BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team clinched the number one seed for the NESCAC Tournament with today's 2-1 overtime victory over Connecticut College.
Kyle Lockwood scored both goals for the Polar Bears (19-2-2, 13-2-2 NESCAC) who earned the NESCAC's top seed for the third time in program history. The Camels end their season with a final record of 7-14-3 (3-12-3 NESCAC).
Bowdoin scored with just under three minutes remaining in the opening period to lead Connecticut College 1-0. Timothy McGarry stepped onto the ice after completing a stint in the penalty box and immediately found the puck. Ahead of any offensive aid, but contained by a pair of Camel defenders, McGarry waited until Jay Livermore provided a passing outlet. Livermore carried the puck towards Connecticut's goalie Tom Conlin and dished a pass from the left post towards Lockwood at the top of the crease. Lockwood connected with the puck and the Camels' net.
The Camels evened the score coming off a power play goal from Steve Servido. Servideo sent the puck towards Bowdoin goalie Max Fenkell where it proceeding to bounce around the cage and Fenkell's pads before crossing the goal line for the tying score at 13:34. Connecticut's late goal sent the game into overtime knotted up at 1-1.
John McGinnis almost ended the game with a shot 2:30 into overtime as he skated towards the Connecticut goal on a 1v1 breakaway. McGinnis' shot connected with the top post and ricocheted out of play. Knowing a win was their only means of reaching the post-season tournament, Connecticut College pulled their goalie with a minute remaining in the extra session. With 1.8 seconds remaining Lockwood spun around on the blue line and sent the puck straight down the center into the empty net. Bowdoin skated away with the 2-1 win.
Conlin made 34 saves in net for the Camels, while Fenkell stopped 22 on the opposite end for Bowdoin.
The Polar Bears will conclude their regular season on Monday in a rescheduled matchup against Trinity College. The teams will meet on natural ice at the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass. The puck drops at 7:00 PM.
The Bowdoin men's and women's ice hockey teams will host a NESCAC quarterfinal double-header on Saturday, February 23. Tickets will be required for admission to the game and will be $3 for adults and $1 for children under 18. Bowdoin students are free with ID. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21 in the Bowdoin Athletic Department Office on the second floor of the Peter Buck Center.
Bowdoin honored its senior class in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday afternoon.