Maine Hockey Journal

Bowdoin season ends on Olvany’s goal

Williamstown, Mass. – Connor Olvany scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Williams College men’s ice hockey team to a 3-2 win over Bowdoin in the NESCAC quarterfinals on Saturday. Bowdoin finishes their ’08-’09 season with a 11-12-2 overall record while the Ephs, now 15-8-2, will play second-seeded Middlebury at Amherst next Saturday.

The scoring began early in the first period, when at 3:40 junior forward Colin MacCormack took a pass from senior forward/defenseman Matt Smith and flung it past Eph freshman goaltender Ryan Purdy for his 8th on the year. The early goal did little to shake the nerves of the rookie, as Purdy would stop the rest of the 15 shots he faced in the opening twenty minutes. Williams responded to the stellar play of their netminder by mounting some offensive pressure later in the period, and at 13:18 sophomore forward Ryan Young gathered a loose puck and wristed it over the shoulder of Polar Bear goalie Chris Rossi for his ninth this season, tying the score at 1-1.

The Ephs would take the lead in the second at 13:37, when Troiani centered the puck from behind the Bowdoin net to senior forward Matt Draheim. The veteran waited patiently, skated to the open spot, and ripped a wrister over a baited Rossi for his 9th goal, giving the Williams a one-goal advantage.

The Ephs started the final frame down a man. Although they successfully killed this first penalty, they were unable to kill a second Bowdoin man-advantge just minutes later, as MacCormack slapped home a one-time feed from rookie Graham Sisson for his ninth goal, knotting the score at 2-2 with 14:50 left in regulation.

With 6:33 left, Bowdoin received a five-minute major penalty for hitting from behind. However, the Polar Bears held their ground, and killed off the entire penalty, escaping a near game-winner by Matt Draheim. The Eph forward found a loose puck all alone in front of the net and made a strong move, but was stopped by Rossi’s right pad.

At 9:10 in the overtime period, sophomore forward Matt Masucci took the puck out from behind the net and tried a wrap-around wrister. His shot was knocked down by a Polar Bear defneder, but the loose puck came to Olvany, who guided it into the open net for the game-winner.

Rossi made 31 saves in the loss while Purdy stopped 46 in the victory for Williams.

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