Jeffs Rally Falls Short as Bowdoin Holds on for 4-3 Victory

Jeffs Rally Falls Short as Bowdoin Holds on for 4-3 Victory

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The No. 11/9 Amherst College men's hockey team scored three times in the second period but the Jeffs' rally fell short as Bowdoin College held on for a 4-3 victory in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC tilt.

With the loss, Amherst (14-4-2, 10-4-0 NESCAC) sees its five-game winning streak come to an end, while Bowdoin improves to 12-5-3 overall, 6-5-3 in league action.

Bowdoin went on the offensive early in the first period and just 4:37 into the stanza, John McGinnis scored a short-handed goal after Amherst was awarded a power play following a cross-checking penalty. The Polar Bears added to their tally at the 15:42 mark of the first frame when Jay Kourkoulis scored following an assist from Stevie Van Siclen to give Bowdoin a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of action. The Polar Bears outshot the Jeffs, 12-9 in the first period en route to their two-goal lead.

In the second period, Bowdoin got off to another fast start as Connor Quinn lit the lamp 3:47 into the session to extend the lead to 3-0. Ryan Collier and Van Siclen set up the scoring play.

Starting at the 13:55 mark, the Purple & White rallied for a trio of goals in a span of 5:08, sparked by David White's '18 team-leading 13th goal of the season. Theo Hannah '16 and Conor Brown '16 provided the assists on the play, as White has now scored a goal in three straight games. Topher Flanagan '16 then pulled the Jeffs to within one (3-2) at the 17:19 mark when he beat Polar Bears' goalie Peter Cronin unassisted for his seventh goal of the season. With 57 ticks remaining in the second stanza, Mike Cashman '15 delivered a short-handed goal – his first of the season – to even the game at 3-3 following a pass from Brown.

Bowdoin, still on the power play after Amherst was called for a holding penalty, used a goal by Danny Palumbo with seven seconds left in the period to give the Polar Bears a 4-3 edge. Zach Kokosa and Kourkoulis provided the assists on the play.

In the third frame, the Jeffs had a pair of power plays, and Bowdoin had one, but neither side was able to convert on the man-advantage. The Polar Bears finished 1-for-3, while Amherst was 0-for-5 with an extra man.

Bowdoin held a 40-26 advantage in shots on goal, including an 18-10 shot differential in the second period.

Cronin (5-2-1) made 23 saves in the winning effort, including nine in the first frame, while Jeffs' goalie Danny Vitale '15 (7-3-2) made 16 of his 36 saves in the second period in the loss for the Purple & White.

McGinnis led the Polar Bears with five shots on goal, while White finished with a game-best six shots on target for Amherst.

Amherst returns to NESCAC play on Friday, Feb. 13 at Connecticut College. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. in New London, Conn.