Men's Hockey Falls to Williams in Season Opener

Jack Bliss scored his first collegiate goal to pull Bowdoin within one early in the final period
Jack Bliss scored his first collegiate goal to pull Bowdoin within one early in the final period

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men's ice hockey team fell 4-1 in its season opener to Williams on Friday evening.

The Polar Bears begin the season at 0-1-0 (0-1-0 NESCAC) and the Ephs jump to 1-0-0 (1-0-0 NESCAC). 

Game Highlights

  • The first two minutes of play were spent entirely in the Bowdoin zone as the Ephs pinned the Polar Bears.
  • Williams tallied the game's first goal 8:38 into the first period. Max Fuld skated straight in on Kyle St. Denis and dished left to Marcus Mollica. Mollica put a quick wrister to the top shelf.
  • Mollica recorded his second of the game with a short-handed solo effort in the final four seconds of the period. The senior picked off a pass at the Bowdoin blue line and carried into the zone. Sam Topham blocked the initial shot but Mollica skated through and collected his own rebound and put it five-hole past St. Denis.
  • Jack Bliss scored his first collegiate goal to cut Bowdoin's deficit to one 4:01 into the final period. Ryan Heath won a faceoff on the right side and slid the puck back to Sam Topham on the right point. Topham fired a shot to the far post for a Bliss deflection.
  • Williams responded two minutes later, capitalizing on a turnover in the Bowdoin zone. The Ephs turned the play into a 3-on-2 and Roberto Cellini barreled towards St. Denis. Cellini dished to Mollica on the right to complete the hat trick.
  • Cellini scored a goal of his in the final four minutes, collecting a breakout pass in neutral territory and speeding into the Bowdoin zone. Cellini buried the top shelf shot.

By the Numbers

  • Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play.
  • St. Denis ended the day with 25 saves for the Polar Bears.
  • Michael Pinios made 26 stops for Williams.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin hosts Middlebury at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Williams heads north to Colby for a 3:00 p.m. matchup