Jeffs Edged Out By Bowdoin, 4-2
Contact: Ben Badua
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Mike Rowbotham ’15 assisted on a pair of scores, but the Amherst men’s hockey team dropped to 7-5-0 (5-3-0 NESCAC) on the season with a 4-2 loss to Bowdoin at Sidney J. Watson Arena.
With the game knotted at two in the latter stages of the third period, Bowdoin’s Matt Rubinoff ’16 and Harry Matheson ’14 scored a pair of shorthanded goals just 1:03 apart to help the Polar Bears improve to 8-3-2 (4-3-1 NESCAC) on the year.
Netting the game’s first goal with just over a minute left in the first period, Aaron Deutsch ’15 buried his third of the year off assists from Theo Hannah ’16 and Rowbotham. Despite getting outshot 12-10 in the middle frame, Bowdoin broke through with a pair of scores.
Colin Downey ’14 got things started just 4:57 into the stanza by converting a Connor Quinn ’15 feed into his team-leading 11th goal of the season. On the power play midway through the period, Andrew Kurlandski ’14 notched his fifth tally of the season thanks to another Rowbotham helper, putting the visitors back on top at 11:48. With time winding down in the second, Quinn came up with an equalizer, recording his seventh of the year off assists from Danny Palumbo ’15 and Jay Livermore ’14.
Holding an 11-6 shot-on-goal advantage over the final 20 minutes, Amherst had several chances to regain the edge. But despite being short-handed with less than eight minutes remaining, it was the home team that secured the go-ahead goal as Rubinoff beat Jeff goaltender Dave Cunningham ’16 at 12:29. Just over a minute later and still a skater down, Matheson added an insurance tally to help seal the win.
Going 1-for-7 on the power play, Amherst finished with a 38-25 shot advantage. Cunningham made 21 saves in the loss, while senior counterpart Steve Messina had 36 stops.
The Jeffs return to action on Friday, Jan. 17 at Conn. College.