Special Teams Leads Men's Ice Hockey Over Wentworth in Faceoff Classic

Mitch Barrington and John McGinnis both scored a goal for Bowdoin in the win over Wentworth
Mitch Barrington and John McGinnis both scored a goal for Bowdoin in the win over Wentworth

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team scored three goals on the power play and two shorthanded in a 6-1 win over Wentworth on Saturday on the opening day of the Bowdoin-Colby Face-off Classic.

Six different players scored for the 11th-ranked Polar Bears, who remain unbeaten at 5-0-1 this season. Wentworth falls to 4-3-1 with the loss.

Bowdoin put the contest out of reach with a four-goal outburst in the final ten minutes of the first period. John McGinnis got the Polar Bears started with his sixth goal of the season with a shorthanded tally, picking up the puck in neutral ice and wristing a shot to the top-right corner at 10:11. Just over three minutes later Bowdoin converted on the power play as Brendan Conroy found Daniel McMullan for a one-timer at 13:22. The Polar Bears added to their lead just 24 seconds later as Spencer Antunez redirected a Jay Kourkoulis shot to make it 3-0. Bowdoin closed out the frame with another goal as Mitch Barrington cashed in a power play goal with assists from Ryan Collier at McGinnis with 37 seconds remaining in the period.

Bowdoin pushed its lead to five goals in the second period when Danny Palumbo scored again on the power play, putting home a feed from McMullan at 5:22. Wentworth scored its first goal of the afternoon at 11:02 on a power play of its own as the Leopards swung the puck around to Stephen McManus put home a top-shelf score to make it 5-1. The Polar Bears replied just before the second intermission when Connor Quinn went coast-to-coast, weaving through defenders and tucking a shot inside the right post with 11 seconds left in the frame, making it 6-1.

Peter Cronin made 28 saves in the victory for the Polar Bears. McMullan and McGinnis ended with a goal and an assist each. Joel Miller played the first period for Wentworth, allowing four goals and stopping 14 shots. Alex Peck stopped 13 shots, permitting two goals, over the final two frames for the Leopards.

Both teams will travel to play in Waterville tomorrow, with Bowdoin facing Salve Regina at 1:00 p.m. at Alfond Arena. Wentworth will play Colby at 4:00 p.m.