After 52 Years, Polar Bears Close Dayton in Style
Jan. 15, 2009
Courtesy of Bowdoin College
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College and Hamilton College women's ice hockey teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first-ever game at Sidney J.
Watson Arena on Sunday. The Polar Bears move to 3-6-1 this season while the Continentals stand at 5-7-2 this year.
After Bowdoin opened the game with an 8-2 shot advantage, Hamilton's Stephanie Miguel scored the first goal in the history of Watson at 8:18 of the first period, backhanding a loose puck top-shelf to give the Continentals a one-goal lead. Bowdoin's best attempt to tie the game came on the powerplay late in the second period, when a rebound came to the waiting stick of Scooter Walsh, whose put-back attempt sailed wide of an open cage.
Bowdoin evened the score late in the second frame as Katie Herter collected the puck in the neutral zone and carried it down ice. The first-year's initial shot was saved by Hamilton's Meg Shine, but Herter pounced on the rebound to tie the game at 15:40.
The game remained tied deep into the third period, despite the Continentals having a great shorthanded chance with seven minutes to go.
Kathryn Kroleski broke in alone on Bowdoin's Sage Santangelo and wristed a chance that the Polar Bear netminder kicked aside to keep the game deadlocked.
McNamara had a chance to win the game in overtime, just 51 seconds into the period. But the senior's wrister from the left circle hit the post and sailed high. With under a minute to play, Maria Nicolais and Kate Pokrass each had chances in close for the Polar Bears, but Shine stopped each chance to seal the tie.
Shine stopped 33 shots for Hamilton while Santangelo made 17 saves for the Polar Bears.
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BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin sophomore Kyle Shearer-Hardy scored four goals to lead the Polar Bears to an 8-3 victory over Williams in the inaugural men's ice hockey game at Sidney J. Watson Arena on Sunday evening. The Polar Bears snap a four-game losing skid and improve to
7-5-1 as Williams falls to 7-4-2 before a sellout crowd of 2,400 fans.
Shearer-Hardy got Bowdoin on the board 9:13 with a tremendous individual effort to score the first men's goal in Watson Arena history.
Shearer-Hardy stole the puck from Williams defender Ryan Scott behind the Ephs goal, circled the net and wristed a shot to the top corner for a 1-0 Polar Bear lead. Bowdoin's powerplay unit double the lead late in the period, as Shearer-Hardy pounced on a rebound off a Graham Sisson shot with 4:53 left in the frame. The Ephs replied with a powerplay goal of their own with 1:31 left before intermission. Brian Malchoff received a pass from Andrew Lepore and snapped a perfectly-placed shot into the top-right corner to cut Bowdoin's lead to 2-1 after one intermission.
A flurry of action highlighted the second period. Aaron O'Callahan banged home a rebound just 2:14 into the second period to give the hosts a 3-1 advantage. Williams replied later in the stanza with a shorthanded tally with 7:33 remaining in the period as Matt Dreiheim finished off a breakaway goal to close the gap to 3-2. Bowdoin answered just 1:03 later as Graham Sisson redirected a Brendan Reich slapshot to make it 4-2. But Williams replied 47 seconds later as Matt Masucci deposited a shot from the wing, trimming the Polar Bear advantage to 4-3 after forty minutes.
Shearer-Hardy put the game out of reach for Bowdoin in the third stanza.
Ryan Blossom stole the puck behind the Williams net and slipped a perfect pass in front to Shearer-Hardy to complete the hat trick.
Shearer-Hardy netted his fourth goal of the contest just 54 seconds later to improve the lead to 6-3. Ryan Blossom sealed the win with 3:55 remaining as he knocked home a rebound off his own shot. Colin MacCormack poked home a loose puck with 2:12 left to make it an 8-3 final.
Marc Pulde earned 26 saves for Williams. Bowdoin's Richard Nerland collected 25 stops for the Polar Bears.
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BRUNSWICK, Maine - First-year Dominique Lozzi scored two goals to lead the Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team to a victory in the final game at Dayton Arena, 3-0, over Wesleyan University on Saturday. The Polar Bears improve to 3-7-0 (1-5-0 NESCAC) while the Cardinals fall to 2-10-1 (1-5-1 NESCAC).
The Bowdoin women's ice hockey team closes Dayton with an all-time mark of 159-73-15 in the venerable arena. All-time, the Polar Bear varsity ice hockey teams posted a mark of 517 wins, 213 losses and 38 ties in 52 seasons at the arena.
Bowdoin dominated the opening period, holding a 19-4 shot advantage, but couldn't push the puck past Wesleyan netminder Rachel Sternerman. After continuing to control the pace of play in the second frame, Bowdoin took advantage on the powerplay midway through the stanza. Dominique Lozzi took a feed from Lindsay McNamara in front of the cage, circled and wristed the puck past Sternerman for a 1-0 Bowdoin lead at 11:01.
Lozzi gave Bowdoin a much-needed insurance tally in the third period, collecting a loose puck in the neutral zone and beating Sternerman one-on-one at 9:03. Minutes later, Jill Campbell slapped a shot that rebounded off Sternerman's pads to the waiting stick of Lindsay McNamara, who banged home the loose puck for a 3-0 lead with 6:05 remaining.
Sage Santangelo posted Bowdoin's first shutout victory with 12 saves. Sternerman ended with 43 stops for Wesleyan.
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BRUNSWICK, Maine - Middlebury defeated Bowdoin in the final men's ice hockey contest at Dayton Arena on Friday, 5-2. The Panthers improve to 9-2-1 as Bowdoin drops their fourth-straight contest and dips to 6-5-1.
The Polar Bears close Dayton Arena with an all-time record of 358 wins, 140 losses and 23 ties dating back to 1956.
Middlebury controlled the early play and got on the board first, as Michael Kretschmer rifled a shot from the point that was redirected in front of the cage by Ian Drummond to give the visitors a 1-0 lead just 4:59 into the contest. Richard Nerland swept aside the other 11 chances he faced in the opening stanza, however, as Middlebury carried their one-goal advantage into the second frame.
A powerplay chance resulted in the Panthers doubling their lead early in the second period. Charlie Strauss finished off a series of nice passes to give Middlebury a 2-0 advantage just 36 seconds into the frame. The Panthers continued their offensive pressure and finished off an odd-man rush when Strauss banged home a rebound at 4:01.
Bowdoin's first powerplay of the game resulted in their first score, as Mike Corbelle deposited a rebound off a shot by Graham Sisson at 11:52 to close the gap to 3-1 after forty minutes. The Polar Bears continued to chip away at the Middlebury lead after controlling the first ten minutes of the third stanza. Mike Corbelle cut loose into a slapshot from the blue line that was deflected in front by Sisson and past Middlebury's John Yanchek to make it 3-2 with 9:38 remaining.
Bowdoin continued to press, but a dump-in by Middlebury led to a bouncing puck which came to the stick of John Sullivan, who deposited it top-shelf to give the Panthers a 4-2 lead with under three minutes to play. The Panthers iced the game just moments later, as an odd-man rush saw Ken Suchoski feed Mason Graddock to make it 5-2 with 2:15 left.
Yanchek stopped 26 shots for Middlebury. Nerland finished with 31 saves for Bowdoin. Dayton Arena opened on December 1, 1956 with a 9-0 loss to Middlebury College.
BRUNSWICK, Maine - After 52 seasons, Dayton Arena will take a final bow this Friday and Saturday, January 16-17, as Bowdoin ushers in a new era with the opening of Sidney J. Watson Arena on Sunday, January 18. Four hockey games will highlight a weekend full of activities, celebrating the school's rich hockey heritage. All games, including Sunday's dedication ceremony, will be webcasted live through the Bowdoin Athletics website.
The list of events below is not comprehensive. Additional activities are by special invitation only. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations for additional information.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16
7:00 pm - Men's Hockey vs. Middlebury (Dayton Arena) - LIVESTATS - WEBCAST
(Final men's game at Dayton Arena; Tickets available at the door - $5/$2)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17
11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Public Free Skate (Dayton Arena)
(Bring your own skates)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Hockey Alumni Stick and Puck (Dayton Arena)
(Informal play; please bring helmet)
6:30 pm - Women's Hockey vs. Wesleyan (Dayton Arena) - LIVESTATS - WEBCAST
(Final game at Dayton Arena; Tickets available at the door - $5/$2)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 18
(All events scheduled for Sunday, January 18 are sold out)
2:00 pm - Women's Hockey vs. Hamilton (Watson Arena) - LIVESTATS - WEBCAST
4:00 pm - Sidney J. Watson Arena Dedication Ceremony - WEBCAST
5:00 pm - Men's Hockey vs. Williams (Watson Arena) - LIVESTATS - WEBCAST