Men's Hockey Rebounds With 5-2 Win Over Trinity

Ollie Koo scored two goals in the 5-2 Polar Bear win
Ollie Koo scored two goals in the 5-2 Polar Bear win

BRUNSWICK, Maine- Ollie Koo scored a pair of goals to lead the Bowdoin men's ice hockey team to a 5-2 win over Trinity on Saturday afternoon at Sidney J. Watson Arena.

The fourth-ranked Polar Bears rebound from their first loss of the season on Friday to improve to 13-1-1 (8-1-1 NESCAC). The Bantams fall to 6-4-3 (3-2-3 NESCAC) after the loss. 

The Bantams netted the first goal of the game at 8:28 into play. Chris Menard skated in on the Polar Bears' net, beating a defender, and sent a hard shot past Bowdoin goalie Max Fenkell to the right post. Trinity carried the 1-0 through the period, despite several scoring opportunities for both sides.

Bowdoin capitalized on an opening minute power-play to even the score at 1-1 in the second period. Tim Coffey sent the puck across the goal face from the left post at 1:07 into the stanza, to tie the game. The Polar Bears scored again on the power play at 6:42. Colin Downey sent the puck behind the net towards Harry Matheson, who passed the puck back out and around to John McGinnis for the one-timer from the right dot to lead 2-1. Trinity nearly tied the game with a hard shot off the pipe by Conor Coveney about eight minutes into the period. Bowdoin answered the close call with a goal at 10:02 to go ahead 3-1. Jay Livermore sent a long pass across the ice, which Koo picked up behind the Trinity defense. Koo challenged Bantam goalie Benjamin Coulthard, and sent the puck through the five-hole. 

Trinity took less than two minutes before cutting the Bowdoin lead to 3-2 in the opening of the third period. Ben Hjalmarsson sent the puck off-speed through the crowd and Jordan So was able to poke it in from the left post. The one goal game lasted under two minutes, with another Koo goal. Receiving a pass from Downey, Koo skated down the chute  and landed the puck just beyond Nathaniel Heibron's outstretched leg at 3:39. With a minute left to play Trinity pulled their goalie in a final push to catch Bowdoin. Connor Quinn skated down the right side, matched by a Bantam defender, to net the final goal of the game and secure Bowdoin a 5-2 win. 

Coulthard made 22 saves in net for the Bantams, before being relieved by Heibron who contributed nine in his outing. Fenkell had 23 saves in the game to earn the Polar Bear win. 

Bowdoin travels to Williams for its next game on January 18 at 7:00 PM. The Bantams will host Tufts at 7:30 that same Friday.