BRUNSWICK, Maine – Cody Todesco scored his first collegiate hat trick on Saturday afternoon as the Bowdoin men's ice hockey team went on to defeat visiting Connecticut College 8-2.
The Polar Bears pick up their second conference victory of the season to improve to 4-5-1 (2-3-1 NESCAC). The Camels are still in search of their first NESCAC win and fall to 1-6-2 (0-4-2 NESCAC).
· Jason Cahoon gave the Polar Bears an early 1-0 lead, scoring off the rebound of Matthew Melanson's initial shot 3:26 into the game.
· Kendall Culbertson won a faceoff for Bowdoin in the right circle, directing the puck towards Bradley Potter, with Potter finding Joe Lace who fired off a wrister. Lace's goal came 1:31 after Cahoon's tally, doubling Bowdoin's total.
· Todesco scored his first of three goals on the power play at 8:51. Jay Kourkoulis started the play in Bowdoin's own defensive end, passing along the right side boards up to Camil Blanchet who waited on the blue line to carry the puck in. Blanchet centered a pass for Todesco who wristed a shot from the dot.
· Six minutes later, the first-year collected a loose puck that had been tipped ahead by Camil Blanchet. Todesco skated into Camel territory with a defender off his left side and bested Tom Conlin for the man-up tally.
· Todesco completed the hat trick by putting away another rebound, this time off a shot by Daniel McMullan 4:14 into the second period. Todesco's third goal of the game again came on the power play.
· Bowdoin scored just two minutes later as Blanchet found Todesco with the pair skating down the right side. Todesco centered a pass for Austin Ricci who gave the Polar Bears a 6-0 lead.
· Connecticut College spoiled Peter Cronin's shutout with a power play goal of their own in the 7th minute. Tim DiPretoro made a diving bid as he skated towards Bowdoin's crease and flipped the puck over Cronin's shoulder.
· Matthew Lison answered with a goal in the final five minutes, capitalizing on a turnover in Camels' territory, and buried a backhander at the right post for Bowdoin's 7-1 lead.
· Blanchet scored his first goal of the game midway through the final period, taking a feed from Todesco on the left boards. Todesco dug the puck out and slipped an outlet pass towards Blanchet.
· Greg Liautaud (pictured) looked to dump the puck on net from center ice, in front of his own bench, and saucered a shot that found its way past Mark Schiller in net at 15:30 in the third.
· Joe Giordano scored the Camel's final goal 30 seconds later, putting the puck away while several offensive and defensive players piled up on the ice.
By the Numbers
· Todesco ended the day with five points, followed closely behind by Blanchet with four.
· Twelve individual Bowdoin players tallied at least one point in the game.
· Bowdoin outshot the Connecticut College by a 46-32 margin. Cronin earned the win for Bowdoin with 24 stops. Schiller made five saves in 7:49 minutes of relief.
· Conlin made 22 saves for the Camels in 26:37 before Cooney stopped 16 shots in relief.
· The Polar Bears went 2-for-2 on the power play as the Camels were 1-for-3.
· Both teams are off until the New Year, with Connecticut College returning to the ice on January 7 at Stonehill with a 7:00 p.m.
· Bowdoin opens with Amherst on January 8 in Watson Arena at 7:00 p.m.