Maine Hockey Journal

Feole shuts down Bowdoin in battle of NESCAC rivals

Waterville, ME – Colby goaltender Dean Feole made 22 saves, as the Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team was shut out for the first time in nearly five years in a 1-0 victory for the Mules on Tuesday evening. The contest was the non-league matchup between the NESCAC rivals as Bowdoin falls to 7-8-1 this season while Colby improves to 5-8-3.

Defense ruled Tuesday’s contest as Bowdoin’s Richard Nerland (34 saves) was just as stellar between the pipes as Feole. The first-year made 14 first-period stops and several sprawling saves in the second period as the Polar Bears killed off a 5×3 penalty to keep the game scoreless. Bowdoin killed off another powerplay chance late in the stanza, and earned one of their own to open the third period.

The Polar Bears could not convert on the advantage, but increased the offensive pressure, peppering Colby netminder Dean Feole. But Feole answered every challenge and the Mules took advantage when Matt Rappaport snapped a shot from the left circle that slipped inside the post with 12:06 remaining.

That proved to be all Colby would need, as one last push down ice by Mike Collins with less than 10 seconds remaining saw the Polar Bear senior taken down in front of the cage, drawing a penalty. Bowdoin won the ensuing draw, but could not find the net in the closing moments as the Mules skated away with just their second win over the Polar Bears since 2004.

Bowdoin leads the all-time series 98-84-8 and is 6-2-1 in last nine games against Colby. The Polar Bears were shut out for the first time since February 28, 2004 – a span of 118 games. Usually a high-scoring contest, the 1-0 shutout is the lowest-scoring game in the series since the Polar Bears took a 1-0 win at Colby on January 26, 1993.

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