Men's hockey still undefeated
It's difficult to remain objective when talking about the
men's hockey team this week. The Bears (13-0-3, 10-0-3 NESCAC) are cleaning
up the league this season, and currently siting at #4 in national Division
III rankings as the only undefeated team in ANY division of college hockey.
The men have remained unbeaten in all 16 games they've played
this season. Bowdoin record books haven't ever seen this kind of success-and
men's hockey has been a varsity sport since 1919.
Tonight, the Bears will attempt to extend this successes
against Norwich, a team that promises to bring some stiff competition.
However, head coach Terry Meagher refused to make more of
Norwich's #2 spot in the national rankings than he usually would. "I
think that every game is big," he said. "We're still taking
it one practice, one game at a time."
OK, all right, fine. No need to get excited here, one game
at a time.
The men visited Trinity last Friday, and came away with
a 2-1 win after a tight matchup. "I'm very proud of our team and
how we played that game," Meagher said. "We saw some adversity,
but were patient and poised during those times."
Senior Bill Busch found the back of the Bantam net at 12:36
in the first period. He was followed by junior Albert Mayer's goal at
8:34 in the second, and the Bowdoin lead stood at 2-0 until Trinity's
Thomas Pierandi netted one, bringing the total to 2-1.
"Trinity was not only crucial, but it was a very good
game," Meagher said. "To be tested this time of the year is
A trip to Wesleyan on Saturday ended in Bear victory as
well, this time by a much larger margin. However, Meagher said that the
11-1 final score didn't quite reflect the game's early dynamics.
"It was a very good game in the first period; it could
have gone either way," he said. "After a while, it started to
go for us and we got into the rhythm of the game."
Senior captain Mike Carosi and sophomore Chris Pelletier
each had a goal and three assists, and a number of other Bowdoin players
contributed to the 11-1 score. Healey and Dave Sandals '05 combined to
make 23 saves for the Bears.
Junior Brian Shuman was selected as NESCAC Player of the
Week after his defensive and offensive efforts over the weekend, which
included two goals and two assists at Wesleyan.
Several factors seem to be tipping the scales in Bowdoin's
favor against recent opponents like Williams, Trinity, and Wesleyan. Offensive
production, a part of the game that the men have struggled with in past
years, was cited by Meagher early on in the season as important to the
team's development. According to him, the men have improved in this area.
Meagher also said that predictions about the Bowdoin defense
have proved true. "The defense was cited as the strength of our team
going into the season, and they've certainly lived up to that," he
said. "Collectively, everyone's game has improved."
As the Bears' last line of defense, sophomore goaltender
Mike Healey has been steady in net all season. "Mike's playing a
very quiet goal; he settles the team," Meagher said. "In any
goal sport, you've got to have that kind of play. [The men] enjoy playing
in front of him; they believe in him."
Meagher said that he was looking forward to tonight's 7:00
p.m. matchup with Norwich. "They're special in a way, because there
are some programs that Bowdoin has connected with over the years, and
they're definitely one of them," he said.
St. Michael's College, a new member of the Bears' league,
visits Dayton tomorrow for an afternoon game. According to Meagher, they
may bring some tough play as well. "They're very well-coached, very
strong in goal, and they have some impressive wins in their results,"
One thing the men seem to be looking forward to is the chance
to play at home for the first time in a long while. "We're home in
front of the student body for the first time since December 1, so that's
exciting," Meagher said.