December 1, 2013

Polar Bears Cruise Past Corsairs in Faceoff Finale

BRUNSWICK, Maine- Matt Rubinoff scored two goals and supplied one assist as the Bowdoin men's ice hockey team downed visiting UMass-Dartmouth 5-1 in the final game of this weekend's Colby-Bowdoin Faceoff.

The Polar Bears (4-2-1) skated away with the weekend title after winning both of their matchups. Rubinoff was named Bowdoin-Colby Faceoff MVP following a three goal, one assist, weekend. The Corsairs tied Colby 4-4 in yesterday's matchup, but fall to 2-6-1 on the season. The Corsairs and Polar Bears met in the NCAA First Round last year, with Bowdoin advancing with a 5-2 win.

The Polar Bears controlled the opening minutes of the first half as Rubinoff tipped in Bowdoin's first goal of the game just 4:30 into the frame. Johnny Malusa sent a pass to Mitch Barrington on the far side, who ripped a slap shot that Rubinoff tipped to take the 1-0 lead.. Colin Downey put the Polar Bears up 2-0 12:51 into the period as he pick-pocketed the puck from a Corsairs defender and turned on the goalie. JJ Solloway was left to face Downey in a one-on-one situation, before the Polar Bear wristed a shot through the five-hole.

The Corsairs came out with increased offense pressure in the second period, scoring just 3:10 into play. Bowdoin goalie Steve Messina skated behind the net to clear a loose puck that then squirted out front of the open net where Evangelos Stefanou was able to collect it and burry the Corsairs only goal of the game. Bowdoin answered back to take the 3-1 lead with a goal 15:22 into period. Downey controlled the puck low on the left side and crossed a quick pass to Rubinoff just outside the crease on the opposite post who one-timed it for Bowdoin's third of the game.

Bowdoin controlled the final frame of the game, scoring a pair of goals less than ten minutes in. Connor Quinn stopped a hard pass and lofted a shot over the shoulder pad of Solloway to take the 4-1 lead. John McGinnis and Rubinoff connected for Bowdoin's fifth and final goal of the game 9:54 into the period. Rubinoff offered up a feed out front for McGinnis who skated in on the puck and tallied the Polar Bears' fifth and final goal.

Bowdoin outshot the Corsairs 47-11, with both Messina and Solloway playing all 60 minutes.

The Polar Bears look to continue their streak with a home game on Friday evening against Connecticut College at 7:00 PM.  UMass-Dartmouth travels to Curry on December 5 for a 6:40 PM game.