Men's Hockey Rallies Past Middlebury For Dumont's First Career Victory

Austin Ricci scored twice, including the game-winner against Middlebury with under three minutes to play
Austin Ricci scored twice, including the game-winner against Middlebury with under three minutes to play

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit with under 14 minutes to play to stun Middlebury, 5-3, giving head coach Jamie Dumont his first career victory on Saturday afternoon at Sidney J. Watson Arena.

The Polar Bears (1-1-0) scored twice in a 7:30 span to tie the game and then added the go-ahead goal and an empty-netter in the final 2:30 to earn their first victory of 2016-17. The Panthers fall for the second straight day and drop to 0-2-0 for the first time since 2010.

Game Highlights

  • The Panthers capitalized on the game's first power play 5:17 into the opening period. Travis Stephens set up the play with a flat pass across the crease from the right post. Trevor Turnbull received the puck on the opposite side and roofed a shot top-shelf for a 1-0 Middlebury lead.
  • Bowdoin evened the game midway through the period off a power play goal of its own. Pat Geary circled the back of Middlebury's net and came around the left side, quickly finding Mitch Barrington between the circles. Barrington teed up a shot and found the top left corner to deadlock the score.
  • Bowdoin made a bid to take the lead before the end of the frame when Daniel McMullan intercepted a puck on the right boards and rocketed a shot off the far post with 1:40 remaining in the period.
  • Matt Doherty put Middlebury back on top at 11:42 in the second period. Following a takeaway in the neutral zone, the Panthers skated in on a two-on-one. Doherty capitalized on the advantage and snapped a shot that bested Nathan Colannino.
  • Danny Jacobs extended Middlebury's lead on a solo effort six minutes into the final period. Jacobs picked the pocket of a Bowdoin player near the blue line and skated into the Polar Bear defensive zone. Jacobs slipped a shot five-hole to tally his first collegiate goal and give the Panthers a 3-1 lead  with 14:24 remaining.
  • The Polar Bears responded 1:04 later. Cody Todesco slid a pass from the right pipe towards Austin Ricci on the opposite side. With Bran Ketchabaw still lined up for a Todesco bid, Ricci had an open look on the far side, trimming the Middlebury lead to 3-2.
  • Geary scored his third goal of the weekend to even the game with just over five minutes to play. Chris Wallace fed Geary from the left side and the first-year forward tallied a back door equalizer.
  • Bowdoin took the lead 3:14 later, as Cody Todesco won a face-off in the Middlebury zone back to Austin Ricci, who beat Panther goaltender Brian Ketchabaw glove-side to make it 4-3 Polar Bears with 2:36 to play.
  • After Middlebury pulled Ketchabaw for the extra attacker, Bowdoin put the game on ice as Chris Wallace added an empty-netter to round out the scoring.

By The Numbers

  • Ricci finished with a pair of goals in the win for Bowdoin while Todesco tallied two assists.
  • Nathan Colannino earned his first collegiate win in goal for the Polar Bears, making 20 stops.
  • Ketchabaw finished with 28 saves for Middlebury.
  • Bowdoin held a 33-22 edge in shots and went 1-5 on the power play while Middlebury went 1-4 with the extra attacker.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will host the University of New England in a non-conference game at Watson Arena on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Middlebury will return to action on Friday at the Primelink Tournament against Norwich at Plattsburgh.