Men's Hockey Scores Pair of Third Period Goals to Weather Nor'Easters
BRUNSWICK, Maine- The Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team scored two third period goals to rally for a 4-3 win over the University of New England on Tuesday evening at Sidney J. Watson Arena.
The fourth ranked Polar Bears remain Division III's only unbeaten and improve to 12-0-1 with the win. The Nor'easters fall to 3-9-0 after tonight.
The University of New England wasted no time before tallying the first goal of today's contest just 2:53 into play. Fred Hein took the quick pass from teammate Sam Vikich and skated in to deposit the puck just outside Bowdoin goalie Steve Messina's right skate.
The Nor'easters entered the second stanza holding a 1-0 lead. Bowdoin took advantage of the power play, carried over from the first period, to score an extra man goal at 2:25 into the second. Jay Livermore offered up a long pass to Timothy McGarry at the top of the right circle, who sent a hard shot straight through the crowd to land the puck just above UNE goalie Ian Edwards' left shoulder.
After the Polar Bears tied the score at 1-1, the Nor'easters answered back with a score at 6:47 into the second. Brent Bourgeois took the puck down the left side and rifled off a shot from the dot, finding the inside right post put UNE on top 2-1. Less than two minutes later Gabriel Renaud sent a hard shot into the crowd which connected with the skate of Danny Palumbo and deflected to the inside right post past Edwards. Less than a minute later at 9:30 Adam Laite put UNE back on top 3-2. Laite took a shot from the low slot and found the back of the net.
With 5:54 off the clock in the third, the Polar Bears tied the game at 3-3. Robert Toczylowski won the right side face-off and quickly dished to John McGinnis in the high slot who slipped a shot between the goalie's pads. Bowdoin once again capitalized on the power play to take their only lead of the night with 8:22 to play. McGarry took a slapshot from the blue line and Harry Matheson was able to get a stick in and deflect the puck inside the Edwards' right skate.
Edwards made 30 stops in net for the Nor'easters. Messina recorded 28 saves for the win. UNE pulled their goalie with 1:50 to play in a final push to tie the game.
The Polar Bears play again on Friday night as they face off in NESCAC competition against Wesleyan at 7:00 PM in Watson Arena. The Nor'easters will host Saint Anselm in a 7:00 PM game on Friday.