February 8, 2014

Men's Hockey Falls to Amherst in Saturday Matchup

AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst's Mike Cashman scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period and the Jeffs added a late empty-netter to take a 5-3 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.

The Polar Bears fall to 12-6-2 (7-6-1 NESCAC) with the setback as the Jeffs improve to 13-6-1 (11-3-0 NESCAC). The win avenges a 4-2 loss by the Jeffs to Bowdoin in Brunswick on January 11.

A wild first period saw the Polar Bears fall behind early as Chris Roll gave the hosts the lead at 3:54 of the opening frame. Harry Matheson answered less than four minutes later for Bowdoin, but Amherst scored twice in a span of 6:25 later in the frame to take a 3-1 advantage. Kyle Lockwood cut into the lead with just 1:27 remaining in the stanza as Bowdoin trailed 3-2 after 20 minutes of play.

Colin Downey took advantage of a 5x3 power play midway through the second period, deadlocking the contest with his 16th goal of the season and sending the game into the third period tied at 3-3.

Cashman netted the eventual game-winner at 6:16 of the final period, but Bowdoin had several chances, including a five-minute power play following a roughing major against the Jeffs, but couldn't find the equalizer. Mike Rowbotham scored the empty-netter with 16 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Max Fenkell stopped 11 shots in the loss for Bowdoin as the Polar Bears held a 33-16 edge in shots. Dave Cunningham made 30 saves for Amherst in the win. Bowdoin went 1-7 on the powerplay while the Jeffs went 0-3.

Bowdoin will look to get back to its winning ways with a pair of important home games at Watson Arena next Friday against Trinity (7:00 p.m.) and next Saturday against Wesleyan (4:00 p.m.).