Sean Ellis '07
Senior defender Brandon Zangel scored a goal in the NESCAC Semifinal loss.

Third-Period Flurry Not Enough as Men's Hockey Falls to Bowdoin in NESCAC Semifinals

From a Bowdoin College Release

March 3, 2007

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's ice hockey team advanced to NESCAC Championship game for the third straight season with a 6-3 victory over Amherst in the first semifinal match-up on Saturday afternoon. The top-seeded Polar Bears (16-6-3) will face the winner of the Middlebury-Colby semifinal game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Amherst finishes their year with a record of 14-10-1.

Bowdoin had the first great chance of Saturday's game, as a turnover in the Amherst zone led to a nice back-door feed to Colin Hughes. Hughes' one-timer sailed wide, however, keeping the game scoress. The Polar Bears earned the first powerplay chance of the day later in the opening frame, and took advantage when Mike Corbelle put home a rebound off the pads of Amherst's A.J. Scola (Holden, MA) to grab a one-goal lead at 11:43. A flurry of action capped the period, as Will Reycraft ripped a shot for Bowdoin that Scola knocked aside, setting up a transtition chance for Amherst's Brandon Zangel (Highlands Ranch, CO), who wristed a chance that was swept aside by Bowdoin's Chris Rossi, maintaining the Polar Bears 1-0 lead after one period.

Bowdoin increased their lead just 14 seconds into the second period, as Bryan Ciborowski controlled a loose puck in front of the Amherst goal and knocked it home to give the Polar Bears a two-goal edge. Bowdoin continued to control the pace of play, and at 3:26, Tim McVaugh took a rebound off the boards and slapped home the puck past Scola to push the Polar Bear lead to three goals. The Jeffs earned three consecutive powerplay chances midway through the frame, the second of which resulted in a 5x3 situation. Amherst was able to cash in at 12:10, as a shot from the point was redirected in front by Jeff Landers and past Rossi to make it 3-1. The Polar Bears got the goal back with just 2:24 remaining in the period, as Ryan Blossom gathered a loose puck and ripped a shot from the top of the circle that got through Scola to give Bowdoin a 4-1 lead after forty minutes of play.

The Jeffs were able to cut into the Bowdoin lead with 12 minutes on the clock, as Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, ON) ripped a shot from the right face-off circle that slipped through the pads of Rossi to make it 4-2. Amherst had a incredble chance to cut into the lead even further as Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) broke in all alone on a shorthanded chance with under ten minutes to go, but the Jeffs' senior captain rang a wrist-shot off the post to keep it a two-goal contest. Amherst carried the momentum for the next few minutes and were able to draw within one goal with under seven minutes to play. Olumfemi Amurawaiye (Whitby, ON) redirected a wide shot behind Rossi to make it a 4-3 game at 13:08.

The Jeffs drew a penalty with under five minutes on the clock, but Bowdoin allowed only one shot on the kill to keep their one-goal advantage. Right after the penalty, Mike Westerman took control of a puck at center ice, skated in all alone on Scola, deked out the netminder and backhanded it into the net to seal the victory with two minutes to go. Ryan Blossom added an empty-netter with 16 ticks left to close out the game for the Polar Bears.