Men's Hockey Overcomes Two-Goal Deficit to Closeout Cardinals

John McGinnis supplied the Polar Bears with a goal and assist in the comeback win against Wesleyan
John McGinnis supplied the Polar Bears with a goal and assist in the comeback win against Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team came back from a two-goal deficit to down Wesleyan 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

The victory improved Bowdoin's all-time record against Wesleyan to 16-4-3 and was the Polar Bears seventh consecutive road win over Wesleyan. Bowdoin rebounds from yesterday's loss and improves to 9-4-2 (5-4-1 NESCAC) as the Cardinals drop to 7-6-1 (2-6-0 NESCAC).

Wesleyan picked up two first period tallies to hold a 2-0 margin as Jackson Brandstetter put home a blast from the top edge of the left circle off a nice feed from Tommy Hartnett at 12:36 of the first period.  Four minutes later, Hartnett got one of his own, getting a feed from low on the right from Terence Durkin and wristing a shot long side from the right circle.

John McGinnis factored into two of three Bowdoin goals, including scoring what proved to be the game-winner with 7:04 remaining as the Polar Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit to claim a 3-2 NESCAC men's ice hockey win over Wesleyan here today.  

Bowdoin took advantage of a Cardinal penalty to score a power-play goal in just 44 seconds with Colin Downey, collecting a rebound from the slot at 18:18 of the middle period, cutting Wesleyan's lead at the time to 2-1.

Bowdoin knotted the count at 2-2 less than ten minutes into third period when a mistake by the Cardinal defense left Mitch Barrington alone with the puck in the left circle for a wrist shot and his first goal of the year.  John McGinnis finished off a scoring play set up by Kyle Lockwood. Lockwood came in on the right side and drew the attention of the Cardinals' defense with a change of speed as he came towards net.  He then hit McGinnis with a perfect pass on the inside edge of the left circle for a quick flip into the goal.  Wesleyan was unable to muster the attack it needed to get the equalizer despite pulling their goalie for the final thirty seconds.

In the Bowdoin net, Max Fenkell collected 31 saves while Dawson Sprigings made 35.

Bowdoin skates again Friday, Jan. 24, hosting Middlebury in a NESCAC matchup.