The Middlebury men's hockey team ran into some hot goaltending, suffering a 6-0 loss at Bowdoin on the opening night for both teams. Polar Bear goalkeeper Max Fenkell turned away all 20 shots he faced on the night and earned the shutout. The Panthers return to action on Sunday with a 3:00 p.m. game at Colby.
John McGinnis paced the Polar Bears with two goals and as many assists, as well as Matt Sullivan with a pair ofgoals and one helper.
McGinnis scored the first goal just 2:45 into the opening frame. Taking a feed from Matthew Lison behind the net, McGinnis wrapped around the right post and slipped the puck past Middlebury goalie Mike Peters.
Middlebury looked to even the score with 12 minutes remaining as Evan Neugold curled around the back of the net trying to tuck the puck between Fenkell's skate and the post, only to have the goalie close the hole.
McGinnis tallied his second goal of the night with 2:55 remaining in the period as he wristed a shot from the left point and watched the puck ricochet off the crossbar and down into the net.
After playing over seventeen minutes of scoreless hockey to start the second period, Matt Sullivan put Bowdoin up 3-0 with an open shot from the left faceoff circle going into the top right corner. The play started with Spencer Altunez gloving the puck down and shoveling a pass to Matthew Melanson, who found an open Sullivan off to his left.
With just three seconds remaining in the middle frame, Bowdoin put away its fourth goal of the game. Matthew Lison controlled the puck behind Middlebury's net and connected with McGinnis low on the left who quickly passed across the crease to Connor Quinn for an open net as Peters was unable to adjust in time.
Bowdoin's scoring ways continued, putting away two more in the final frame to cap its season opener. After earning his first collegiate assist earlier in the game, Altunez tallied his first goal as a Polar Bear stuffing in a rebound following an initial shot by Sullivan. Sullivan netted his second of the game, converting on the power play with a helper from McGinnis.
Bowdoin outshot the visiting Panthers 31-20 with Fenkell collecting the shutout. Peters made 25 stops for Middlebury.