Fourth-ranked Bowdoin avenged one of only two blemishes on its schedule, as the Polar Bears blanked Middlebury 3-0 in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (6-8-2, 4-4-2) previously earned a 4-4 road tie at Bowdoin (15-1-1, 10-1-1) back on November 17th. The Panthers return to action next weekend at Connecticut College and Tufts, while Bowdoin hosts Southern Maine on Tuesday.
Bowdoin took a 1-0 lead just 43 seconds into the game with the eighth of the year from Harry Matheson. Colin Downey made a pass to Matheson on the doorstep, who quickly shifted to his backhand and scored for the 1-0 lead. Middlebury had a chance to tie the game at the 15:00 mark, but Chris Brown was denied by Max Fenkell (38 saves), with a penalty ensuing. The period ended with a 10-5 shots advantage for the Panthers.
The Polar Bears took advantage of a turnover 4:31 into the second period, with the eighth of the year from John McGinnis. After his initial shot was saved by Liam Moorfield-Yee (22 saves), McGinnis gathered the rebound behind the goal and banked in a shot off the skate of the Panther netminder. Bowdoin nearly scored shorthanded at 7:30, but Danny Palumbo’s wrister went high over the goal after a two-on-one with Connor Quinn. Middlebury continued to pressure, including point blank shots from Ben Wiggins and George Ordway that were turned aside by Fenkell. The lead grew to 3-0 with the second of the game from Matheson, this one coming on the power play. Ryan Collier’s shot was stopped, with Matheson pouncing on the rebound and finishing in front.
Neither team found the back of the net in the third period as Bowdoin came away with the shutout victory. Middlebury held a 38-25 shots advantage in the game, going 0-5 on the power play while Bowdoin was 1-5.