Bowdoin (9-6-1, 5-4-1) scored twice in the third period to pick up a 4-2 win over Middlebury on Friday night in Maine. The Panthers (7-8-0, 5-4-0) return to action on Saturday with a 3:00 faceoff at Colby.
The Polar Bears took a 1-0 lead 10:14 into the first period. Bradley Ingersoll intercepted a Middlebury pass in the top of the defensive zone, later leading to a goal by Cam Berube. A minute later, Middlebury nearly tied the game when Bret Pastor fired a one-timer on a crossing pass from the right post that was denied by Bowdoin netminder Alex Zafonte.
The Panthers quickly evened the score 1:21 into the second session. Following a scramble in front of Bowdoin’s net, the puck found its way to Billy Dobensky, who fired a shot from the right point. Just 20 seconds later, Middlebury took a 2-1 lead. Cole Joslin took the puck off the back boards and wrapped around to the left post. Joslin backhanded a pass to the far post for an open-look goal by Danny Tighe.
Bowdoin tied the game 2-2 at the 12:16 mark when Thomas Dunleavy scored on the power play after a rebound.
Michael Brown broke the deadlock with 9:04 remaining in the game. Bobby Pearl made a long breakout pass to Brown, who skated in and scored with a wrister from the right dot to the same side post. On a late period power play, Middlebury nearly tied the game when Owen Powers deflected a shot from the left point, but it rang off the post and careened away. Brown iced the game with an empty-net goal from in front of the Middlebury bench with 52 seconds left off a banked pass from Pearl.
Middlebury held a 31-26 shots advantage in the contest, as Jake Horoho made 22 saves in net. Zafonte finished with 29 stops for the home team.