Men's ice hockey falls in NESCAC semifinal

Tom Chiappetta '11
Tom Chiappetta '11
Top seed and nationally ranked No. 7 Bowdoin College scored five goals in the third period to pull away from Hamilton College, 6-2, in a 2010 New England Small College Athletic Conference championship semifinal game at Bowdoin’s Sidney J. Watson Arena on March 6.

The Polar Bears (19-5-1 overall) advance to their fourth NESCAC title game and first since 2007. Calvin Bartel ’13 turned aside 32 shots as the sixth-seeded Continentals finished their season with a 15-9-2 record. Tom Chiappetta ’11 scored one goal and assisted on another. Joe Houk ’13 tallied two assists.  

Bowdoin had the first great scoring chance, breaking out of their defensive zone on a 3-on-1. A series of one-touch passes resulted in a shot on the back post that was saved by Bartel midway through the opening period. Bowdoin got on the scoreboard 11:30 into the first frame, when a nice feed from the left boards found a Polar Bear in front, who redirected the puck past Bartel for a 1-0 lead.

Bartel kept the Continentals in contention with several strong saves to open the second period. Midway through the period, Houk skated into the offensive zone, handled around a pair of Bowdoin defenders and found Chiappetta on the far post. Chiappetta fired a one-timer top shelf for his ninth goal with just over nine minutes left in the second to tie the score.

Bowdoin opened the third period by crashing the Hamilton net and converting just 46 ticks in as the Polar Bears grabbed a 2-1 lead. Bowdoin added to its lead on the power play at 7:57 when a shot was ripped from the left point and redirected into the back of the net for a 3-1 advantage.  A few moments later, a Polar Bear chipped a pass to the left circle to another Bowdoin player, who snapped a shot that tucked inside the right post.

The Polar Bears added to their lead with another goal on a wrister to the top shelf at 11:05. Jerome Wallace ’10 scored his fourth goal of the season with 6:47 remaining when he pounced on a rebound to cut the Bowdoin lead to 5-2. The Polar Bears added an empty-netter for the final margin with 75 seconds left. Bowdoin took 19 shots in the third period alone.

The Continentals finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Polar Bears went 1-for-3. Bowdoin held a 38-28 advantage in shots on goal. Hamilton finishes the season with its most victories since the Continentals also won 15 games in 2003-04.
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