Helmets and pucks return to Dayton rink
The Bowdoin Men's Ice Hockey Team will make its debut against New England College at 7:00 p.m. in Dayton Arena tonight.
The 27-member team has been working at improving its game since Midnight Madness on November 1st. The team is ranked eighth this year with Middlebury College being the only other NESCAC school to make the top 15. Middlebury finds itself fifth in Division III college hockey.
Coach Terry Meagher is entering his 21st season as head coach. He has led Bowdoin to a remarkable 327-156-31 record. In his tenure as coach, the Polar Bears have made eight appearances in the championship game of the ECAC East Tournament, winning two titles (1986, 1993).
Meagher hopes to lead this youthful team with only six seniors to another successful season. Seniors Michael Stevens and Michael Healey serve as captains this year. Healey, the goalie for the Polar Bears, is ranked fifth among NESCAC goalies. In the 2002-03 season, Healey played 1095:46 minutes of game time, having a .897 record for saves.
The Polar Bears look to start this season off successfully against New England College tonight and then St. Anselm College tomorrow. Last year, Bowdoin beat NEC 7-3 and St. Anselm 4-3 in overtime.
The Bowdoin-Colby rivalry will continue on December 2 when the men play in Waterville. The game will definitely prove to be exciting, since Bowdoin both defeated and lost to Colby last year. The Polar Bears are looking forward to seeing who will step in to the leading scorer position.
This season should be an exciting one and the beginning of excellent seasons to come. With underclassmen making up over half the team, Bowdoin will have time to develop into a stronger team than its already is.
The team will play 24 games in the regulation season. Go out and show your support to our nationally ranked team.
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