March 9, 2013

Utica Rallies To Edge Bowdoin in NCAA Men's Hockey Quarterfinal

UTICA, N.Y. - One of the finest seasons in Bowdoin men's ice hockey history came to a close in a 4-2 loss to Utica in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday night.

The Polar Bears (23-4-2) finish their year with a program-record 23 victories, the NESCAC Championship and third NCAA Quarterfinal appearance in the last four seasons. Utica advances to the Division III semifinals next Friday night in Lake Placid against Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Bowdoin got off to a great start, skating to a two-goal, first-period lead on scores just two minutes apart. Ollie Koo found the back of the net at 11:38 before Harry Matheson doubled Bowdoin's lead at 13:55.

Utica was able to get one back just 45 seconds into the second period as Jordan Hobaica brought the Pioneers within one goal. Bowdoin was able to kill off three penalties in the period, however, and maintained a 2-1 lead heading to the final frame.

Trevor Hertz  knotted the game for Utica 3:28 into the final period but then the contest settled into a back-and-forth heavyweight bout as the teams traded great chances. Finally, with just 4:24 remaining, Ridge Garbutt put Utica ahead for good. Eric Peterson added an empty-netter with 53 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Matheson had an assist as well for Bowdoin. Evan Chlanda had three assists for Utica. Max Fenkell had 21 saves in goal for Bowdoin while Mark Therrien stopped 27 for the Pioneers. Bowdoin held a 29-25 edge in shots as the teams combined to go 0-8 on the power play (Bowdoin 0-3, Utica 0-5).