Bowdoin outscored Middlebury 11-3 in the middle two quarters, on its way to a 17-8 win Saturday afternoon at Whittier Field. The Polar Bears have won four-straight overall and improve to 4-2 and 2-2 in the NESCAC with the victory. The Panthers fall to 3-3 and 1-3 NESCAC in league play with the setback. Middlebury returns to action on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with a road game at No. 9 Denison.
The teams were tied 4-4 after the opening 15 minutes before Bowdoin took control of the contest with an 11-2 run over the second and third quarters. A.J. Kucinski scored a pair of first-period goals for Middlebury, while the Polar Bears featured four different scorers to deadlock the contest after the opening stanza.
The teams traded goals to open the second quarter, before Bowdoin's Brett Kuila sparked a 4-0 run to end the half. Nick Conway tallied a pair of goals during the run, giving the hosts a 9-5 edge at the break.
Bowdoin continued to roll in the third quarter, opening the frame on a 6-1 run to put the contest out of reach. Six different Polar Bears scored in the surge, giving Bowdoin a 15-7 lead after three periods en route to the 17-8 win.
Kuila keyed the Bowdoin offense with a four-goal effort, while Shawn Daly added two goals and three assists. Jimmy Young had a goal and three helpers for the Polar Bears, while Nick Conway added two goals and two assists.
Sam Carlin was outstanding on the faceoff dot for Bowdoin, winning 19-25 on the day. John Young made 13 saves in the Polar Bear net, allowing eight goals in 57:33 before giving way to Jack O'Connor, who made one stop over the final 2:27.