Bowdoin scored four third-period goals, battling back to pick up a 5-3 win over Middlebury in Watson Arena. The Panthers fell to 0-2 with the loss, while the Polar Bears moved to 1-1. Middlebury returns to action next Friday when they meet Norwich at 4:00 p.m. in the Primelink Great Northern Shootout in Plattsburgh.
The win by the Polar Bears gave head coach Jamie Dumont his first career victory.
The Panthers capitalized on the game's first power play 5:17 into the opening period. Travis Stephens set up the play with a flat pass across the crease from the right post. Trevor Turnbull received the puck on the opposite side and roofed a shot top-shelf for a 1-0 Middlebury lead.
Bowdoin evened the game midway through the period off a power-play goal. Pat Geary circled the back of Middlebury's net and came around the left side, quickly finding Mitch Barrington between the circles. Barrington teed up a shot and found the top left corner to deadlock the score.
Bowdoin made a bid to take the lead before the end of the frame when Daniel McMullan intercepted a puck on the right boards and rocketed a shot off the far post with 1:40 remaining in the period.
Matt Doherty put Middlebury back on top at 11:42 in the second period. Following a takeaway in the neutral zone, the Panthers skated in on a two-on-one. Doherty capitalized on the advantage and snapped a shot that bested Nathan Colannino.
Danny Jacobs extended Middlebury's lead on a solo effort six minutes into the final period. Jacobs picked the pocket of a Bowdoin player near the blue line and skated into the Polar Bear defensive zone. Jacobs slipped a shot five-hole to tally his first collegiate goal, giving the Panthers a 3-1 lead with 14:24 remaining.
The Polar Bears responded 1:04 later. Cody Todesco slid a pass from the right pipe towards Austin Ricci on the opposite side. With Panther goalie Brian Ketchabaw still lined up for a Todesco bid, Ricci had an open look on the far side, trimming the Middlebury lead to 3-2.
Geary scored his third goal of the weekend to even the game with just over five minutes to play. Chris Wallace fed Geary from the left side and the first-year forward tallied a back door equalizer.
Bowdoin took the lead 3:14 later when Cody Todesco won a face-off in the Middlebury zone back to Austin Ricci, who beat Ketchabaw glove-side to make it 4-3 Polar Bears with 2:36 to play.
After Middlebury pulled Ketchabaw for the extra attacker, Bowdoin put the game on ice as Chris Wallace added an empty-netter to round out the scoring.
Colannino earned his first collegiate win in goal for the Polar Bears, making 20 stops. Ketchabaw finished with 28 saves for Middlebury.
Bowdoin held a 33-22 edge in shots and went 1-5 on the power play while Middlebury went 1-4 with the extra attacker.