Middlebury and Bowdoin battled to a 2-2 tie in the opening game of the season for both teams in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers return to action on Sunday when they host Colby at 4:00 p.m., while the seventh-ranked Polar Bears will visit Williams. Middlebury ended the game with a 36-24 shots advantage.
Bowdoin took a 1-0 lead 12:17 into the first period with a transition goal. Chris Fenwick’s original shot driving to the goal from the left wing was saved by Mike Peters (22 saves), but the rebound came right to Kendall Culbertson who finished with the first of his career. Middlebury nearly tied the game at the 15:53 mark, but Jake Charles’ tip of a Max Greenwald blast was saved by Max Fenkell (34 saves).
Middlebury tied the game 2:09 into the second period when Greenwald centered a pass from the left boards to Derek Pimentel, who scored from the slot. The Panthers took the lead later in the period with a power play goal at the 14:56 mark. After taking a feed from Charles, Connor Frick broke in on the left wing and scored with a shot to the top right corner of the net.
A series of penalties in the third left each team with a brief five-on-three power play, including 12 seconds of three-on-three action. The Polar Bears eventually netted the equalizer 12:44 into the period with a nifty backhanded move cutting to the slot from John McGinnis.
The Panthers controlled the overtime period, but could not find the back of the net despite outshooting their opponents, 6-1. Louis Belisle nearly won the game breaking to the goal but had his shot saved by Fenkell, as a follow-up shot from Matt Silcoff went just wide. A minute later, Brendan McGovern’s shot from the outside was stopped with a pad save, as a flurry ensued ending with Fenkell covering the puck.