Men's hockey turns three-goal deficit into 4-3 win at Bowdoin

Jason Brochu '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Jason Brochu '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Jason Brochu '19 posted two goals and an assist and the Continentals came all the way back from a 3-0 deficit in a 4-3 NESCAC win against the Bowdoin College Polar Bears at Bowdoin's Sidney J. Watson Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Brochu's second goal of the game was short-handed and tied the score at 2:36 of the third period. After a Bowdoin pass through the air landed out of reach, Brochu raced to the puck and collected it at the right faceoff dot. He immediately fired a rocket to the top of the net, knocking Wurman's water bottle into the air. Brochu leads the team with nine goals and 19 points.  

Bowdoin (6-12-2, 3-10-1 NESCAC) dominated the scoreboard for the first half of the game, opening the scoring halfway through the first period at 10:39. Christian Capello broke up a Hamilton play to Bowdoin's net and knocked the puck to Bradley Potter in the corner. Potter passed it up the boards to Michael Brown, who kept control to the red line where he dropped it back to Capello. Capello entered the zone and fired a wrist shot from the center to the top-left corner of the net.

Just after the goal at 10:45, Hamilton (9-9-2, 7-5-2) received its second power play, but the Polar Bears doubled their lead on the penalty kill. Albert Washco controlled the rebound off his goalie and played the puck back to the corner and along the boards, getting past the Continentals for a breakaway. He rushed into the zone on the right-wing side and deked the puck around the front of the net before going to his backhand over Anthony Tirabassi '20 (16 saves) from the left corner of the crease at 12:42 for his second short-handed goal this season.

Bowdoin scored again 5:16 into the second period after killing its third power play. Michael Brown grabbed the puck behind the net after it was knocked along the boards from the corner. He passed it to Pat Geary, who handled it behind the net before moving around the left side and firing a shot from left of the net for a sharp-angle goal.

Hamilton scored their first goal early in its fourth power play at 8:46 in the second. Joey Moore '22 passed the puck to Bennett Morrison '20, who fired a slap shot from the blue line that bounced forward. Jon Beniers '21 collected it at the right corner of the crease and shot it quickly past Erik Wurman (35 saves) for his third goal.

Hamilton pulled within a goal with 4:31 left in the second. Josh Labonte '21 grabbed the puck along the right wall, stopping Bowdoin's attempt to clear its zone, and fired a slap shot from the point that Brochu redirected into the net from the crease.

The Continentals took the lead on their sixth power play. After Bowdoin cleared the puck off the opening faceoff of the power play, the Continentals maintained control in the zone by passing the puck around to create space. Brochu fed the puck to Nick Rutigliano '21 at the center of the blue line and he fired a slap shot that Nick Ursitti '20 redirected in front of the net at 6:02 of the third period. Ursitti has seven goals and Rutigliano leads the team with 12 assists.

The Continentals play again on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. against Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.

-- Recap by Amanda Ghiloni '22