February 21, 2013

Hockey Teams to Host NESCAC Quarterfinal Doubleheader on Saturday

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's and women's ice hockey teams will host a NESCAC Quarterfinal doubleheader on Saturday, February 23 at Watson Arena.

The men's team will face Hamilton at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday before the women play Williams at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale in the Athletic Department Office for the doubleheader and will be $3 for adults and $1 for children under 18. Bowdoin students are free with ID. One ticket is good for both games. Fans unable to attend on Saturday can follow all of the action live via live statistics and video webcast. Click the links above for live coverage.

The Bowdoin men (19-3-2, 13-3-2 NESCAC) locked up the NESCAC's top seed for the third time in program history with a dramatic 2-1 overtime triumph over Connecticut College on Saturday. With the win, the Polar Bears put an exclamation point on its most outstanding regular season since 1988-89, when it also posted 19 regular-season victories. Over the course of the year, Bowdoin's high-powered offense has netted 105 goals and scored three or more times in 22 of its 24 games.

Up first for the Polar Bears will be eighth seeded Hamilton (6-15-3, 4-12-2 NESCAC). The Continentals solidified their spot in this year's field with a 7-3 victory at Connecticut College on Monday. Though they own a 2-1 edge in three previous postseason meetings with Bowdoin, they haven't reached the semifinals since 2010. The Polar Bears won that matchup 6-2 and also defeated Hamilton twice this season. They have made three straight trips to the semifinals.

The Bowdoin women (18-4-2, 12-3-1 NESCAC) locked up the second seed with a pair of victories at Amherst last weekend. The Polar Bears have been dominant at both ends of the ice this year, outscoring their opponents 57-18. Though they led the NESCAC in both scoring offense and scoring defense, but were edged out by Middlebury by one point in the final standings. Among Bowdoin's 12 conference wins was a 3-0 triumph over the Panthers on January 18. The Polar Bears will be looking for their fourth straight trip to the conference semifinals when they open up tournament play on Saturday.

For the third time in the last four years, their opening round opponent will be seventh seeded Williams (9-14-1, 5-10-1 NESCAC). After dropping five straight league games, the Ephs solidified their position in the championship with a 3-2 overtime victory at Connecticut College on Friday. They tied Bowdoin 1-1 on February 25 before dropping a 5-0 decision the following day. Williams will be looking to move past the first round for the first time since 2006. Bowdoin defeated the Ephs 2-1 in the 2002 title game and also claimed the conference crown in 2004. The Polar Bears appeared in the finals for five consecutive seasons from 2002-06.

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