BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Austin Ricci scored with 2:04 remaining in overtime to give the Bowdoin College Polar Bears a 4-3 win over the University of New England in a non-conference men's ice hockey game played Tuesday evening (Jan. 19) at Sid Watson Arena.
The victory gave Bowdoin (5-7-3) a split in the season series with UNE and avenged an 8-3 road loss on Nov. 24. The Nor'easters (10-5-2) saw their 10-game unbeaten streak come to a close.
UNE jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage behind goals from Danny Antonoff and Blaise Healy. Antonoff's goal at 3:56 of the first was assisted by Tucker Ross and Ben Pearl, and Healy's marker came on a breakaway at 12:51 of the frame.
The Polar Bears would cut their deficit in half less than two minutes later while on the power play when Matt Rubinoff found the cage for his second goal of the season, and then Bowdoin drew even two minutes later on a Jay Kourkalis goal.
Neither squad was able to find the cage in the middle period until the final three minutes. Chris Wallace gave the home team a 3-2 lead at the 17:02 mark, but that was short-lived as Ross responded with a top-shelf shot from a tough angle with 46 ticks left on the clock to make the score 3-3. Kyle Williams and Trevor Fleurent assisted on Ross' goal.
The third period was a scoreless frame, which forced overtime.
Dylan Bengston nearly sent the Nor'easters home victorious 30 seconds into the extra stanza, but his game-winning bid clipped the pipe.
Ricci's emptied the Polar Bear bench when he took a pass from Daniel McMullan in the neutral zone, skated up the left and put home a shot from the left side of the slot.
Peter Cronin had a strong game in goal for Bowdoin, totaling 29 saves as the Polar Bears were out-shot by a 32-25 margin. Connor Maloney turned aside 21 shots for UNE.
The Nor'easters will look to get back into the win column Friday when they host rival University of Southern Maine. The New England Hockey Conference game at the Harold Alfond Forum is a 7 p.m. start.