Men's Hockey Prepares to Host First Round NCAA Game - TICKET UPDATE

Men's Hockey Prepares to Host First Round NCAA Game - TICKET UPDATE

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College and Neumann University men's ice hockey teams will face off in an NCAA First Round game Wednesday, March 9 at Sidney J. Watson Arena. The teams will drop the puck at 7:00 p.m. with a trip to Oswego, New York awaiting the winner. Wednesday's contest will be the first home NCAA Tournament game in Bowdoin's storied hockey history.

TICKET UPDATE (2:30 P.M.): Tickets are still remaining and will be available for purchase at the door beginning at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Bowdoin students can receive a free ticket with ID.

Bowdoin will provide a live video webcast ( and live statistics coverage ( for fans unable to attend the game.

About the Polar Bears
The Bowdoin College Polar Bears enter the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history after capturing their first NESCAC Championship in school history last Sunday at Williams...Today's contest will be the first home NCAA Tournament game in school history...Bowdoin is winless in their three previous appearances in NCAA play (0-5)...Bowdoin is paced by senior defenseman Kyle Shearer-Hardy and sophomore Daniel Weiniger, both of whom collected First Team All-NESCAC recognition...Weiniger (20-22) and Shearer-Hardy (9-27) finished 1-2 in the conference in points...Jeff Fanning (20-7) tied Weiniger for the league lead in goals...In Sunday's NESCAC title game, Shearer-Hardy reached 100 points, becoming just the fourth defenseman in school history to reach the plateau...goaltender Steve Messina was named NESCAC Player of the Week following his performance last weekend in the conference semifinals and championship (70 saves, .958 save %)...Bowdoin boasts the top-ranked

power play in Division III (32.2%)...the Polar Bears have scored 49 power play goals, accounting for nearly 43% of their goal output (114), which stands third in scoring offense in Division III....Bowdoin is ranked seventh in the latest Division III National Poll.

About the Knights
Neumann University received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when pairings were announced...The 2009 National Champions will be making their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning it all in their first appearance in the tourney two years ago...Knights are ranked 12th the latest poll...Neumann advanced to the ECAC West Championship game this season, where it fell to Elmira College 5-1. ECAC West Rookie of the Year Michael Rey scored the Knights' lone goal...Rey leads the team with 30 points this season, 15 goals and 15 assists. Seven of his goals have been on the power-play...First-Team ECAC West honoree William Lacasse leads the Knights with 16 assists from the blue line. The junior also has five goals for 21 points...Ross MacKinnon is 9-6-3 between the pipes. The junior has 2.56 goals against average and a .916 saves-percentage...Despite eight losses, the Knights own the nation's fifth-best strength of schedule and have wins against Tournament participants Elmira and Curry this season.