BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team used a two goal third period to capture a 4-2 win over the visiting Lord Jeffs on Saturday evening.
Bowdoin won its third consecutive game and improved to 8-3-2 (4-3-1 NESCAC), while dropping Amherst to 7-5-0 (5-3-0 NESCAC).
The opening period remained scoreless through 18 minutes of play, before Amherst would finally score. Through almost a minute and a half of a 5-on-3 advantage for the Lord Jeffs, Bowdoin goalie Steve Messina came up with several huge saves to keep Bowdoin in the mix. Messina swallowed up a pair of shots from point-blank range on the right post and low in the slot, before coming up with a quick glove save at the 17:22 mark. With Bowdoin returning to full strength, Aaron Deutsch took a shot from high in the slot and finally bested Messina for the 1-0 lead.
Under five minutes into the second period, Bowdoin tied the game at 1-1 off a goal by Colin Downey. Connor Quinn's initial bid was turned aside by Dave Cunningham, but Downey skated in and collected the rebound to put away his team leading 11th goal of the season. Amherst regained the lead with only seconds remaining in the man-up advantage as Patrick Arena redirected a shot from Mike Rowbotham in front of the net. Quinn knotted the game up at 2-2 with 1:50 remaining in the period. Matched by an Amherst defender as he skated into the Lord Jeffs' defensive zone, Quinn made a move around his mark causing the Amherst player to lose his edge and skid out. In an open one-on-one with Cunningham, Quinn skated down the left side and wristed a shot opposite post to tie the game.
After trading goals with Amherst during the opening two periods, Bowdoin took its first lead of the game off a shorthanded goal 12:29 into the third frame. With a defensive take away in their own zone, Harry Matheson and Matt Rubinoff skated towards the Lord Jeffs' net marked by only one defender. Matheson drew the Amherst player, forcing him to commit, and then dished a pass right for Rubinoff to take the open shot. Bowdoin extended its lead off another shorthanded goal just one minute later, as Matheson found the five-hole to round out Bowdoin's scoring.
Messina kept the Polar Bears in the game with 36 saves, while Cunningham made 21 stops for the Lord Jeffs.
Bowdoin looks to continue its win streak as the Polar Bears travel to Trinity for a 7:30 PM matchup next Friday. Amherst remains on the road for a 7:00 PM game at Connecticut College.