Men's Hockey Pulls Out 4-3 Overtime Win Over Bowdoin

Senior Brendan Powers scored two goals,
including the game-winner in overtime.
AMHERST, MA – The 13th-ranked Amherst College men’s hockey team needed overtime to pull out a 4-3 win over Bowdoin College at Orr Rink in Amherst. The Lord Jeffs increased their winning streak to six games, and have now won 10 of their last 11 games.

Amherst scored the lone goal of the first period on the power play, breaking the scoreless tie 11:44 into the frame. The Lord Jeff goal came from senior Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) on a redirect of an Amherst shot. Assists on the score went to first-year Mark Colp (Wareham, MA) and senior captain Jeff Landers (Hanover, MA).

The pace of the game was frantic throughout the first period, and down the stretch Amherst sophomore goaltender Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, AB) was called on to make a pair of great sprawling saves.

Early in the second period, Amherst doubled its lead, once again on the power play. Just before the midpoint of the frame, first-year Eddie Effinger (Belleville, MO) scored top-shelf on assists from seniors Rylan Burns (Jasper, AB) and Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON).

Less than four minutes went by before Bowdoin was able to cut the Jeffs’ lead in half. The Polar Bear goal came on the end of a nice passing sequence as Kyle Shearer-Hardy finished off helpers from Jordan Lalor and Ryan Blossom.

The Polar Bears tied the game at 2-2 just 1:50 into the third period, as Mitch Dillon put home the rebound off a Owen Smith shot. Half of the final period went by before Amherst was able to respond, as rookie Mike Baran (Duxbury, MA) riffled a slap shot from the blue line to score with 7:30 to play. Burns picked up another assist on what looked like the game-winner.

With just 2:20 to play, Bowdoin caught an amazing break to deny Amherst the win in regulation. Mike Corbelle hammered the puck into the Amherst defensive zone, and as Anderson went to the corner to take control of the puck, it took a shocking kick off the seam between two sections of the glass. With Anderson helplessly out of the crease, the puck took a straight line into the Jeff net to tie the game 3-3.

The two NESCAC rivals headed into overtime, where Amherst wasted no time taking back the win it looked destined for. Just 49 seconds into the extra session, Powers struck again on assists from Colp and Landers.

At game’s end, Anderson finished with 44 saves for the Lord Jeffs, while Richard Nerland made 48 saves for the Polar Bears. Amherst improved to 14-4-1 (12-2-1 NESCAC) with the win, while Bowdoin dropped to 9-9-2 (6-7-2).