BRUNSWICK, Maine – Connor Quinn scored the game-winning goal with less than ten minutes to play, lifting the Polar Bears to a 4-3 come from behind victory over the visiting Nor'Easter on Tuesday evening.
Bowdoin improves to 6-3-2, remaining perfect all-time against UNE, as the Nor'Easters fall to 5-8-1 on the year.
Bowdoin and UNE traded opportunities in the opening period, but were both unable to convert, with the Polar Bears holding a 12-5 shot advantage. The Nor'Easters scored first in the second frame, netting a pair of goals within the opening five minutes. David Goff's elevated shot snaked through a crowd of players who screened Steve Messina's vision, and connected with the net. Patrick Borer gave UNE the 2-0 lead two minutes later with a slap shot from high in the slot.
Bowdoin broke through almost ten minutes into the period, sparking a four-goal outpouring between the two teams. Danny Palumbo buried a slap shot from between the circles, collecting a bouncing centering pass from Matt Rubinoff, to cut the Nor'Easters' lead in half. Less than twenty seconds later, Quinn flipped a backhanded shot from the doorstep to tie the game. UNE waited just thirty seconds before regaining the lead off a cross-ice pass from Nick Kolb to Zach Lokey. The Polar Bears rounded out the period's scoring, and fourth goal in just 1:15 of play, as John McGinnis one-timed a shot from the right dot and found the opposite post.
The Polar Bears took their first lead of the game with under ten minutes remaining in the contest. Ryan Collier fired a hard shot into Craig Ryan's chest, with the rebound loose next to the left post, Quinn slipped in the game-winning goal. Bowdoin's only lead of the game would last through the remaining minutes, as the Polar Bears skated to a 4-3 comeback victory.
Ryan made 33 stops for the Nor'Easters, while Messina had 22 saves to earn the win for Bowdoin.
The Polar Bears return to Watson Arena for the kickoff of NESCAC play in the new year, as they host Hamilton with a 7:00 PM start. The Nor'Easters travel to St. Anselm on Friday for a 7:00 PM ECAC matchup.