AMHERST, Mass. — Colin Downey netted the game-winning goal with two minutes remaining in the third period to lift sixth-ranked Bowdoin past No. 10 Amherst on Friday at Orr Rink.
The Polar Bears (10-0-1, 6-0-1 NESCAC) rallied from one-goal deficits twice to remain one of only two remaining unbeatens in Division III. The Lord Jeffs (7-4-1, 4-3-0 NESCAC) held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 on goals by Johnny Van Siclen and Mike Moher, but Bowdoin came from behind, with Jay Livermore and Daniel Weiniger scoring second-period equalizers before Downey’s winner.
Amherst wasted little time getting on the board, as Moher won the opening faceoff and found fellow co-captain Brandon Hew on the left point. Hew ripped a hard shot toward the net that was redirected in by Van Siclen for an Amherst goal just 11 seconds into the contest. Moher earned his seventh assist and Hew his second on Van Siclen’s eighth goal of the year. Action was back-and-forth for the remainder of the opening period, with goalies Nathan Corey and Steve Messina each turning in solid saves to keep the count at 1-0.
Bowdoin finally drew even midway through the second, as Livermore converted a Polar Bear power play with a goal from the middle of the attacking third. It was Livermore’s first of the season, with John McGinnis earning his seventh assist on the play.
It took the Jeffs just 2:23 to counter, as Moher picked off an errant Bowdoin power-play pass and took it in for a strong breakaway finish, beating Messina into the upper left netting, his short-handed goal putting Amherst up 2-1. The unassisted strike was Moher’s fourth of the season.
The scoring flurry continued as Bowdoin made a short-handed goal of its own just 2:39 later. A misplaced Jeff pass found Harry Matheson, who fed Weiniger for the finish and his NESCAC-leading 10th goal of the year.
The neck-and-neck battle continued into the third period, with Amherst unable to convert a trio of power plays.
Bowdoin finally broke the deadlock with just 2:05 remaining in regulation, as Corey deflected an Ollie Koo shot from the front right, but the ensuing scrum in front of the net saw Downey flip the puck over the Amherst netminder’s head for the decisive goal. It was Downey’s third goal of the season, while Koo earned his sixth assist and Matheson picked up another helper, his league-leading 10th of the season.