Men's Hockey Concludes Regular Season with Shutout Victory Over Jumbos

Spencer Altunez had a pair of goals against the Jumbos in the first period
Spencer Altunez had a pair of goals against the Jumbos in the first period

BRUNSWICK, Maine  - The seniors of the Bowdoin men's ice hockey team won their final career game in Watson Arena with a 4-0 win over Tufts on Saturday evening to conclude the regular season.

The Polar Bears enter the post season as the number five seed in the NESCAC standings with a 14-7-3 overall record and 8-7-3 mark in conference play. Tufts makes the post season as the number eight seed at 8-14-2 (5-11-2 NESCAC). Bowdoin will play at fourth-seeded Williams in the quarterfinals next Saturday with game information to be announced early next week.

Bowdoin took the 1-0 lead 8:35 into the opening period, off Spencer Antunez's first of two goals in the frame. John McGinnis began the play as he collected the puck in neutral ice, skating into the Jumbos defensive zone, and feeding a pass to Connor Quinn in front of the crease. Quinn dished a quick pass to the right post where Antunez one-timed it for the lead. On the power play in the 16th minute, Antunez put in his second with a hard shot that connected with the crossbar to deflect into the net.

Blake Edwards had one of the best looks for the Jumbos in the third on a power play, setting up for the one-timer between the circles, but Max Fenkell slid across the crease to preserve his shutout. With Ryan McConnell pulled from the Tufts net, senior Mike Schlagel scored his first career point making a move around the defense and slipping the puck inside the post.  One minute later, with McConnell back in net, Danny Palumbo put away a rebound to seal the 4-0 win.

Max Fenkell collected his fifth career shutout in his final game at Watson Arena, making 20 saves in the win. McConnell made 35 stops for the Jumbos.

Bowdoin honored its 10-member senior class prior to Saturday's game - photo courtesy of Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com