Men's Hockey Enters Break Unbeaten With Road Victory at Connecticut College

John McGinnis scored twice in Saturday's win at Conn. College
John McGinnis scored twice in Saturday's win at Conn. College

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Sophomore John McGinnis scored a pair of goals to lead the Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team to a 7-1 triumph over Connecticut College in its fall semester finale on Saturday afternoon.

The eighth-ranked Polar Bears (9-0-1) are unbeaten after ten games for the first time since 2001-02 and enter winter break without a loss for the first time since 2006-07. Bowdoin is one of four remaining unbeaten teams in Division III along with Adrian, Norwich and Hobart. The Camels fall to 2-5-1 with the loss.

McGinnis scored twice to lead the visitors. Harry Matheson, Danny Palumbo and Colin Downey all contributed with a goal and an assist for the winning side. Kyle Lockwood and Tim McGarry recorded two assists each.  Sophomore net-minder Max Fenkell collected 13 of his 27 saves in the middle period to earn the victory in goal.
Freshman Tim DiPretoro scored his second goal of the season for Connecticut College in the second period.  Mike Petchonka had 24 saves in two periods of action for the hosts. Tom Conlin made 11 stops in the third for the Camels.

Bowdoin held a 42-to-28 edge in shots. The visitors were 2-for-6 on their power play and held the Camels scoreless in five power-play attempts.

The visitors took a 1-0 lead at 6:06 of the opening frame as McGinnis took a puck that was caromed off the boards and flicked one in for his third of the season. Just 2:12 later, the Polar Bears doubled their lead with the goal that proved to be the game-winner. Lockwood made a nifty drop pass to Daniel Weiniger and the senior co-captain notched his ninth of the season to give Bowdoin a 2-0 lead after one period.

The Polar Bears tacked on their third goal 36 seconds into the middle period. Harry Matheson potted his fourth goal of the season with assists coming from McGarry and Downey. DiPretoro responded for the Camels at the 2:36 mark. But the visitors added goals from Palumbo and McGinnis to build a 5-1 lead after two and continued to pull away for the 7-1 win with third-period markers from Connor Quinn and Downey.

Bowdoin will return to action on January 4 at Amherst College.