BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team dropped a non-conference tilt against Bowdoin College, falling 5-3 at the Sidney J. Watson Arena. Senior Bryan Green (Weymouth, Mass.) picked up his 50th career point on the Hilltop by scoring twice in the game.
The Hawks slip to 10-10-1 overall while the Polar Bears move to 6-9-2 on the year.
Bowdoin struck first with just 52 seconds elapsed in the game. A faceoff win for the home team was kicked out to Austin Ricci. He found Bradley Ingersoll, who fired a shot from the right point to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks knotted things up at one at the 11:35 mark of the opening period thanks to a tally by Green. Sophomore John Femia (Canton, Mass.) and junior Sean Verrier (Reading, Mass.) added assists on the goal.
However, a power play goal gave the home team a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. Thomas Dunleavy tallied with 16:14 elapsed in the frame to retake the lead for the Polar Bears.
The Polar Bears extended their lead early in the second period as Christian Capello picked up the goal at the 3:22 mark. The home team pressured the Hawks before finally taking a tripping penalty with 12:22 left in the period. Saint Anselm took advantage as Green scored his second goal of the night at the 10:02 mark to make it a one-goal game.
However, Bowdoin regained a two-goal margin at the 15:29 mark of the second period on a tally by Cody Todesco and skated to a 4-2 advantage heading into the second intermission.
Saint Anselm put one shot on net in the opening two minutes of the final stanza but it was the Polar Bears that went ahead 5-2 with 7:41 elapsed, thanks to a goal by Albert Washco.
Verrier cut into the lead for the Hawks with 5:04 remaining in the game. Saint Anselm tried to get back into the contest, firing seven shots on net before the final horn. However, Polar Bears netminder Erik Wurman kept the puck out of the net to hold on for the win.
Bowdoin outshot the Hawks, 31-23, but the visitors had a 13-7 advantage in the third period. Senior netminder Colin Soucy (North Andover, Mass.) finished the game with 26 saves in net while Wurman stopped 20 shots. Saint Anselm did convert on the power play twice.
Saint Anselm returns to Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Easton, Mass. to take on the Skyhawks from Stonehill College. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p .m. at the Foxboro Sports Center.