Nov. 19, 2010
BRUNSWICK, ME - Bowdoin senior co-captain Kyle Shearer-Hardy scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the sixth-ranked men's ice hockey team to a 5-4 win over UMass-Boston in their season-opener Friday night at Sidney J. Watson Arena. The Polar Bears (1-0-0) will host Babson on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. while the Beacons (0-1-0) will travel to Colby.
Bowdoin wasted little time getting on the board as Jordan Lalor ripped a slapshot from above the left faceoff circle top-shelf to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead just 26 seconds into the game. The Polar Bears doubled their lead on the powerplay late in the period, when first-year Kyle Lockwood found classmate Harry Matheson with a nifty back-door feed to make it 2-0 at 15:32.
UMass-Boston rebounded 1:30 into the second period when Bryan Albert knocked home a rebound in front of the crease. The Beacons continued to pressure the net and evened things up midway through the period when Travis Daniel finished off a scrum in front of the cage at 9:05. UMass-Boston took their first lead of the game at 14:47 when Matt Atsoff rapped home a loose puck to give the Beacons a 3-2 advantage. Bowdoin tied it up before the end of the frame when Daniel Weiniger accepted a pass between the circles from Colin Downey and popped a shot over the shoulder of Beacon goaltender Kevin Bendel at 17:07.
Bowdoin took the lead 5:12 into the third stanza when Jeff Fanning banged home a rebound off a Robert Toczylowski shot to give the hosts a 4-3 advantage. With an empty net and under two minutes to play, UMass-Boston found the game-tying goal as a long rebound came to Chris Wilcox above the left circle. Wilcox slapped home the loose puck with 1:30 remaining to force overtime.
Shearer-Hardy netted the game-winner just 2:10 into the overtime, one-timing a pass from Weiniger at the blue line that skipped through traffic and inside the left post to give Bowdoin the win. Richard Nerland made 38 saves in net for the Polar Bears, who went 3-6 on the power play. Bendel ended with 21 stops for the Beacons, who went 1-6 with the extra man and out-shot Bowdoin 42-26.
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