BRUNSWICK, Maine- The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team fell short of completing a third period comeback as Williams netted a late goal to take the 2-1 win Saturday evening at Watson Arena.
Williams and Bowdoin conclude their weekend of NESCAC action with a split result. The Polar Bears overall record drops to 10-5-2 (6-5-1 NESCAC). The eighth ranked Ephs improve to 11-3-2 (7-1-2 NESCAC).
Despite outshooting the Polar Bears 25-5 in the opening period, the Ephs were only able to convert on one opportunity. With half the frame expired, Tyler Young raced down the boards and dished a centering pass to Paul Steinig in the slot. Steinig's one-timer gave Williams a 1-0 edge that would stand through the remainder of the period.
After a clean slate of hockey in the opening frame, the Polar Bears were forced to play six straight minutes of penalty kill during the middle period. After successfully surviving Williams' attack, the Polar Bears went on the offensive with a man-up advantage of their own. Despite sustained pressure from Bowdoin, none of their shots could penetrate the Ephs' defense.
After playing almost forty minutes down 1-0, Bowdoin finally solved Williams goalie Sean Dougherty at the 8:07 mark of the final period. Harry Matheson took a shot that rattled around under Dougherty's arm before Matt Rubinoff would poke the puck through for the tying goal. Williams regained the late lead with 2:34 remaining, as the puck bounced around the crease. With Bowdoin defenders diving to swat the errant puck away, Young would connect and find the net. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Bowdoin peppered Dougherty with a few quick shots but ultimately was unable to extend the game into overtime.
Steve Messina made 42 saves in net for Bowdoin, while Dougherty stopped 23 for the Ephs.
Bowdoin plays its third consecutive home game on Tuesday evening with a 7:00 p.m. start against Southern Maine. Williams hosts Connecticut College at 7:00 p.m. January 31.