. Just 2:43 into the second, Stephen Gallo was able to slip the puck past goalie Steve Messina to make it a one goal game. Robert Toczylowski answered 2:23 later by netting his sixth goal of the season at 5:06. While Toczylowski's goal would prove enough to secure the Polar Bear win, Bowdoin closed out the period with a power play goal from Weiniger with 1:24 remaining to carry a 4-1 edge into the final frame.
Once again the Huskies scored the first goal out of the locker room as Sam Guimond scored just over seven minutes into the period, making it 4-2. USM had a chance to cut further into the lead by earning a power play on the goal-scoring play, but Bowdoin's Weiniger converted a shorthanded tally just 50 seconds later to secure the Polar Bear win.
Steve Messina played all 60:00 for the Polar Bears, making 18 saves to record the win. The Huskies saw two goalies in the net, with Josh Hillegas playing two periods and recording 16 saves while Patrick Farrington played one period, making eight saves.
Bowdoin will be on the road at Tufts on December 7 at 7:00 p.m.