January 22, 2013

Men's Ice Hockey Uses Big Second Period to Tame Huskies

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team scored all five of its goals in the second period to defeat visiting Southern Maine 5-1 tonight in Watson Arena.  

Reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Harry Matheson scored twice and had an assist for the third-ranked Polar Bears who, at 16-1-1 this season, have equaled their win total from a year ago. The visiting Huskies fall to 6-12 after the loss.

Southern Maine scored the first and only goal of the opening period. With 5:24 remaining on the clock, Jon Grandinetti capitalized on the power play with a slap shot from the right side. The puck soared top shelf on Bowdoin's goalie Steve Messina to put the Huskies on top 1-0.

The Huskies' 1-0 lead lasted just under five minutes into the second stanza. John McGinnis took an ice level shot just off the left circle and found the net to tie the game for Bowdoin. After netting its first goal of the game, Bowdoin proceeded to score four more in the period.

Danny Palumbo dished a spinning pass to Robert Toczylowski who received the puck low on the left circle, and backhanded a shot to the opposite side. Toczylowski's goal put Bowdoin ahead 2-1. Less than a minute later at 9:49 Daniel Weiniger offered up an initial bid that Southern Maine's Patrick Farrington denied, but Harry Matheson grabbed the rebound off Farrington's left skate and snuck the puck in for the 3-1 lead.

With 3:30 remaining in the second, Farrington faced a Bowdoin offense collapsing in on net. Out of the scrum, Colin Downey found the loose puck and netted it to improve Bowdoin's lead to 4-1. Only 19 seconds later Bowdoin scored its fifth and final goal of the period. Matheson sent a hard shot towards the left side where it deflected of a Southern Maine defender and pushed the Polar Bears lead to 5-1.

Farrington made 24 saves in two periods of play for Southern Maine. Josh Hillegas came in to relieve the starter and made 10 saves in a scoreless third. Messina made 26 saves in goal for the Polar Bears.

The Polar Bears head into their conference bye week and will not be back on the ice until February 1 when they host Amherst at 7:00 PM.  The Huskies host St. Michael's on Friday at 7:00 PM.