Bowdoin College 5, Connecticut College 1 Camels Set to Celebrate Senior Day Tomorrow Afternoon

Bowdoin College 5, Connecticut College 1 Camels Set to Celebrate Senior Day Tomorrow Afternoon

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Bowdoin College men's hockey team scored a pair of goals in a 13 second span of the second period to pull away for a 5-1 NESCAC victory at Connecticut College Friday night. 

The Polar Bears improved their record to 14-7-2 with a 9-7-1 record in the NESCAC. The Camels had their five game unbeaten streak snapped, falling 8-13-2 with a 7-9-1 record in conference action.

Kendall Culbertson (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) scored twice to lead the visiting Polar Bears. John McGinnnis (Cocoa, Fla.) chipped in with a goal and an assist. Senior net-minder Steve Messina (Newton, N.J.) finished with 20 saves in the goal. 

Zach Shapiro (Toronto, Ont.) accounted for the Connecticut College goal. Senior Mike Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) finished with 33 saves between the pipes.

Bowdoin jumped out on top 7:25 into regulation. Colin Downey (East Sandwich, Mass.) took a pass from Connor Quinn (Sudbury, Mass.) and unloaded in the slot for his team-leading 19th goal of the season. McGinnis had the second assist as he was able to corral the loose puck behind the Camel goal. 

But the Camels pulled even with 6:33 to play in the first. Shapiro buried a wrist shot from the left point with assists coming from Greg Liautaud (Butler, N.J.) and Adam Patel (Alpharetta, Ga.).

However the visitors would regain their lead when Culbertson scored a goal in transition at the 15:07 mark of the first with Danny Palumbo (Suwanee, Ga.) assisting on the marker. 

Bowdoin controlled play for much of the second period. But Petchonka kept the door shut for most of the frame. Ryan Mowery (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) was active all night for the Camels and the freshman forward made a nice move to find some open real estate and unload with a slap shot from below the left circle with 16:35 remaining but the shot was saved by Messina.

With 1:50 remaining, Mitch Barrington (Cambridge, Ont.) had a nice scoring bid for the visitors when he delivered a blistering slap shot from the high slot but Petchonka was able to close the pads to plug up the five-hole. 

Finally, with 1:26 remaining, the visitors cashed in on a power-play. Kokosa fired a shot from point-blank range and Petchonka got a piece of it but Culbertson pounced on the rebound in the slot and stuffed one in to make it a 3-1 game.

On the ensuing faceoff, Bowdoin tacked on another goal when they induced a Camel turnover. McGinnis broke free for his seventh goal and 24th point of the season to make it a 4-1 game. 

Joseph Lace (Pascoag, R.I.) tacked on the fifth goal on a breakaway with 12.3 seconds left to close out the 5-1 victory for the visitors.

Bowdoin held a 38-to-21 advantage in shots. The visitors were 1-for-3 on their power play. 

Both teams have qualified for the upcoming NESCAC Championship. Tomorrow afternoon, Connecticut College will celebrate by honoring its nine seniors with a pre-game ceremony. At 3:00 p.m., the Camels will face-off against Colby College.

The Polar Bears will visit Tufts for a 4:00 p.m. game in Malden, Mass.