Maine Hockey Journal

Bowdoin and Colby fall in New Hampshire

Henniker, NH — New England College scored four times in the second period and then held on in the third period for a 4-3 victory over Colby College in ECAC East men’s hockey Saturday.

The Mules, who took a win over Saint Anselm on Friday, fell to 4-6-1. New England College won for the fifth straight time and is 9-2.

After a scoreless opening period, the two teams combined for six goals over the next 20 minutes. Jarkko Leppanen tallied just 35 seconds into period to give NEC the lead.

The Mules quickly went ahead 2-1 on goals by Jared Crittenden and Blake Dressen in a span of 31 seconds. Chris Talbert was credited with the assist on Crittenden’s goal two minutes into the period. Dressen then got his first collegiate goal off assists from Matt Ahern and Tom McGinn.

The Pilgrims took control the rest of the period and got goals at 5:26, 12:36, and 14:02 to take a 4-2 lead into the final period.

The Mules made it tight in the final minutes after Matt Strickland scored at 16:46 off assists from Dan Nelson and Michael Doherty on the power play.

Cody McKinney made 30 saves in net for Colby.

The Saint Anselm College men’s ice hockey team scored twice in the third period, rallying from a one-goal deficit to take a 3-2 victory over Bowdoin on Saturday. The Polar Bears fall to 6-4-1 with their third-straight close loss. The Hawks improve to 4-4-1 this season.

The Polar Bears his the scoreboard first, when junior defenseman Mike Corbelle scored off of passes from Brandon Reich and Erik Olson with just over four minutes left in the first period. The Hawks were out shot 23-5 as Hawk senior goalie Pat Gallagher set aside 22 shots in the first stanza.

In the second period, Saint Anselm tied the game on a power-play goal from sophomore forward Nick Wheeler six and a half minutes into the period. Bowdoin took the lead back midway through the period when Kyle Hanson took a pass from Thomas Herd to beat Gallagher for a 2-1 lead. The Hawks were again out shot in the period 14-7.

The third period was all Hawks as Wheeler added his second goal of the game midway through the third period on assists from Noonan and senior captain Joe Fernald to tie the game 2-2. A minute and a half later Coleman Noonan’s unassisted goal lifted the Hawks to a 3-2 victory.

The Hawks were out shot 51-25 but Gallagher made an astounding 49 saves pick up his second victory of the year, while Richard Nerland stopped 22 shots to fall to 4-3-1 on the year.

Bowdoin will return to action on Friday when they play their final game in Dayton Arena. The Polar Bears will host Middlebury at 7:00 p.m.

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