Polar Bears and Huskies Skate to 3-3 Tie

Connor Quinn scored the equalizer in the third period to send the game into overtime
Connor Quinn scored the equalizer in the third period to send the game into overtime

GORHAM, Maine -- The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team and Southern Maine skated to a 3-3 overtime tie Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup at the USM Ice Arena.

The tie leaves Bowdoin with a 5-3-2 record heading into their end-of-the-semester exam break and the holidays.  Southern Maine moves to 4-5-1 overall.

Bowdoin took a 2-1 lead in a fast-paced first period on a power-play goal from Harry Matheson  at 7:19 and a last-minute tally from Kendall Culbertson.  Southern Maine countered with a power-play tally from Gallo at 8:52.Matheson buried a shot from the right-wing circle for his fifth goal of the season after taking a pass from Downey.  Gallo tied the game for USM with a shot from the left-wing circle after receiving a pass from Mike Greene. Culbertson restored the Polar Bears' lead with 49 seconds to play in the period off a feed from Zach Kokosa,

Lorne Miller had the only goal of the middle period to get the Huskies even at 2-2.  Miller took a pass from behind the net by Ryan Seward and fired a wrist shot past Bowdoin goalie Max Fenkell for his second marker of the season.

The Huskies took a 3-2 lead early in the third period as Zach Dymock stuffed home a pass from Tyler Simmons for his first goal of the season.  Stephen Gallo picked up the other assist. Connor Quinn got the equalizer for the Polar Bears at 15:09 of the period beating USM goalie Josh Hillegas from the left-wing circle.  Matt Rubinoff had the lone assist.

In the five-minute overtime, the Polar Bears had the best opportunity to score as Hillegas stopped a shot and Colin Downey hit the post on the rebound.  The Polar Bears had a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal in the extra session.

Southern Maine finished the game with a 34-33 edge in shots on goal.  Hillegas made 30 saves between the pipes for the Huskies while Fenkell stopped 31 shots at the other end.

The Polar Bears return to action on January 7 when they host the University of New England.