WATERVILLE, Maine – The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team took a 5-0 win over visiting Suffolk University to open this year's Bowdoin-Colby Faceoff Classic.
The Polar Bears collect their second straight win and improve to 3-2-1 on the season, while dropping the Rams to 3-4-1.
Bowdoin opened up the first period of play with goal from Gabriel Renaud just 9:56 into the contest. Skating in on Suffolk's Brandon Smolarek, Renaud buried a top shelf wrist shot to give the Polar Bears all the offense they would need for the afternoon. Bowdoin outshot the Rams 13-7 in the opening period while never allowing their opponents a power play opportunity.
Matt Rubinoff tallied his second goal of the season, and Bowdoin's second of the game, 7:17 into the next period. Rubinoff redirected a shot from the point, to put Bowdoin up 2-0 over the Rams. Jay Kourkoulis and Kendall Culbertson were each credited with assists. The Polar Bears' offense continued to click as Colin Downey scored with seven minutes remaining in the second frame. Downey capitalized on a 2-on-1 rush into the offensive zone and aimed a shot to the top right corner, giving Bowdoin the 3-0 lead.
Downey notched his second goal of the day with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Capitalizing on a similar 2-on-1 situation, Downey took the short side shot and collected his own rebound to put home Bowdoin's fourth goal of the game. Less than 20 seconds later, Connor Quinn tallied his second of the season going end to end. Smolarek caught a piece of the puck as it slid through, but was unable to prevent the Polar Bears from closing out the game 5-0.
Steve Messina recorded his fourth career shutout for Bowdoin, with 22 totals saves. Smolarek made 36 stops in net for the Rams.
The Polar Bears host UMass-Dartmouth tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 PM for the final game of the Colby-Bowdoin Faceoff.