goes down in flames
ALISON MCCONNELL, STAFF WRITER
Dayton Arena echoed with drumbeats, cheers, and chants
(some directed at a particular yellow tank top-wearing Colby fan) last
Tuesday, as the men's hockey team buried Colby's White Mules in a rousing
"It was great to see the school out to support us,"
Head Coach Terry Meagher said. "It was a fun and wild night, and a big
win for Bowdoin College."
Five different Bowdoin forwards scored in the matchup,
backed by some excellent defense. Junior Brian Shuman received the Peter
Schuh trophy, which recognized the game's most valuable player for his
first-rate defense. The Schuh is given every year to the Bowdoin/Colby
Meagher cited his two captain's defensive contributions
and leadership as well. Captain Colin Robinson '01 stopped some impressive
shots, making 18 saves for the win. "Colin was quiet and steady in the
goal," Meagher said. "He gave us exactly what we needed."
The crowd clearly appreciated the effort, cheering him
along while providing a bit of criticism for J.D. Hadrias, Colby's goalkeeper.
"The students are so supportive, and the class they showed in the manner
in which they did so was very much appreciated," Meagher said.
"It was great to see how the Bowdoin tradition works,"
added first-year Mike O'Neill. "The crowd was really great."
Assists from Mike Carosi '02 and Albert Mayer '03, junior
Bill Busch started off the Bowdoin scoring with a power play goal five
minutes into the first period. Colby's James LaLiberty answered back 13
minutes later, beating Robinson for the 1-1 tie.
After the break, junior Andy McNerney took a pass from
Busch with 16:28 elapsed in the frame. His shot deflected off Hadrias's
glove for the game's only second-period goal. Momentum picked up from
that point in the game. "We got some goals and the crowd just gets behind
you from there," O'Neill said.
Five minutes into the last frame, senior captain Alex
Tatum's slapshot found Mike O'Leary '01 in front for the third Bowdoin
goal. Marty Brisebois dished out an assist to fellow first-year O'Neill
a minute later, pushing the score to 4-1. Albert Mayer's short-handed
goal, off a pass from O'Leary, found its way into the empty net and sealed
the deal for Bowdoin with three minutes left to play.
Colby managed one final goal with 2:21 remaining in
the game, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit. In the end, the
Bears had fired 33 shots at Hadrias, outpacing Colby's 20 shots.
Meagher was pleased with the matchup's outcome. "We
played a very balanced and confident game, and did very well communicating
as a team," he said.
The Bears went 1-1 last weekend, losing 1-3 to Salem
State and defeating Southern Maine by a margin of 5-3. Dave Rush '02 scored
Bowdoin's only goal in Friday's loss, and Sean Starke '03 put two goals
and an assist on the board in the USM matchup. Robinson made a combined
47 saves in both games.
O'Neill said that beating Colby made up for the Salem
State loss. "We struggled over the weekend, but now we're getting back
on track," he said. "Hopefully we'll keep it up and get on a roll."
The team is 4-2-1 overall, and 4-1-0 in NESCAC, a record
good for a first-place tie with Trinity. Adam Mantin '03 is currently
tied for 2nd place in NESCAC's goals scored category, and Ryan Seymour
'02 is also tied for 4th place in the points category with seven assists
on the season.
The Bears host the U.S. National Under-18 team tonight
at Dayton for an exhibition game. The U-18 squad consists of national-level
players, most of whom have committed to Division I schools next year.
They took a 3-1 loss to the University of Maine recently, after beating
The team seems to be looking forward to tonight's match.
"We're really excited for the game," Coach Meagher said.
"They aren't playing any other New England teams, and it will be a tough
level of competition."
"I'll take games like this anytime. In playing a national
team such as this, the experience is invaluable. It should be a high-energy
game," he added.
The Bears will be competing in the Salem State
tournament right after Christmas, and have five games before winter break's
end. "The tournament is a great opportunity to play a Boston game, and
since we've got a lot of kids from the North Shore, there will be a lot
of families and alums there," Meagher said.
hockey defeats Colby 5-2. (Colin LeCroy/Bowdoin Orient)