Men's ice hockey falls to No. 6 Bowdoin

Evan Haney '14
Evan Haney '14

Six players scored a goal for Bowdoin College, and the nationally ranked No. 6 Polar Bears shrugged off a slow start en route to a 6-2 NESCAC win against Hamilton College at Hamilton's Russell Sage Rink on Jan. 5.

Bowdoin (11-0-1 overall, 7-0-1 NESCAC) won its 10th straight game and improved to 8-0 away from home. The Polar Bears are 6-0-2 in their last eight meetings with the Continentals.

Harry Matheson '14 led the Bowdoin offense with a goal and two assists, and Colin Downey '14 chipped in one goal and one assist. Matheson leads the team with 12 assists and is tied for first in the NESCAC with 17 points.

Ryan Collier '15, Robert Toczylowski '13, Dylan Shamburger '16 and Ollie Koo '14 added one goal each. Max Fenkell '15 received the start in goal and made 22 saves.

Evan Haney '14 paced Hamilton (3-6-2, 2-5-1) with one goal and one assist, and Andrew White '13 tallied his first goal this season. Pat Curtis '15, Mike DiMare '14 and Anthony Ruberto '13 were credited with assists. Ruberto leads the team with 10 points. Joe Quattrocchi '14 turned away a season-high 39 shots.

The Polar Bears enjoyed a 45-24 shot advantage. Bowdoin's special teams accounted for one power-play and one short-handed goal. The Continentals finished 1-for-5 on the power play.

White gave the upset-minded Continentals a 1-0 lead with five minutes remaining in the opening period when his shot from just inside the blue line found the back of the net. DiMare and Haney were credited with assists on the goal. Quattrocchi turned away all 14 Bowdoin shots in the first period with a few nice glove saves.

In the second period, Quattrocchi picked up right where he left off with another 13 saves through the first 14 minutes. Bowdoin went on the power play at 11:13 and took four shots, but Quattrocchi stopped each one and the Continentals killed the power play.

Bowdoin finally got on the board with 5:07 left in the period on Shamburger’s short-handed, breakaway goal. Shamburger ended up with the puck after a shot by Marko Brelih '16 was blocked and ricocheted out towards center ice where Shamburger caught up to it. He made a series of fakes to beat Quattrocchi and tie the score.

The Polar Bears took the lead for good on the power play with 2:04 left in the second on Collier’s heavily screened slap shot from the blue line after a feed from Kyle Lockwood '14. Bowdoin led 2-1 after two periods.

Bowdoin extended its lead to 3-1 at 3:57 of the third period when Downey, who was situated at the right post, tipped in a pass from Matheson. The Continentals pulled within 3-2 on the power play at the 7:56 mark on Haney’s second goal in as many nights. Curtis and Ruberto earned the assists.

Koo answered for the Polar Bears just 20 seconds later with assists going to Matheson and Downey. Matheson and Toczylowski tacked on goals in the final 2:06 to secure the victory.

Hamilton hosts Connecticut College for another NESCAC game on Friday, Jan. 11. The Polar Bears host the University of New England in non-conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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