Big First Lifts Jeffs to Big Win at No. 2 Bowdoin, 6-3
Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The 11th-ranked Amherst College men’s ice hockey team scored four goals in the first period en route to a big 6-3 win over No. 2 Bowdoin College in a nationally-ranked battle on Friday evening.
The Polar Bears (16-2-1, 10-2-1 NESCAC) dropped only their second game of the season as the Lord Jeffs (12-5-2, 8-4-1 NESCAC) were led by a pair of goals from Conor Brown ’16.
The Jeffs and Polar Bears opened the first period with fast-paced play, yet the first goal of the game seemed to flip in slow motion. Mike Moher ’13 stood just outside the right side of the crease and flipped the puck over Bowdoin goalie Steve Messina’s shoulder, just catching the inside of the left post as Amherst took the 1-0 lead just 3:30 into play.
Amherst doubled its lead at 7:49 on the power play. Mike Rowbotham ’15 had the puck in Bowdoin’s defensive zone, deep in the right corner, and sent a pass across the crease to Elliot Bostrom ’14 who one-timed it to the left post.
The Polar Bears scored their first goal of the game, to make the score 2-1, at 10:51. Taking advantage of the power play, Ollie Koo rifled off a shot on net that Daniel Weiniger deflected in from the low slot.
Amherst stretched its lead to 3-1 with just 2:40 remaining on the clock in the first. Brown skated down the left side, beyond the reach of a Bowdoin defender, and took advantage of the 1v1 opportunity to send the puck left top-shelf.
The Jeffs ended the first period scoring with their fourth goal and just under a minute remaining on the clock. Nick Brunette ’13 controlled a rebound off Messina’s pads in close range and quickly sent the puck back into the Bowdoin net.
Bowdoin halved the Amherst lead with its second goal of the game at 9:07 into the second stanza. Following prolonged play in the Jeffs’ defensive end, the Polar Bears were able to close in on the net. From within the crowd of defenders and Bowdoin players, Chris Fenwick found the puck from somewhere inside the confusion and pushed it over the line to make the score 4-2.
Amherst wasted no time before coming out and scoring its fifth goal of the game, just 15 seconds into the third period. The Jeffs made a couple initial bids, which were turned away by Max Fenkell before Brown took advantage of the play. Fenkell was pulled away from the crease following his previous plays on the puck and Brown was able to net an uncontested shot to put Amherst on top 5-2.
Bowdoin showed some life with a late third period goal and 2:50 left to play. The Polar Bears’ third goal came from a quick shot by Kyle Lockwood left edge of the crease to beat Amherst goalie Nathan Corey ’13 and pull Bowdoin within two.
Amherst capped the night’s scoring with an empty net goal at 22 seconds left in the game. Rowbotham slipped the puck through a pair of Bowdoin defenders from the high slot to end the Jeffs’ scoring at 6-3.
Messina made three saves in the opening period for Bowdoin before giving way to Fenkell who stopped 15 shots in two periods of relief. Corey made 37 saves in net for Amherst.
Amherst travels to Colby for a 3:00 p.m. game tomorrow while Bowdoin will host Hamilton at the same time.