BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Purple & White could not overcome a two goal third period by the Polar Bears as the No. 13/13 Amherst College men's ice hockey team fell to Bowdoin College, 3-1 Friday evening at Sidney J. Watson Arena.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 11-4-3 on the season and to 6-4-3 in league play, while Bowdoin's overall ledger improves to 8-11-0 (5-8-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 4 when they travel to Colby College for a 3 p.m. conference battle.
Neither side found the back of the net in a scoreless first period, with Amherst owning an 11-9 advantage in shots on target.
The Polar Bears broke the 0-0 deadlock eight minutes into the second stanza, as Cody Todesco tallied his team-leading 13th goal of the winter to give Bowdoin a 1-0 edge. Finding the puck in a scrum in the slot following several blocked shots, Todesco rifled a wrist shot over the pad of the Amherst netminder and into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Responding with 4:25 on the clock, senior captain Austin Ho set the score at 1-1 following a dish from Max Roche '19. Racing towards goal, Ho gathered the puck, cut back and and quickly sent a snap shot past Peter Cronin.
Bowdoin reclaimed the lead with 12:55 to play in regulation behind a score by Mitch Barrington. Crashing the net after a save by the Amherst goalkeeper, Barrington roofed a shot to give the Polar Bears a 2-1 lead.
Notching his second tally of the contest, Todesco added an insurance goal for Bowdoin just two minutes later to make it a 3-1 game. Carrying the puck into the corner, Matthew Lison connected with Todesco on the far post who redirected the puck into the nylon.
- In goal, Connor Girard '18 (6-4-3) made 25 saves for the Purple & White, while Cronin (4-6-0) recorded 24 stops for Bowdoin in the winning effort.
- The Polar Bears owned a slight 25-24 advantage in shots on frame in the matchup.
- Neither team was able to convert on the power play, with Amherst going 0-for-2 and Bowdoin finishing 0-for-3 up a skater.