Maine Hockey Journal

Bowdoin comes from behind in OT for win

Bowdoin first-year Daniel Weiniger scored two goals and sophomore Jordan Lalor netted the game-winner in overtime to cap off the Polar Bears’ thrilling 3-2 comeback win over host Babson College in an ECAC East/NESCAC contest at the Babson Skating Center on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Bowdoin improved to 2-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in NESCAC play, while the Beavers suffered their first loss to fall to 1-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the ECAC East.

After going 0-for-5 on powerplay opportunities the night before, Babson converted two of its four extra-man chances in the opening period. The first came at 5:43, as senior Casey Fazekas sent a pass from behind the net to first-year PT Donato, who ripped a shot from the left circle past Bowdoin senior goalie Chris Rossi for the first goal of his collegiate career. The Beavers then made it 2-0 with another powerplay score less than four minutes later, as junior Terry Woods gathered a rebound of senior Chris Wood’s shot and potted his first of the year at 9:25.

Trailing 2-0 after one, Bowdoin cut its deficit in half with a powerplay goal of its own early in the second, when Weiniger converted consecutive passes from senior Mike Corbelle and senior captain Colin MacCormack at 0:55. It would remain 2-1 until late in the third period, when Polar Bears’ junior Kyle Shearer-Hardy dug the puck out along the left boards and fired a centering pass toward the net. Weiniger redirected it just inside the right post for his second goal of the game at 18:11, tying the contest at 2-2.

Following a timeout with 1.8 seconds left in regulation, Babson nearly pulled out the victory when senior assistant captain Jason Schneider got an open look from the top of the left circle. However, his wrister went just wide of the longside post as the buzzer sounded and the contest went into overtime.

The Beavers had the first two scoring chances of the extra session, but Fazekas’ shot from the right point was saved by Rossi and moments later Wood’s effort from the slot went just wide of the left post. Bowdoin then capitalized on its only scoring opportunity of the session, as Lalor took a pass from first-year Robert Toczulowski in front of the net and tucked an open shot into the lower right corner for the game-winning goal at 1:55.

Rossi finished with 29 saves in the win for Bowdoin, while sophomore Andrew Peabody also made 29 saves in net for Babson.

(Courtesy of Bowdoin Sport Services)

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