Bowdoin scored two goals in a span of 3:36 during the second period, before holding on for a 2-1 victory over the Middlebury men's hockey team Saturday in Maine. The Panthers (4-12-0, 2-8-0) return to the ice Friday at home against Connecticut College at 7:00 p.m.
In the opening 20 minutes, the Panthers held a 13-10 edge in shots and erased three Bowdoin power-play play opportunities. Middlebury's best chance to grab the lead came with five minutes remaining when Danny Tighe rang a shot off the cross bar.
The Polar Bears opened the scoring at the 5:06 mark of the second stanza, on a power-play tally by Cody Tedesco from between the circles. The hosts doubled their lead minutes later, as Todesco centered a pass from the right boards to set up Ronnie Lestan for his third goal of the season.
Middlebury closed the margin to 2-1 with 12:12 on the clock, as Mitchell Allen broke into the Bowdoin zone along the boards and found Owen Powers on the edge of the circle for a shorthanded goal. It was Powers' team-leading fifth tally of the season. The Panthers pulled goalie Stephen Klein for an extra attacker for the final 1:28, but were unable to get the equalizer and force overtime.
Klein finished with 32 saves, while Erik Wurman made 33 stops for the hosts. Each team had 34 shots on goal, while the Polar Bears were 1-4 on the power play and Middlebury was scoreless in one opportunity.