Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Williams in First Loss of the Season

Harry Matheson's short handed goal cut Williams' lead in half during the opening period
Harry Matheson's short handed goal cut Williams' lead in half during the opening period

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team suffered their first loss of the season in a 5-2 matchup at Williams College.

The seventh ranked Polar Bears (0-1-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC) are still looking for their first win of the season after falling to 14th ranked Williams (1-0-1, 1-0-1 NESCAC) in a rematch of last year's NESCAC final.

The Ephs wasted little time before scoring their first goal of the game at 5:12. Nick Anderson forechecked Bowdoin's Brendan Conroy in the Polar Bears' defensive end, with Craig Kitto picking up the loose puck behind the net. A pass to James McNamara was all the Ephs needed to go up 1-0. Williams doubled its lead half way through the period with a tally from Kitto. Bowdoin finally found its offensive footing with two minutes remaining, to cut the host's lead in half. Playing short-handed, Colin Downey fed a pass to Harry Matheson for his first goal of the season.

Williams came out and scored their third of the game just nine minutes into the second frame. Another defensive breakdown by the Polar Bears allowed Williams' Alex DeBaere a breakaway shot on netminder Steve Messina. Joseph Lace answered back with Bowdoin's second of the game at 13:25, cutting the Ephs' lead to one.

Taking advantage of another power play opportunity, Williams controlled the puck in Bowdoin's defensive zone at the 4:25 mark. Only a minute later Tyler Young dished a pass right to Greg Johnson, who wristed a shot over the shoulder of Messina. Just over a minute later Williams tacked on its fifth of the game with a transition goal from George Hunkele.

Messina stopped 34 shots in net for Bowdoin, while Sean Dougherty made 25 saves for Williams.

Bowdoin returns to the ice on Friday evening, in Waterville, at 7:00 PM for the 201st face-off between the Polar Bears and Mules.