After winning the last two games of its regular season on the road, the men's ice hockey team will play in the NESCAC Quarterfinals tomorrow against No. 7 seeded Trinity. The Polar Bears (15-5-3, 12-3-3 NESCAC) handled No. 4 Tufts on Friday 9-2, and then held on to beat Connecticut College 6-4 the following day. Bowdoin is now 12-2-2 in its last 16 games.
This road weekend capped a terrific regular season for the squad, which finished second in the NESCAC standings behind Amherst (20-3-1, 17-1-0 NESCAC).
Bowdoin controlled the game in the first period against Tufts, scoring four goals within 10 minutes and limiting the Jumbos to only eight shots on goal. After bringing the score to 8-2 in the second period, the Polar Bears rode their lead until the final buzzer. The team was led by Jordan Lalor '12, who tallied four assists, and Colin Downey '14, who had a goal and three assists and was named NESCAC Player of the Week. Overall, 15 Bowdoin players scored points.
Connecticut College, fighting for the final NESCAC playoff spot, was playing for higher stakes than Tufts, and came within two goals by the end of the final period. The loss tied them for eighth in the conference with Hamilton, but the Camels lost the tiebreaker because Hamilton finished with a better overall record.
Bowdoin has played Trinity twice this year: the teams tied 4-4 last month, while the Polar Bears beat the Bantams 4-1 two weeks ago.
According to Head Coach Terry Meagher, the team has focused on staying sharp in practices this week, to maintain the style of play that has succeeded thus far.
"They know us," said Meagher when asked about Trinity. "You don't make significant changes in your playing structure. You tweak and you make what adjustments you feel comfortable making relative to how they play and approach the game."
Meagher, who has helmed the team for the past 28 seasons, said he feels well prepared heading into the postseason.
"You do your heavy lifting dealing with the tough January stretch—with injuries, sickness, long dark days, [and] a long season," he said. "You fight through those to get to this opportunity."
-Compiled by Ron Cervantes.