Jefferson '22 nets third goal in men's hockey loss at Bowdoin

Jordi Jefferson '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Jordi Jefferson '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Despite a 37-20 shot advantage, the Hamilton College Continentals fell 2-1 against the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in a NESCAC game played at Bowdoin's Watson Arena on Friday night.

Bowdoin goaltender Alex Zafonte made 36 saves including 17 in the first period. Hamilton's Anthony Tirabassi '20 made 18 saves and didn't allow a goal in the last 54 minutes.

Bowdoin (6-5-0, 3-3 NESCAC) opened the scoring 2:01 into the first period. Caleb Perez recovered the puck from behind his net and passed it ahead to Andy Stoneman at the near circle. Stoneman made a stretch pass to Bobby Murray who caught up to it while rushing up the middle. Murray beat the Hamilton defenders to the zone and fired a quick slap shot past Tirabassi from just inside the blue line.

The Polar Bears doubled their lead fresh off a change at 5:28 of the first. Kyle Jadatz shot the puck but Tirabassi defelected it and it bounced behind the net. Jimmy Duffy collected the puck and wrapped it around to the left post where he tucked it in.

Hamilton (3-6-2, 2-4-0) scored its lone goal at 9:13 of the period on a power play. Bowdoin received a bench minor at 7:44 for too many men on the ice. Sean Thomson '23 rushed the puck up the right side after a successful Bowdoin clear. Thomson reached the offensive zone and passed across to the middle where Jordi Jefferson '22 was ready for a one-timer. Jefferson is tied for the team lead with three goals and five points. Sean Allen '21 was also credited with an assist on the play.

The next two periods passed scorelessly despite opportunities for both teams. In the second, Hamilton received its only penalty of the night at 7:03, but killed the Polar Bears' power-play opportunity. The Continentals started 23 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play with 5:13 left in the period but didn't convert. Hamilton pulled Tirabassi with 2:37 left in the third period but mustered one shot on goal with the extra skater.

The Continentals play again on Saturday, Jan. 11 in another NESCAC contest at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, at 3 p.m.

-- Recap by Amanda Ghiloni '22