BRUNSWICK, Maine- Mitch Barrington scored the game-winning goal 50 seconds into overtime to lift the Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Middlebury on Friday night at Watson Arena.
The Polar Bears, who netted the game-tying goal with 33 seconds left in regulation, improve to 10-4-2 (6-4-1, NESCAC) on the season. The Panthers fall to 6-7-2 (4-4-1, NESCAC) with the loss.
Bowdoin set the pace for a frantic game with a goal just 1:42 into the first period. Skating from the neutral zone into Panther territory, Connor Quinn fired off a shot from just inside the blue line, which goalie Nick BonDurant stopped with his glove. The puck rebounded beyond the crease where Quinn quickly recollected it and wristed home a top-left shot. The Polar Bears doubled their lead in the final minutes of the period courtesy of a shorthanded goal by Danny Palumbo. Skating around a sliding defender, Palumbo netted a shot to the opposite post from low on the right side.
The Panthers would rally to even the score with a pair of goals in the second frame. Halfway through the period Middlebury would begin to chip away at the Bowdoin lead with a shot from high in the slot by Ben Wiggins. Just five minutes later the Panthers evened the score at 2-2 on the power play. With Max Fenkell screened in Bowdoin's net, Ronald Fishman took a shot from the edge of the left faceoff circle to knot the score.
Bowdoin took advantage of a power play early in the third period to regain the lead. Set up on the left side, Colin Downey settled a pass from Kyle Lockwood and buried a slap shot into the Middlebury net. Less than three minutes had elapsed before the Panthers would erase Bowdoin's lead once again. George Ordway's hard shot from inside the blue line ricocheted off Fenkell's chest and into the net.
The Panthers appeared to wrap things up with the go-ahead goal with 2:25 remaining. Capitalizing on a five-on-three advantage Louis Belisle wristed a shot to the right pipe for the 4-3 advantage, recording a goal in his seventh straight game.
Bowdoin was able to mount a rally as a pair of late Middlebury penalties, combined with an empty net, gave the Polar Bears a six-on-three advantage with under a minute to play. Following a faceoff in the Panthers' zone, Quinn pushed the puck out of traffic for Ollie Koo to poke home the tying goal on the right post with just 33 seconds remaining.
With Koo's goal sending the game into overtime, Bowdoin continued its man-up advantage from the end of regulation. Just 50 seconds into the extra frame, Barrington took a turn-around shot from a low angle on the right side that slipped past Drew Michals for the overtime win.
Fenkell made 19 stops in net for the Polar Bears, while Michals saved 16 shots for Middlebury. Nick BonDurant got the start in net for the Panthers, and made one stop and allowed one goal before being replaced 1:42 into the game. Derek Pimentel had a pair of assists in the game for Middlebury. Quinn finished with a goal and two assists for the Polar Bears.
Middlebury travels to Colby for a 3:00 p.m. game tomorrow afternoon. Bowdoin and Williams faceoff an hour later in Brunswick at 4:00 p.m.
In honor of the Wounded Warrior Project, Bowdoin wore camouflage jerseys which will be auctioned off to raise funds for the organization. As part of pre-game ceremonies, Corporal Steven Noyes received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his actions during a recent deployment to Afghanistan.