Maine Hockey Journal

Bowdoin ends an era on a good note

Brunswick, ME – Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team treated the home crowd to a thrilling victory as they defeated Colby College, 3-1, at the final game between these two clubs at Dayton Arena.

Bowdoin improved their overall record to 4-0-1, (2-0-1 NESCAC) as Colby fell to 2-3-1 (2-1-0 NESCAC).

In January 2009, Bowdoin College will open the Sid Watson Arena, a brand new facility near the adjacent to the Fieldhouse, which will have a seating capacity of 1,900 and be considered one of the best D-III arena’s in collegiate hockey.

“It’s the end of an era,” said Bowdoin head coach Terry Meagher. No matter how you cut it, it’s a very, very special college rivalry in an old barn that owes nobody nothing and we owe it an awful lot.”

The Polar Bears owned much of the first period, outshooting Colby 10-1 over the first 20 minutes of play. Junior Mike Corbelle put Bowdoin up 1-0 when he snapped a wrist shot from the right slot through a screen, beating Mules goaltender Cody McKinney at 7:34 of the first period.

Both teams started the second period 4-on-4, but just 40 seconds later Bowdoin would go on a 4-on-3 power play for 59 seconds where they’d fail to capitalize as Colby made several corrections at the end of the opening period and played with a little more zeal.

“We worked our tails off,” said Colby head coach Jim Tortorella. “We worked really hard to generate things we needed to generate and that’s how were going to win games this season.”

“We’re not going to win games with skill or finesse, we’re going to win games by out-working the other team and I thought the second period was indicative of that.”

With the Mules on a power play, Billy Crinnion found the back of the net to tie the game 1-1 at 10:29 of the second period. A goalmouth scramble ensued in front of Bowdoin goaltender Richard Nerland, he went down to try and freeze the puck, but it took an odd bounce hitting his back and rolling into the net.

Bowdoin made the home crowd happy as they grabbed the quick lead in the third period as just 34 seconds into the final period, Colin MacCormack snapped a quick shot, which hit the blocker and rolled into the net.

“I thought we had the momentum in the second (period), but we couldn’t just get that second goal on the power play,” said Tortorella.

The Polar Bears put the game away in the third period when Brendan Reich finished off a cross-ice play from Thomas Herd, beating McKinney to the left post for the 3-1 lead.

Colby mounted one last charge late in the third period as they had a two-man advantage for 40 seconds, but couldn’t get anything past Nerland, who ended the night with 16 saves on 17 shots.

McKinney made 23 saves for Colby in the loss.

Nerland was named the winner of the Pete Schuh Award as Most Valuable Player of the Colby-Bowdoin game played in Brunswick. A past recipient was Jon Landry, who played two games with the Portland Pirates in 2005-2006.

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