BRUSNWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team scored an early goal in each period to cruise to a 6-1 victory over Tufts tonight in Watson Arena.
The fourth ranked Polar Bears improve to 18-2-2 (12-2-2 NESCAC) while Tufts falls to 7-14-2 (2-13-2 NESCAC).
Bowdoin took just 1:19 before netting its first goal of the game. Ollie Koo grabbed a rebound off the pads of Tufts goalie Brian Phillips before he slid the puck inside the left post to lift Bowdoin to 1-0. The Polar Bears extended their lead to 2-0 following a face-off about four minutes later. Kyle Lockwood stole the puck from a Tufts defender following a Jumbos' face-off win and then slid a pass to Robert Toczylowski who flipped the puck over Phillips' pad from the left side at 5:08.
The Polar Bears added their third goal of the game just 18 seconds into the second period. Daniel Weiniger skated down the center of the ice pulling Tufts' goalie to the right post, before shifting his play to the left and sliding the puck into the exposed side of the net. Bowdoin pushed the score to 4-0 with 1:22 remaining in the period. John McGinnis skated past the Jumbos' net and flicked a pass back to Tim Coffey on the left post. Coffey one-timed the puck, which squeezed between Phillips' skate and the pipe.
The Polar Bears fifth goal came 1:57 into the final stanza. McGinnis and Koo were credited with the assists on Colin Downey's goal. The Bowdoin offense continued to roll with a sixth goal from Connor Quinn. McGinnis picked up his third assist of the night as he skated to the right post, drawing the goalie. Quinn connected with a cross-crease pass and slipped the puck into the open left side.
Tufts spoiled Steve Messina's shutout bid with a goal at 12:37. Blake Edwards took a shot from above the left circle, which Messina turned away. The rebound popped into the slot where Dom Granato knocked it in for Tufts lone goal.
Messina made 27 saves in tonight's game. Phillips made 43 saves in net for the Jumbos before being relieved by Derek Metcalfe in the third. Metcalfe had 11 saves in 10:23 minutes of play.
Tomorrow the Jumbos head to Waterville for a 3:00 PM game against Colby. The Polar Bears will host Connecticut College with a 4:00 PM face-off.