Maine Hockey Journal

Nothing like home for Bowdoin

Brunswick, ME – There’s no place like home for Bowdoin College.

After losing three straight games on the road, the Polar Bears scored a pair of shorthanded goals on Friday night to beat Salem State College, 4-1, at Sid Watson Arena.

Bowdoin (8-8-1, 5-6-1 NESCAC) began the season with high expectations, going 5-0-1 as they felt they could battle for a top spot in NESCAC.

However, the Polar Bears road record has been the achilles heal, going 1-7-1 on the road while sporting a 5-1-1 record against opponents at home.

“If you can hope to be .500 on the road and .700 at home then you’re going to have a hell of a season,” said Bowdoin coach Terry Meagher. “Obviously, we are not there… yet.”

Since going undefeated to start the season, Bowdoin has fallen back to .500 going 3-8 over the last 11 games.

There only wins have come at home as they’ve gone winless on the road since Dec. 5.

Photo by Bowdoin College

Photo by Bowdoin College

Bowdoin would open the scoring at 1:27 of the first period as Owen Smith beat Salem State goalie Ryan Hatch with a quick shot off the face off.

Bowdoin completely dominated the Vikings, outshooting them 20-6 in the first period.

The game remained 1-0 until Jeff Tellier tied the game with 4:23 left in the second period.

Tellier fired — what seemed to be — a harmless shot on net toward Bowdoin goalie Richard Nerland, but he couldn’t corral the shot as it trickled between his legs into the net.

“It’s one of those things,” said Meagher. “It was bouncing around and he’s played solid for us. That’s when your leadership has to step up and say that those things happen and not let it get to you.”

In the third period, Bowdoin needed to kill off 4:51 of a major penalty assessed to Kyle Shearer-Hardy late in the second period for a questionable facemask. Shearer-Hardy was also given a game misconduct.

With 2:12 left in the penalty, Bowdoin senior defenseman Jordan Lalor spilt Salem State’s defense, firing a wrist shot over Hatch’s block at 2:39 of the third period to go up 2-1.

Bowdoin killed off the remaining five minute major with a help from Salem St. forward Ian Flanagan, who took a roughing penalty at 3:32 of the period.

At 8:05, Erik Olsen fed Ben Tsujiura, in the slot, who lifted a backhand shot by Hatch to extend Bowdoin’s lead to 3-1.

“To boil it down… the program needed a win,” said Meagher. “(Tsujiura) scored a big goal for this team. That one play is so significant in getting this team’s confidence going.”

With 1:39 left in the game, Jeff Fanning seal the victory while shorthanded, six-on-four, as Salem State – already on a power play – pulled Hatch for the extra attacker.

Salem State’s Ryan Hatch made 34 saves in the loss, while Richard Nerland stopped 16 of 17 shots in the win.

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