Hockey Falls at Bowdoin in NCAA Championships, 5-2

BRUNSWICK, ME –Kyle Lockwood broke a 2-2 tie when he scored a power play goal at 19:35 of the second period, and host and fifth-ranked Bowdoin went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team, 5-2,  in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championships at Sidney J. Watson Arena Wednesday evening.

Lockwood's goal came on the final shot of the second period and gave the Polar Bears a lead that they would not relinquish.

UMass Dartmouth had twice come from behind to tie the score.

Freshman forward Evangelos Stefanou (Tabernacle, NJ/East Coast Eagles-EJHL) had put UMass Dartmouth on the board when he flipped home the rebound of a shot by freshman defenseman John Sartell (Wakefield, MA/Bridgton Academy) at 6:19 of the second period. Senior forward William Colclough (Naples, FL/Peoria Mustangs-CSHL) also assisted.

Dylan Shamburger scored on the rebound of a shot by Jay Livermore to put Bowdoin ahead, 2-1, at 9:40 of the second period, but Corsairs' freshman forward Casey Skolnik (Ashland, OR/Iron Range Ironheads) tied the score at 2-2 when he scored on a backhander from in front of the net at 14:32. Colclough and Stefanou drew assists.

John McGinnis gave the Polar Bears a 4-2 lead with a shorthanded goal at 1:18 of the third period, and Alexander Milley's goal at 12:07 of the third period capped the scoring.

"We ran into very good and skilled Bowdoin team, and the difference was their two power play goals and their shorthanded goal, and that speaks volumes for the quality of players that they have," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "I can't say enough about the game that (senior goaltender) Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) played in goal for us. We knew coming in that we were probably going to be outshot, and we knew that it could be by a wide margin, but we were in this game well into the third period."

Rolli acknowledged that the Polar Bears' third and fourth goals changed the momentum. "The critical junctures in the game were their power play goal with 25.9 seconds left ion the second period, and their shorthanded goal a minute and 18 seconds into the third period," said Rolli. "Those two goals made a 2-2 game into a 4-2 game and gave us a hole that was a little too deep to climb out against a team as talented as Bowdoin. I'm proud of our effort, we were almost written off in January and came back showed ourselves well in representing the MASCAC and UMass Dartmouth in the national tournament."

Bowdoin outshot UMass Dartmouth, 56-22, including 19-3 in the first period and 41-14 during the first 40 minutes. Senior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) made 51 saves for UMD, while Steve Messina made 20 stops for Bowdoin. The Polar Bears converted on two of their five power play chances and added a shorthanded goal, while the Corsairs were blanked on their four power play chances.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 12-8-7 with the defeat, while Bowdoin improved to 24-2-2 with the victory. The Polar Bears advanced to a quarter-final game at Utica Saturday night, while the game was the final action of the season for UMass Dartmouth.

                                                            UMASS DARTMOUTH HOCKEY