Bowdoin Wins Nationally-Ranked Battle, 3-2 Over Williams

Bowdoin Wins Nationally-Ranked Battle, 3-2 Over Williams

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team killed off seven power plays and goaltender Steve Messina made 23 saves in a 3-2 win over Williams in a battle of nationally-ranked teams at Watson Arena on Friday evening. The Polar Bears, ranked fifth in the nation, improve to 13-3-0 (9-3-0 NESCAC) while the ninth-ranked Ephs fall to 10-4-2 (7-3-1 NESCAC).

Daniel Weiniger had a goal and an assist for Bowdoin while Jeff Fanning and Jordan Lalor scored the other Polar Bear goals. Kyle Shearer-Hardy had two assist on the night for the home team. Stephen Maier and John Wickman scored for Williams, who received two assists from Matt Masucci.

Williams got on the board first after a flurry of action in front of the Bowdoin net. A bouncing puck trickled across the goal face to the stick of Maier, who slapped home the chance to give the visitors the lead just 3:29 into the contest. Bowdoin answered on the power play moments later as Fanning put home a rebound off a Kit Smith shot at 6:47.

Bowdoin wasted little time getting on the board in the second period as Weinger ripped a shot from between the circles that banked in off the post glove-side nine seconds into the frame. The Polar Bears killed off three consecutive penalties in period, with Messina making a pair of nifty stops to maintain Bowdoin's lead. The Polar Bears padded their lead late in the frame when Harry Matheson ripped a slap shot that bounced off the pads of Ryan Purdy to the waiting stick of Jordan Lalor, who backhanded it into an open net at 15:50 to give the hosts a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.  

After a string of three power play chances, Williams was able to draw within a goal midway through the final period when John Wickman finished off a scramble in front of the cage on the power play at 10:02. But Messina made the lead stand with nine third-period saves, including a sliding stop on a great chance by Masucci with 2:15 remaining.

Ryan Purdy made 26 saves for the Ephs, who went scoreless on their first seven power plays of the night and finished 1-8 overall. Bowdoin will host Middlebury College in a rematch of the 2010 NESCAC Championship game at 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Williams will travel to play at Colby.