Maine Hockey Journal

Bowdoin remains undefeated in D-III action

Bowdoin’s Richard Nerland made 28 saves in Bowdoin’s first shutout since February of 2008, leading the Polar Bears to a 1-0 win over Skidmore on Friday evening. The win, which is the first 1-0 victory for Bowdoin since 1993, improves the Polar Bears to 4-0-0 this season while Skidmore drops to 3-3-0 overall.

Bowdoin’s lone goal came in the first period as a cross-ice pass from Robert Toczylowski set up Kyle Shearer-Hardy on the far post, who wristed home the game-winning goal at 11:39. The Thoroughbreds had a great chance to tie the score early in the second frame, when Tim Daley one-timed a shot from just outside the crease that Bowdoin’s Richard Nerland was able to sweep aside. Later in the frame, Nerland stopped a breakaway from Skidmore’s Alex Radmin to maintain the one-goal advantage after two periods.

Bowdoin’s Daniel Weiniger almost gave the hosts a two-goal lead early in the third, dragging the puck to set up a whistling wrist shot that rang off the crossbar. Nerland stood tall in net, however, sealing the victory with eight third-period saves. Colin Bessey was outstanding as well, making 34 stops, including several acrobatic saves, to keep the Thoroughbreds close.

Nerland made 28 saves in net, posting the first shutout for Bowdoin since February of 2008 against Wesleyan. The last time the Polar Bears prevailed in a 1-0 decision was on January 26, 1993 when Bowdoin took a 1-0 win over Colby College. Bowdoin Hall of Honoree Charlie Gaffney scored the game’s lone goal that evening with Tom Sablak earning the win between the pipes.

(Courtesy of Bowdoin Sport Information)

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