Sidney J. Watson Arena is festooned with an extensive collection of banners celebrating the accomplishments of Bowdoin hockey teams past. However, the year 2018-2019 will not be appearing on any of these decorations. For the first time in 18 years, both the Bowdoin men’s and women’s hockey teams failed to reach the NESCAC playoffs.
If you noticed something different at the Bowdoin-Colby hockey game last weekend, it was probably a live rendition of “Sweet Caroline” or “The Middle” between periods, provided by the new Bowdoin Pep Band. The Pep Band was officially charted by Student Activities last fall, but it is not altogether new to Bowdoin sports culture.
This Saturday the men’s hockey team (6-9-2, 3-7-1 NESCAC) will battle rival Colby (6-7-3, 3-6-2 NESCAC). It is the 212th meeting of the teams. The rivalry kicked off in 1922, when the Mules beat the Polar Bears 2-1 in the teams’ first ever matchup.
Leaving behind a disappointing 2017-18 season, the Bowdoin men’s ice hockey team will open the season with home games against Williams and Middlebury tonight and tomorrow afternoon, respectively. The team is feeling optimistic, says Head Coach, Jamie Dumont.
For the first time in league history, the men’s hockey team has not made it to the first round of the NESCAC tournament. In a final grab for ranking points last weekend, the men’s hockey team was defeated by Tufts and Connecticut College, dropping the team to ninth in the NESCAC and effectively eliminating the Polar Bears from the tournament.
Men’s hockey had two exciting games this past weekend, coming back from a deficit on Saturday to beat Wesleyan, ranked top five in the NESCAC, 4-3, but losing to number one ranked team in the league Trinity College 4-3 in overtime on Sunday.
Men’s hockey (7-11-0, NESCAC 4-8-0) had a successful weekend, coming away with two conference wins over Williams (10-6-0, NESCAC 6-4-0) and Middlebury (4-12-0, NESCAC 2-8-0). The Polar Bears followed this with a 2-0 home victory against the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday.
The men’s hockey team (2-3-0, 1-1 NESCAC) will face long-time rival, Colby College (2-2, 1-1 NESCAC) in a two-game series this weekend. The team will play its 209th game against the Mules on Friday night at Colby, followed by the 210th face-off between the two teams at Sidney Watson Arena on Saturday.