March 6, 2013

Men's Hockey Hosts NCAA Opener Wednesday, Tickets Still Remain

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team will host UMass Dartmouth in a Division III Men's Ice Hockey First Round game Wednesday evening at Watson Arena. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

TICKET INFORMATION
A limited number of tickets remain for the game and can be purchased at Watson Arena when doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets will be $5 for adults, $3 for students and children. Children under 2 and Bowdoin students with ID are free.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Fans can follow all the action live on Wednesday night via live video webcast and live stats. Links are available above.

SERIES HISTORY
The teams have never played

WHAT'S NEXT?
The winner of Wednesday's game will advance to play at Utica in an NCAA Quarterfinal game on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE POLAR BEARS (22-3-2) - Statistics - Results
The Bowdoin College Polar Bears enter the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history after capturing the NESCAC Championship last Sunday in Watson Arena...Today's contest will be the second home NCAA Tournament game in school history...Bowdoin defeated Neumann University (2-1) in 2011, which also marked the first NCAA Tournament win in the program's storied history...The Polar Bears led the NESCAC from wire-to-wire this winter, claiming the top seed in the conference tournament and tying a program record with 22 wins...Bowdoin is led by senior co-captains Daniel Weiniger and Tim McGarry, both of whom collected First Team All-NESCAC recognition...Weiniger (17-29) and Ollie Koo (15-32) are the offensive leaders on a team who paced the NESCAC and ranks fifth nationally with 110 goals (4.3/game) ... goaltender Max Fenkell was named NESCAC Player of the Week following his performance last weekend in the conference semifinals and championship (55 saves, .948 save %)... Bowdoin, who reached a number two ranking earlier this season, is currently ranked fifth in the USCHO.com Division III National Poll...head coach Terry Meagher enters the NCAA Tournament with 497 career wins, ranking 23rd all-time in NCAA history, across all divisions.

ABOUT THE CORSAIRS (12-7-7) - Statistics - Results
UMass Dartmouth will be making their fourth visit to the NCAA Division III Tournament...The Corsairs qualified in 2005-06 and won a first round game at Geneseo State, 8-2, before losing at Middlebury, 3-1. In 2006-07, they lost at Middlebury, 3-2, and in 2007-08, they lost at home to Trinity, 7-3...Saturday's 2-1 win at Plymouth State was the Corsairs' 12th conference title and their first in the Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference. UMD (formerly of the ECAC Northeast) is 12-5 in conference title games...UMD's 5-4, three-OT win against Salem State Tuesday was the third-longest NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey game ever. Junior defenseman Nate Dupere ended the proceedings with a goal 1:55 into the third extra period...Senior goaltender Ryan Williams, who stopped 57 of 61 shots against Salem and 37 of 38 against Plymouth, was named the MVP of the Tournament...Williams ranked second in the MASCAC in GAA (2.48) and save percentage (.923)...UMD played seven ties in their 24 regular season games this season, an all-time high for the Corsairs...The Corsairs came from behind to score the tying goal in five of their seven ties this season. They have outscored their opponents a combined 31-19 in the third period and 2-0 in extra time.