Conn. College Holds Off Polar Bears in 2-1 Victory

Conn. College Holds Off Polar Bears in 2-1 Victory

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team scored a pair of second-period goals and held off a late Bowdoin rally to take a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon. The fourth-ranked Polar Bears fall to 11-3-0 (8-3-0 NESCAC) as they were held under three goals for the first time all season. The Camels improve to 6-7-3 (5-5-1).

The Camels out-shot the Polar Bears 7-to-6 in the opening period but Bowdoin got on the board first with a power play goal at 6:01. Kyle Shearer-Hardy delivered a pass from the high slot to Harry Mattheson, who buried the one-timer from the right circle.

But in the second, the Camels scored the equalizer in the early stages of the frame. Keith Veronesi cycled the puck ahead to Will Einstein, who made a cross-crease pass to Sean Tuohy for the equalizer 2:22 into the period. With 1:26 remaining in the second, the Camels capitalized on their power play to take the lead for good. Tuohy made a pass to Ryan Riffe, who buried a one-time from just above the left circle.

Goaltender Andrew Margolin took care of the rest, coming up with a couple of huge stops in the final minute of regulation after the Polar Bear had emptied their net to gain the extra skater and finishing with 24 stops. Steve Messina made 21 saves in the tough-luck loss for Bowdoin.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Tuesday evening when they host Assumption at 7:00 p.m.