Downey Reaches 100 Career Points as Polar Bears Cruise Past Continentals
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Colin Downey reached 100 career points following a three goal performance as the Bowdoin men's ice hockey team defeated visiting Hamilton 7-3 on Friday night.
The Polar Bears scored three goals in the final 1:03 to skate away with their seventh win of the season (7-3-2, 3-3-1 NESCAC), while dropping Hamilton to 3-6-1 (2-4-1 NESCAC). With the hat trick, Downey becomes the 34th Bowdoin men's hockey player to reach the plateau.
Bowdoin scored its first goal of the game exactly six minutes into the opening period, off the first of three from Downey. The Polar Bears went up 1-0 as Ryan Collier passed to the left post from high in the slot, setting up Downey who one-timed the puck and buried it inside the left post. The Polar Bears doubled their lead 15:21 into play with another Downey goal on the left side. John McGinnis fired a shot wide of the net, causing the puck to rebound off the boards and settle just outside the crease, where Downey collected it for a quick put away.
The Polar Bears picked up where they left off, jumping out 3-0, early in the second period. Mitch Barrington shot wide allowing the puck to bounce back off the boards for Jay Livermore on the left post. Livermore slid the puck between Charlie Fennell's skate and the pipe to lead Hamilton 3-0. The Continentals answered back seven minutes later as Xavier Morin shot from the point and tallied his team's first of the game. With momentum swinging in favor of the Continentals following several minutes of penalty filled play, Hamilton closed within one goal after capitalizing on a power play. With Max Fenkell under a pile of players inside the crease, Kenny Matheson pulled the puck to the opposite post for the Continentals second goal.
With play settled in the third period, Bowdoin regained control and took a 4-2 lead. Moving the Hamilton defense while on the man-up advantage, McGinnis took a shot on net that Fennel stopped, but the rebound sat loose outside the crease. Matt Rubinoff quickly collected the errant puck and extended Bowdoin's lead to two. The Continentals answered back with less than three minutes remaining in the game, closing back within one, off a short-handed goal from Mike DiMare. Following a takeaway in Bowdoin's defensive zone, DiMare skated cross-ice and buried a slap shot in the Polar Bears' net. With just over a minute remaining, Hamilton pulled their goalie, but Downey turned around and scored on an empty-net breakaway for the hat trick. Downey's goal at 19:03 was followed by a power play goal from Matt Rubinoff at 19:11. The Polar Bears capped the win with their seventh goal of the evening coming off the stick of Tim Coffey at 19:36.
In his return to Watson Arena in the new year, Fenkell made 27 saves. Coming in early in the first period, Fennel tallied 26 stops in net for Hamilton.
NESCAC play continues as the Continentals visit Colby tomorrow afternoon for a 3:00 PM start, while the Polar Bears host Amherst beginning at 4:00 PM.