#14 Bowdoin College 6, Connecticut College 4
Curran Scores Twice in Final Home Game for Camels
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Bowdoin College Polar Bears built a 3-1 first period advantage and went on to defeat Connecticut College 6-4 at Dayton Arena Saturday. The visitors are surging as they head into championship season having out-scored their opponents by a count of 25-to-11 during their current four-game winning streak.
The Polar Bears, ranked #14 in the nation, improve their record to 15-5-3 and 12-3-3 in NESCAC play. The Camels fall to 6-15-3 with a 4-12-2 mark in conference action.
Sophomore forwards Ollie Koo (Greenwich, Conn.) and Harry Matheson (Kingston, Ontario) both had a goal and two assists to lead the visitors. Colin Downey (East Sandwich, Mass.),
Jordan Lalor (Needham, Mass.) and Timothy McGarry (Kennett Square, Pa.) all finished with one goal and one assist for Bowdoin.
Sophomore net-minder Steve Messina (Newton, N.J.) stopped 21 shots en route to the victory.
Connecticut College senior Sean Curran (Wilmette, Ill.) scored twice in his final home game for the Camels. Julien Boutet (Amos, Quebec) contributed a goal and an assist for the hosts. J.J. McGregor (Wichita, Kan.) potted his seventh goal of the season for the Camels.
Andrew Margolin (Mahwah, N.J.) made 28 saves in the setback for the Camels.
The Polar Bears took a 3-1 lead with 4:28 remaining in the opening period. Colin Downey made a wraparound move to draw the Camel defense in tight and assisted Timothy McGarry for a one-timer from the high slot. Bowdoin held a 10-to-6 advantage on shots to carry the 3-1 advantage into the first intermission.
In the middle period, the Camels closed the gap to 3-2 with a shorthanded goal. Dawson Luke (Wellesley, Mass.) led Boutet in for a one-on-one situation and the senior forward went to his backhand for his 21st career marker. However, Bowdoin responded just 31 seconds later as Ollie Koo buried his ninth goal of the season on the power play. But the hosts got one back with 8:48 remaining in the second. Michael Doyle (Merrimac, Mass.) dished the puck off to J.J. McGregor and the senior went top shelf at the near post for his 22nd collegiate goal.
Bowdoin held a slim 11-to-10 shot advantage in the second period and carried the 4-3 lead into the second intermission.
With 11:46 remaining in regulation, Colin Downey made it a 5-3 game with the goal that proved to be the difference. Koo and Matheson assisted. Mattheson added an empty netter with 1:56 remaining to put Bowdoin on top 6-3. Curran got one back for the Camels with 47 seconds left but it was not enough and the visitors prevailed with the 6-4 final.
February 18, 2012