Maine Hockey Journal

Bowdoin drops first game of the season

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — The Skidmore College men’s ice hockey team beat Bowdoin for the first time since joining the ECAC East in 1999, taking a 6-4 win against the Polar Bears Saturday. Skidmore enters the semester break on a four-game win streak and a 4-2-0 overall and 2-2 ECAC East record. Bowdoin falls to 5-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in NESCAC play.

Skidmore grabbed a quick 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Sasha Thomas at 2:08 and Brett Bandazian at 7:06. Bandazian’s short-handed goal was set-up by Anthony Ferri.

The Thoroughbreds scored first in the second period on a power-play goal by Matt Czerkowicz at 3:53 to make it 3-0. Bowdoin responded with three straight goals, including goals 13 seconds apart from Matt Smith and Mike Collins, to tie the game 3-3. Skidmore settled down and regained the lead with Joe Melynk’s first goal at 14:43 to make it 4-3 at the end of two.

Bowdoin tied it 4-4 when Ryan Blossom scored on a rebound at 4:24. Melnyk put the Thoroughbreds on top for good when he tipped-in a Nick Dupuis shot at 11:23 for the 5-4 lead. Chris Webb scored an empty-net goal for the 6-4 final.

Andrew Ross had 27 saves, including a dramatic glove save with 1:07 to play for the win. Chris Rossi had 19 saves for Bowdoin.

The Polar Bears, who will host the “Skate with the Polar Bears” food drive at Dayton Arena from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, return to action on December 27 when they play Salve Regina at the Salem State Holiday Classic.

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