BRUNSWICK, ME -- The Williams College Ephs (10-5-0, 6-3-0 NESCAC) were defeated by the Bowdoin College Polar Bears (5-11-0, 3-8-0 NESCAC) 4-1 tonight in Polar Bear territory. Bowdoin scored two power play goals in the second period to solidify the victory.
"Bowdoin played a strong game tonight," stated Williams head coach Mike Monti. "It's just a reminder for us that every NESCAC game is a battle, and we have to be ready every night."
In net for the Ephs tonight was senior Stephen Morrissey. Morrissey came into the match with a save percentage of .922. Morrissey made 36 saves on the night. In between the pipes for the Polar Bears was junior Erik Wurman, who came into the match with a save percentage of .914. Wurman made 22 saves in the match.
Bowdoin got on the board first in the contest, with senior Matthew Lison (third goal) converting on a play assisted by Thomas Dunleavy (second assist). This brought the game to 1-0 at 2:58 of the first period.
The Ephs responded minutes later, at 6:08, with junior Roberto Cellini cashing in on his seventh goal of the season. Cellini was assisted by senior Joe Welch (eighth assist) on the play. This brought the score to 1-1 after the first period of play.
Shots after the first period of play were 13-10 for Williams.
The two goals scored in the second play came from the Polar Bear special teams unit. The first goal came at 6:02, with Matthew Lison contributing his second goal of the game. Lison was assisted by junior Cody Todesco (seventh assist) and senior Daniel McMullan (fifth assist). This gave Bowdoin the lead once again.
This goal came on a power play opportunity after freshman Jack McCool was called to the box for roughing at 5:01.
The next power play opportunity game for the Polar Bears at 13:13 after Max Fuld was given a two minute minor for tripping. Bowdoin converted on this opportunity as well, and at 13:24, on an unassisted effort, freshman Bradley Ingersoll (fifth assist). This brought the score to 3-1 headed into the final twenty minutes of play.
Shot count in the second period was 18-6 in favor of the Polar Bears.
The Polar Bears solidified their victory late in the third period, adding one more goal to their total at 16:09. Senior Camil Blanchet brought the score to 4-1, scoring his first goal of the season.
"I felt tonight, we never got into a good rhythm," admitted Monti. "We worked hard, but couldn't get consistent pressure going against Bowdoin, which lead to a lot of their zone time. The two power play goals against us gave them the upper hand."
The game ended with a score of 4-1 for the Polar Bears. Shot count ended up at 40-23 for the Polar Bears, Williams only getting four shots on goal in the third period.
This ended the five game win streak Williams had accrued. The victory for Bowdoin marked their first win in seven games.
"Right now, the team has shifted its mindset into playing Colby tomorrow," commented Monti. "Another tough opponent, we have to be ready for puck drop."
The Polar Bears face Middlebury tomorrow at home at 4:00PM. The Ephs face Colby tomorrow on the road at 3:00PM.