Men's Hockey Picks Up First Win of the Season in Shutout at Middlebury

Pat Geary scored the game's first goal early in the first period
Pat Geary scored the game's first goal early in the first period

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team picked up its first win of the season in a 2-0 NESCAC victory over host Middlebury on Sunday afternoon.

The Polar Bears improve to 1-1-0 (1-1-0 NESCAC), while keeping the Panthers winless (0-2-0, 0-2-0 NESCAC).

Game Highlights

  • The Polar Bears opened the scoring at the 11:43 mark of the first period. Bowdoin cycled the puck behind the Panther net with Jack Bliss centering a pass from below the goal line to Pat Geary, who lifted the puck under the cross bar for a 1-0 lead.
  • Middlebury responded with offensive pressure as Vincent Gisonti deflected a pass that Alex Zafonte stopped with his right pad, before he made a blocker save on a shot from the high slot by Kamil Tkaczuk.
  • Zafonte stopped a third period blast from the point to keep Middlebury off the board with nine minutes off the clock. Zafonte denied the rebound bid as well.
  • Bowdoin added an insurance goal with 7:44 left in the contest, as Thomas Dunleavy poked home a rebound from inside the crease with an assist from Ronnie Lestan for a 2-0 lead.

By the Numbers

  • Stephen Klein finished with 27 saves.
  • Zafonte stopped all 39 shots he faced for a shutout in his first collegiate start.
  • Middlebury held a 39-29 edge in shots.
  • Both teams went 0-3 on the power play.

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears host the University of New England on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.