December 7, 2012

Weiniger Reaches 100-Point Plateau as Men's Hockey Earns Road Win at Tufts

MALDEN, Mass. - Eighth-ranked Bowdoin scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period and remained unbeaten with a 5-3 victory at Tufts in a NESCAC men's hockey game played at Valley Forum II on Friday night.

Senior Daniel Weiniger scored a goal and an assist for Bowdoin to reach the 100 career points milestone (48 goals, 52 assists). He is the 34th player in school history to reach the plateau and the sixth since 2000.

The Polar Bears improved to 8-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the league to keep hold of first place. Tufts, led by sophomore defenseman Blake Edwards' game-high three points with a goal and two assists, fell to 3-4-1 and 1-3-1 with their third straight loss.

Bowdoin scored two power-play goals in the first 4:09 of the opening period as they charged out to a 2-0 lead. Senior Timothy McGarry netted the first just 11 seconds into a power-play at 1:16. Three minutes later, Polar Bear sophomore John McGinnis beat Jumbo goalie Brian Phillips over the shoulder for a two-goal advantage.

The Jumbos responded with a much-needed goal just 13 seconds after the second Bowdoin strike as Edwards scored off a face-off at 4:22. After the Polar Bears killed a pair of penalties, including a 5-on-3 disadvantage for 26 seconds, Jumbo junior Kyle Gallegos scored the third power-play goal of the period. During a scrum in front of the net, his seventh goal evened it at 2-2 with 4:30 on the clock. Shots were 11-10 Bowdoin in the first.

The Polar Bears controlled the second period, earning an 18-9 advantage in shots. Junior Ollie Koo put them up 3-2 at 2:12 of the middle stanza when he capitalized on a deflected shot. The Bears then scored twice within 40 seconds to push their lead to 5-2. Weineger scored his 100th career point on a goal at 9:20, following a pass from behind the net by freshman Matt Rubinoff. Forty seconds later, senior Robert Toczylowksi finished another Bowdoin flurry in front for a three-goal margin.

Tufts had another 5-on-3 power-play early in the third and took advantage of it this time. Freshman Stewart Bell scored at 3:30 and Tufts was showing some life down 5-3. However, Bowdoin was able to stem the Jumbo momentum and finished the period with a 14-8 lead in shots.

Junior Steve Messina made 24 saves to improve to 6-0 in the Bowdoin net. McGinnis finished with a goal and an assist, while sophomore Ryan Collier and Rubinoff both posted two assists for the visitors.

Gallegos added a goal and an assist to the Tufts attack, while senior co-captain Dylan Plimmer finished with two assists. Phillips stoped 38 shots as Bowdoin earned a 43-27 shots advantage in the game. Bowdoin was 2 for 4 with a man-advantage, and Tufts was 2 for 6.

The Jumbos host Colby in their final game of the first semester tomorrow at 4:15. Bowdoin moves on to play at Connecticut College tomorrow in a 3:00 p.m. face-off.

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