Maine Hockey Journal

Sid would have been proud

Brunswick, ME – Emotions ran for the Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team as they began a new era on Sunday afternoon, stepping onto the ice at Sid Watson Arena for the first time before a sellout crowd of 2,400. (For more about Sid Watson)

Feeding off that emotion, Bowdoin sophomore Kyle Shearer-Hardy scored four goals as part of his six points en route to an 8-3 victory over Williams College.

“It was an emotional day all the way around,” said Bowdoin head coach Terry Meagher. “I was so proud of these kids. It’s not easy to play with all this stuff happening around you.”

Bowdoin, for the last 52 years, played at Dayton Arena, but the facility was aging, becoming too costly to maintain and the program just simply outgrew the old barn, despite its rich history so in Dec ’07, Bowdoin began construction on the new 68,200-square foot structure, taking a little over 14 months to complete.

The Polar Bears, feeding off the positive energy from the crowd, built a 2-0 lead in the first period of goals by Shearer-Hardy.

At 9:13, Shearer-Hardy scored his first of the night when he created a little space with a spin around move and then drove to the net, lifting the puck by Williams’ goalie Marc Pulde for the 1-0 lead.

At 15:29, the Polar Bears made 2-0 on a power play goal by Shearer-Hardy as he found the puck in the crease, poking it by Pulde.

“It was a special game for him,” Meagher said with a smile. “I thought he was our best player on Friday. I thought he was our best player on the ice all weekend.”

Williams would get on the board with a power play goal of their own late in the second period.

With Brian Fry off for interference, Williams cycled the puck to Brian Malchoff, who walked in from the right face off circle, snapping a shot into the upper-right corner, beating Bowdoin goalie Richard Nerland.

Bowdoin regained their two-goal margin, 3-1, just 2:14 into the second period when Aaron O’Callahan, somehow beat Pulde, amidst a scrum in front of the Williams netminder.

Sasha Voloshin was whistled for hooking at 11:50 to give Bowdoin their fifth power play of the game, but it was Williams that took advantage when Ryan Scott sent Matt Dreiheim on a breakaway, who slipped the puck underneath Nerland at 12:27 of the second period, pulling Williams back with a goal at 3-2.

“We got a little tentative,” said Meagher. “(Bowdoin) played defense instead of attacking and we’re an attacking, pressing team.”

A little over a minute later, Bowdoin re-established the two-goal lead for a second time in the game at 4-2 as Graham Sisson redirected Brendan Reich’s shot from the high slot, beating Pulde at 13:30 of the second period.

Williams refused to back down getting a power play goal from Matt Masucci at 14:17 of the second period.

In the third period, Bowdoin controlled the period and the game, scoring four times in the period.

Shearer-Hardy scored two goals in a 54 second span, giving the Polar Bears a commanding 6-3 lead.

At 6:10, Ryan Blossom from behind the net, sent a feed to Shearer-Hardy, who stormed the slot, putting the shot over Pulde’s glove to give Bowdoin a 5-3 lead.

“We came out with fire,” said Kyle Shearer-Hardy. “After coming off a big loss to Middlebury, Coach Meagher and Riley got us pumped up.”

Shearer-Hardy added his seventh of the season – fourth of the night – at 7:04 of the third period.

Ryan Blossom scored his sixth of the season at 16:05, picking up the rebound and firing a slap shot by Pulde for the 7-3 lead.

With 2:12 left in the game, Bowdoin capped off the scoring as Colin MacCormack picked up his own rebound and snapped a quick shot goal for the 8-3 lead.

Richard Nerland made 25 saves for the win, while Marc Pulde had a rough night, stopping only 26 of 34 shots.

NOTES: Williams College agreed to stay in Maine for an extra day in order to accommodate Bowdoin in their plans to open Sid Watson Arena. Williams played Friday night at Colby College before busing to Brunswick.

“The sportsmanship exhibited by them and the cooperation we got from Williams makes you very proud to be part of the NESCAC,” said Meagher. “Their coach (Bill Kangas) is a class act all the way around.”

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