Men's Ice Hockey Uses Pair of Shorthanded Goals to Hold Off Huskies

Steve Messina made 31 saves for the Polar Bears
Steve Messina made 31 saves for the Polar Bears

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team used a pair of two-goal outbursts in the first and third periods to shut down visiting Southern Maine 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Bowdoin improves to 11-5-2 on the season, while dropping the Huskies to 4-11-5.

The Polar Bears offense started the evening's scoring just 56 seconds into the opening frame, following several quick shots on Dylan Wells. After an initial shot and rebound popped outside the crease, Kyle Lockwood flipped the puck over Wells and into the net. Only a minute and a half later Bowdoin doubled its lead as Connor Quinn cleaned up a rebound off the pads following a shot from Harry Matheson. Southern Maine's most promising scoring opportunity came as Brad McGovern had a takeaway in Bowdoin's defensive zone. Facing goalie Steve Messina, McGovern wristed a shot to the right that was gloved out of the air at point-blank range.

Southern Maine was unable to chip away at the Bowdoin lead during the second period, leaving the score 2-0 after two frames. The Huskies solved Messina in the seventh minute of the final period after Jeremy Griffin had an initial bid denied, but Tyler Simmons skated in to clean up the rebound. The Polar Bears took control in the final two minutes with a pair of shorthanded goals. Carrying the puck behind Southern Maine's net, Lockwood dished a pass up to Colin Downey for the one-timer. Just six seconds later, Quinn and Matheson combined again for the team's fourth goal of the night. Quinn wristed a shot top left from just outside the crease to score Bowdoin's second of the period. The six second split between Downey and Quinn's goals broke the previous record of seven seconds for quickest consecutive goals in Bowdoin history.

Messina stopped 31 shots for the Polar Bears while Wells made 39 saves for the Huskies.

Bowdoin returns to NESCAC play with a pair of road games at Hamilton and Amherst this weekend. The Polar Bears will play the Continentals at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Southern Maine visits the University of New England on January 31 with a 7:00 p.m. start.