|Bowdoin College||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Five different players scored goals as the University of Southern Maine Huskies built a 4-0 lead, then held off the Bowdoin College Polar Bears for a 5-3 non-conference win Tuesday evening at the USM Ice Arena.
The win gave the Huskies a split of the teams’ home-and-home, regular-season series, and improved their record to 8-11-2 overall. The Polar Bears, who blanked the Huskies 3-0 in December, dropped their third straight game sliding to 7-11-0 overall.
Southern Maine had the edge in the first period opening up a 3-0 lead. Rookie Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) put the Huskies up 1-0 at 4:57 finishing a feed from junior Alex Pantalone (Hudson, Mass.). Classmate Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska) converted a pass from rookie Sasha Makarov (Indian Trail, N.C.) into a power-play goal and a 2-0 lead at 6:47. Senior Cole Klippenstein (Franklin, Tenn.) made it 3-0 with 18 seconds to play in the period depositing a pass from rookie Brendan Murphy (St. Peters, Mo.) into the net.
The Huskies increased their lead to 4-0 at 14:59 of the second period when junior Patrick Magliano (Pelham, N.H.) scored his first goal of the season on a shot from the left-wing circle.
Bowdoin went on the power play at 17:15 and needed just 13 seconds to score its first goal. Junior Matthew Lison (Venetia, Penn.) redirected a shot from senior Brendan Conroy (Batavia, Ill.) past USM rookie goalie Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec).
Senior Matt Sullivan (Duxbury, Mass.) got the Polar Bears second goal just seven seconds later poking home the rebound of a high shot over the net by sophomore Bradley Potter (Freeport, Maine). Potter’s high shot caromed off the glass coming out to the right of Léger where Sullivan took advantage of the opportunity.
Bowdoin scored its third goal in a span of 1:34 when senior Joseph Lace (Pascoag, R.I.) poked in a rebound at 19:02 making it 4-3.
Southern Maine regrouped in the third period to protect its one-goal lead, limiting Bowdoin to six shots on goal. USM rookie Tristan Dundas (Abbotsford, B.C.) put the game away with a shot from his own zone for short-handed, empty-net goal with 25 seconds left to play.
Léger earned his second win of the season stopping 22 shots. At the other end, senior Mark Schiller (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) made 25 saves before being lifted for the extra skater with 1:29 to play.