WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- After tying the first game of the season to Colby, Williams  took to the ice for its second game of the 2013-14 campaign against reigning NESCAC champion Bowdoin College.

Junior Alex DeBaere's game-winning breakaway goal midway through the second period proved to be enough for the Ephs to hold on until the final horn to close out with a 5-2 win.

"Bowdoin is a very good hockey team; a team that had handed us one of our few home losses last year," Williams head coach Bill Kangas said. "I thought that we played very well considering it was only our second game of the year; we made big strides of improvement from Game 1 to Game 2. We were a much cleaner team [Sunday] and shot selection was a key component in the win. Finishing up a weekend with three points is always good, we'll take the day off [Monday] and get ready for a tough series next weekend."

James McNamara got the scoring started for Williams in the first period with his first goal of the year 5:12 into the frame. About eight minutes later, Craig Kitto gave Williams a two-goal lead with his first goal of the season.

Despite Williams being on the power play, Harry Matheson scored a goal for Bowdoin to cut its deficit in half. The score remained 2-1 as the teams went into the first break.

DeBaere would provide the winning goal at the 9:09 mark of the second period. Anout four minutes later, Joseph Lace helped the Polar Bears bite into the lead with an unassisted goal.

Williams would get two goals in about a one-minute stretch in the beginning of the third period to provide some breathing room. George Johnson scored a power-play goal at 5:43, and then George Hunkele made it 5-2 in favor of Williams with his first goal of the year.

Sean Dougherty made 25 saves in net for Williams.