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Men's ice hockey falls at Bowdoin

Bowdoin College's Colin Downey recorded a hat trick and the Polar Bears defeated the Hamilton College Continentals 7-3 in a NESCAC game at Bowdoin's Sidney J. Watson Arena on Jan. 10.

Box Score

The Polar Bears (7-3-2, 3-3-1 NESCAC) sealed the victory with three goals in the final 57 seconds of the third period. Bowdoin increased its unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1).

Downey reached 100 career points with his three goals. Matt Rubinoff chipped in two goals and an assist, and Mitch Barrington and John McGinnis were credited with three assists apiece. Tim Coffey and Jay Livermore notched one goal apiece and Max Fenkell made 27 saves.

Mike DiMare '14 paced Hamilton's offense with a goal and two assists. DiMare leads the Continentals with 13 helpers and 21 points. Xavier Morin '17 and Kenny Matheson '16 added one goal apiece and Robbie Murden '17 ended up with two assists. Conor Lamberti '17 and Truman Landowski '17 finished with one assist apiece.

Joe Quattrocchi '14 started in goal for the Continentals and made two saves in four-plus minutes. Charlie Fennell '17 relieved Quattrocchi and stopped 26 shots.

Bowdoin scored its first goal exactly six minutes into the opening period. Ryan Collier passed to the left post from the high slot and set up Downey, who buried a one-timer inside the left post. The Polar Bears doubled their lead with 4:39 left in the first after another Downey goal on the left side. McGinnis fired a shot wide of the net and the puck rebounded off the boards and settled just outside the crease, where Downey collected it for his second goal of the night.

The Polar Bears picked up early in the second period where they left off in the first. Barrington shot wide and allowed the puck to bounce off the boards to Livermore at the left post. Livermore slid the puck between Fennell’s skate and the pipe for a 3-0 lead at 6:45 of the second.

The Continentals (3-6-1, 2-4-1) answered with 5:53 remaining in the period when Morin shot from the point and made it 3-1. Hamilton closed within a goal on the power play with 2:35 to go in the second. With Fenkell under a pile of players inside the crease, Matheson pulled the puck to the opposite post for his fifth goal.

Bowdoin regained control with a power-play goal at 8:13 of the third period. McGinnis put a shot on net that Fennell stopped, but the rebound sat loose outside the crease. Rubinoff quickly collected the errant puck and extended Bowdoin’s lead to 4-2.

The Continentals pulled within 4-3 on a short-handed goal by DiMare with 2:44 left in the third. Following a takeaway in Bowdoin’s defensive zone, DiMare skated cross-ice and buried a slap shot. Hamilton pulled Fennell with 1:10 to go but Downey scored on a breakaway on an empty net for his hat trick with 57 seconds remaining. Rubinoff followed with a power-play goal just eight seconds later and Coffey capped the win on his sixth goal with 24 seconds left.

The Polar Bears held a 35-30 edge in shots and were 2-for-7 on power-play chances. Hamilton scored once in three opportunities and dropped its third straight game.

The Continentals play another NESCAC game at Colby College on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m.

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