BRUNSWICK, Maine – The University of New England men's ice hockey team took its only lead of the game late in the third period and held on for a 3-2 Tuesday night final against Bowdoin.
The Polar Bears fall to 1-2-0, while the Nor'Easter climb to 3-3-1.
- Bowdoin opened the scoring with a power play goal 8:06 into the game. Chris Wallace collected the puck behind the net and fed Daniel McMullan above the right faceoff circle. McMullan buried the puck inside the near post for a 1-0 lead.
- Tucker Ross evened the game six minutes later with a power play goal for the Nor'Easters. Derek Mecrones found Ryan Burr in the high slot, who slid a pass towards the left point for Ross. Ross fired off a slapshot that went five-hole on Alex Zafonte.
- Ronnie Lestan regained the lead for Bowdoin with 57 seconds remaining in the second period. Cody Todesco left the puck for Thomas Dunleavy as he skated in behind along the right side, putting a shot on Ben Churchfield. Churchfield turned away Dunleavy's bid but Lestan skated in to clean up the rebound to the far side.
- UNE again responded with just ten seconds left in the period. Zafonte stopped the first shot from Brady Fleurent, but Tyler Seltenreich was there to slide the rebound across the goal line.
- The Nor'Easters took their first lead of the game with six minutes to play in the third. Ryan Bloom skated behind the net, circling toward the right post and found Fleurent on the same side. The junior wristed a close-range shot in for the 3-2 lead.
- UNE killed nearly a minute of five-on-three action and finished off another minute of man-down skating to keep Bowdoin off the board in the third period.
By the Numbers
- The Nor'Easters held a 29-26 edge in shots.
- Bowdoin went 1-for-5 on the power play and UNE was 1-for-4.
- Zafonte made 26 stops for Bowdoin.
- Churchfield made 24 saves for UNE.
- Bowdoin plays Saint Anselm College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in the opening game of the Bowdoin/Colby Faceoff in Waterville.
- The Nor'Easters host USM on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.