Men's Hockey Returns to Win Column With 4-3 Win Over Wesleyan

Bradley Ingersoll scored the game-winner late in the third period to secure the upset.
Bradley Ingersoll scored the game-winner late in the third period to secure the upset.

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men's hockey team came from behind with a pair of quick third period goals to upset visiting Wesleyan 4-3 on Saturday evening.

The Polar Bears improve to 8-13-0 (5-10-0 NESCAC), while dropping the Cardinals to 11-6-4 (7-5-3 NESCAC).

Game Highlights

  • Dylan Holtze bested Alex Zafonte 13:23 into the game for a 1-0 advantage. Holtze carried down the right boards and curled towards the near post, forcing Zafonte to commit, and wristed a no-angle shot to the far side.
  • Wesleyan took a 2-0 lead 6:13 into the second period. Cameron Peritz carried into the Bowdoin zone along the right side and directed a shot towards net. As the puck flew in, it deflected off Jordan Jancze and past Zafonte.
  • Bowdoin responded two minutes later as Sam Topham and Spencer Antunez connected with tic tac toe passes to Ronnie Lestan at the left post.
  • Cody Todesco pulled the Polar Bears even with 2:26 to play in the period, finishing off a shot from Lestan that popped into the air inside Wesleyan's crease.
  • The Cardinals regained the lead 5:40 into the last period. With the puck squirting across the crease, Zafonte was unable to cover it and no Bowdoin defender could clear, leaving Luke Babcock free to collect and carry. Babcock dragged the puck across to the far post and flipped a shot into the net.
  • The Polar Bears evened the score at 12:07 as Matthew Lison put shot on net from the left side. Antunez deflected the puck as it came in, tying the game at 3-3.
  • A minute later, Bowdoin took its first and only lead of the game as Bradley Ingersoll waited on the back step for a cross from Pat Geary. Ingersoll controlled the puck and roofed a shot over Tim Sestak.

By the Numbers

  • Sestak turned away 25 shots for the Cardinals.
  • Zafonte made 18 saves for the Polar Bears.
  • Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play.

Up Next

  • Wesleyan heads up the road to face Colby tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
  • The Polar Bears host Trinity on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in their final home game of the regular season.