Maine Hockey Journal

Polar Bears maul Seahawks in Face-off Classic

Waterville, ME — Brendan Reich and Daniel Weiniger each tallied two goals and Erik Olsen had four assists for the Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team as they dominated Salve Regina University, 7-1, in the opening game of the Bowdoin-Colby Faceoff Classic at Alfond Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Bowdoin had little trouble with Salve Regina improving to 3-0-0 (2-0-0 in ECAC/NESCAC) on the season.

The Polar Bears led by as many six goals at point in the game, outshooting the Seahawks 67-20 in the game including 24-1 in the second period.

“We’ve had three games on the road and I’m really pleased,” said Bowdoin head coach Terry Meagher. “We have a high compete level and (cohesion)… It’s early, but it’s a good start.”

At 5:16 of the first period, Reich started the scoring for Bowdoin when he snapped a quick shot from the left point, beating Salve Regina goalie Ben Bradley.

Less than two minutes later, Kyle Shearer-Hardy found the back of the net when he fired a wrist shot from inside the right hashmark, giving Bowdoin a 2-0 lead at 7:07 of the period.

Bowdoin made it 3-0 when Reich scored his second of the game while on a power play at 12:23 of the first period after batting the puck into the net, from the right post as it deflected off Erik Olsen’s skated.

With Salve Regina on a power play as a result of a bench minor for too many men on the ice, Freshman Daniel Weiniger scored his first of the season, first of the night when he stoled the puck from a Seahawks defender at blueline, skating the length of ice, beating Bradley between the legs with 2:11 left in the first period.

Bowdoin completely dominated the second period, but could only tally a lone goal at the 17:42 of the second period when Weiniger fired a wrist shot from inside the left hashmark past Bradley, extending the Polar Bear lead to 5-0.

With 1:29 remaining in the period, there was a scary moment for Bowdoin when goaltender Chris Rossi was run into while trying to make a save, landing awkwardly on his right knee. Down for several minutes with the training staff, Rossi made it back to his feet and finished the period.

However, in the third period, Meagher put Richard Nerland into the game on the advice of the training staff.

“He could have stayed in, but the trainer was worried, if their was any, he could take a sprain and make it a tear,” said Meagher.

Ryan Blossom lifted a backhand from in front of the crease past Bradley at 7:59 of the third period, giving the Polar Bears a commanding 6-0 lead.

With 11:23 to play in the game, Salve Regina finally broke through with their first goal of the game, beating Nerland when Patrick Bambery let a wrist shot go from point blank range.

Bowdoin regained their six goal lead while on the power play when Ryan Hanson let a shot go from inside the left circle that trickled by Bradley with 1:02 to play in the game.

Chris Rossi stopped all 12 shots he faced until his injury, Richard Nerland came in relief making five saves before John Scannell came into the game with 4:26 remaining.

Ben Bradley played well, despite giving up seven goals, stopping 60 of 67 shots he faced in the contest.

Bowdoin went 3-for-7 on the power play, while Salve Regina was held off the scoresheet, going 0-for-4.

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