Maine Hockey Journal

Bowdoin earns top seed with win; will face Colby in first round

For the second time in four years, the Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team captured first place in the conference
standings and top seed for the NESCAC Tournament, defeating New England College in their regular season finale on Saturday, 5-2. The Polar Bears (17-5-1, 14-4-1 NESCAC) will host eighth-seeded Colby College in a quarterfinal contest at Sidney J. Watson Arena on February 27.

The Pilgrims fall to 10-13-2 (6-11-2 ECAC) with the loss.

Robert Toczylowski got the Polar Bears started on Saturday afternoon, taking control of a turnover behind the NEC net and tucking a
wrap-around past Aaron Harvey just 2:50 into the contest. The teams traded a pair of tallies just seconds apart, as Ryan Blossom upped Bowdoin’s lead with a redirection at 6:39. But the Pilgrims cut the lead in half just 14 seconds later when Jeff Armando cranked a slapshot from the right circle top-shelf to make it 2-1.

New England College was able to tie the game early in the second period when Alex Muse batted home a rebound 5:18 into the frame. Bowdoin responded with a pair of outstanding bids to take the lead – one off the stick of Toczylowski and another by Jordan Lalor, but Harvey made two excellent stops to keep the game deadlocked. Bowdoin regained the lead shortly before the end of the period off a faceoff in the NEC zone.

Lalor snapped a shot past Harvey at 17:30 to make it 3-2 after two frames.

The Polar Bears gained their first power play of the game early in the third period on a 5×3 chance. Brendan Reich converted on a one-time feed from Daniel Weiniger to give the hosts a two-goal advantage 6:22 into the frame. During a 4×4 situation later in the frame, Blossom notched his second of the game on a slapshot from the blue line to up the edge to three goals with less than 12 minutes to play. In all, the Polar Bears dominated the final stanza, holding an 11-3 edge in shots for the frame.

Ryan Blossom led all scorers with two goals on Senior Day for the Polar Bears. Chris Rossi closed out a near-perfect regular season (12-0-1) by making 21 stops between the pipes for Bowdoin. Harvey ended with 33 saves for the Pilgrims.

(Courtesy of Bowdoin College)

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