Nov. 22, 2008
BRUNSWICK, ME - The Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team netted a pair of power play goals in the final nine minutes of regulation to gain a 3-3 overtime tie with visiting University of Massachusetts Boston today in an ECAC East/New England Small College Athletic Conference contest in Brunswick, ME. The tie snaps a nine-game losing streak to the Polar Bears for the Beacons, dating back to February 19, 1999 when they defeated them, 6-1, in Boston. UMB is now 0-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league play, while Bowdoin is 1-0-1 and 1-0-1.
Sophomore defenseman Kyle Shearer-Hardy (Montreal, QUE) netted the final two goals of the contest for his first and second of the season for the Polar Bears. Junior forward Colin MacCormack (Bedford, NS) found him at 11:54 for the first one and combined with freshman forward Graham Sisson (Chesterfield, MO) to feed him for the game-tying score with 4:35 left in the third period to make it 3-3.
UMass Boston sophomore forward Matt Atsoff (Macomb, MI) opened the afternoon's scoring with his second tally of the season coming on the power play on an assist from sophomore forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) and freshman defenseman Brian Marks (Bownville, NY) just 3:34 into the first period for a 1-0 lead. Bowdoin came right back on its own power play to tie it at 1-1 when Shearer-Hardy and freshman forward Thomas DiDonato (Gibsonia, PA) combined to set up Sisson with his first collegiate goal at 6:41 of the opening session.
Freshman forward Dan Styrna (Vancouver, BC) registered his first collegiate goal for the Beacons when sophomore forward Vinnie Jacona (East Stroudsburg, PA) and senior forward Jacob Cline (Atlanta, GA) combined on a helper at the 9:35 mark of the second period for a 2-1 edge, before sophomore forward Zach Barron (Saint Louis, MO) and freshman forward Bryan Albert (Redlands, CA) connected with freshman blueliner Wayne Sands (Chalfant, PA) for his first collegiate goal with just 48 seconds left in the second period for a 3-1 UMB lead.
Junior goaltender Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) stopped 39 shots for the Beacons, including six in overtime, while freshman goalie Richard Nerland (Calgary, ALB) made 27 saves for the Polar Bears.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, November 25 in its home opener vs. Framingham State College at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while Bowdoin faces Salve Regina University on November 28 in the first round of the Bowdoin/Colby Faceoff tournament at 2:30 p.m.