Men's Hockey Rallies Past Bowdoin, 8-5, Advances to NESCAC Semifinals

Men's Hockey Rallies Past Bowdoin, 8-5, Advances to NESCAC Semifinals

Part of this release courtesy of Bowdoin Athletic Communications

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Amherst College men's  ice hockey team scored six goals in the final period of regulation to overcome a  3-0 deficit and defeat Bowdoin College, 8-5, in NESCAC quarterfinal action at Watson Arena Saturday afternoon.

RECORDS
Amherst (10-11-4)
Bowdoin (13-8-4)

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Down 4-2 heading into the final period of action, the Purple & White exploded for six goals to advance to third-straight NESCAC semifinals.
  • Outshooting Bowdoin in all three periods, Amherst held a 39-32 advantage in shots on goal.
  • Amherst finished 1-for-3 on man-up opportunities, while the Polar Bears finished 1-for-2 on the power play.
  • Dave Cunningham '16 (6-4-4) racked up 27 saves in the winning effort for the Purple & White, while Peter Cronin (12-6-3) made 31 stops in between the pipes for Bowdoin.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bowdoin scored 10:57 into the opening frame to go ahead 1-0. Matt Sullivan carried the puck down the right boards and crossed a pass to Cody Todesco on the far faceoff circle. Todesco centered the puck with a hard feed that Camil Blanchet deflected past Cunningham.
  • The Polar Bears took advantage of a 5x3 power play to double their lead with 48 seconds remaining in the period. Daniel McMullan set up on the left point and fed Sullivan on the opposite side. Sullivan fired a slap shot on net with Matthew Lison tipping the puck as it flew past to go up 2-0.
  • After killing an Amherst power play, Bowdoin went ahead 3-0 6:21 into the second.  Brendan Conroy crossed the puck to Austin Ricci on the left dot. Ricci wristed a shot top shelf on the far side to extend Bowdoin's lead.
  • Chris Roll '17 won a faceoff in the Polar Bear zone and kicked the puck back to Brendan Burke '16 to set up Amherst's first goal of the game. Burke fired a shot through traffic past Cronin to put the Purple and White on the board 8:34 into the period.
  • Amherst continued to chip away at Bowdoin's lead with its second of the game at 12:35. Conor Brown '16 took an off speed shot from the left that rolled over Cronin's shoulder.  
  • Bowdoin responded with a goal two minutes later off the stick of Todesco. Sullivan shot through traffic, followed by a cleanup attempt by Jay Kourkoulis that resulted in a loose puck on the left post.  Todesco poked home the Polar Bears' fourth with 5:09 remaining in the period.
  • Amherst scored a power play goal 1:41 into the final frame. Patrick Arena '16 shot from the right side and slid the puck through the five-hole to pull Amherst within one at 4-3.
  • Bowdoin responded off the ensuing faceoff as Sebastian Foster found Ricci on the right boards who skated into the Amherst zone and shot far post to go up 5-3.
  • Austin Ho '17 scored less than a minute later with a shot from the blue line that snaked through a screen.
  • Roll tied the game at 4:53 after skating down the slot and writing a shot top right shelf.
  • Amherst took its first lead of the game off another Ho goal at 7:13 off a Burke feed on the right side.
  • David White '18 tallied Amherst's fourth straight goal with a successful one-on-one opportunity. White collected a loose puck in neutral ice and broke away uncontested in the Bowdoin zone. The sophomore drew the goalie left and then pulled right to bury Amherst's seventh of the game at 15:31.
  • Will Vosejpka '18 put away an empty netter with 36 seconds remaining.
  • Joseph Lace led all skaters with six shots on frame in the matchup, while a trio of Amherst skaters put five shots on target apiece.

UP NEXT

  • Bowdoin concludes its 2015-16 campaign with a 13-8-4 overall record and a 9-5-4 mark in league play.
  • Amherst advances to the semifinals of the NESCAC Championship tournament and is set to play Middlebury College on Saturday, March 5 in Hartford, Conn. at Trinity College. The puck will be dropped at either 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.