Men's Hockey Rides Early Goals to NESCAC Victory Against Hamilton

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men's hockey team scored two first period goals and held off Hamilton through regulation to earn a 2-1 NESCAC victory on Friday evening.

The Polar Bears (6-5-0, 3-3-0 NESCAC) survived over two minutes of six-on-five hockey to secure the win over the surging Continentals (3-6-2, 2-4-0 NESCAC).  

Game Highlights

  • Bowdoin jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 2:01 into the first period. Andy Stoneman was deep in the Polar Bear zone and fed Bobby Murray with a long breakout pass beyond center ice. Murray skated right and rifled a shot from the faceoff circle past Anthony Tirabassi.
  • Three minutes later the Polar Bears doubled their lead. Jimmy Duffy wrapped around the back of the Hamilton net and tucked the puck inside the left post, making a second effort to push it beyond the goal line.
  • Hamilton chipped away at the deficit with a power play goal just under the halfway point in the frame. Sean Allen fed Sean Thomson in the Continental zone, with Thomson carrying along the right boards into Bowdoin territory. Thomason centered a pass to Jordi Jefferson who put the puck far post.
  • Alex Zafonte denied an equalizer opportunity for Hamilton with five seconds left in the period, laying out backwards to deny an open backdoor pass to Justin Felhaber.
  • Zafonte made another key save to preserve the lead in the second, stopping a shorthanded breakaway attempt from Fred Allaire.
  • Hamilton pulled the goalie for an extra skater for the final two minutes of the third. While the Continentals maintained pressure in the Bowdoin zone, they were unable to convert. The best look came for Tommy Tanner with under a minute remaining an open far post bid that went wide.

By the Numbers

  • Zafonte made 36 saves to earn the win in net for Bowdoin, including 17 in the first period.
  • Tirabassi made 18 stops for Hamilton.
  • Bowdoin went 0-for-1 on the power play.
  • Hamilton was 1-for-3 on the power play.

Up Next

  • The Continentals play at Colby on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
  • The Polar Bears host Amherst at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.