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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 11, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's hockey team had a 5-1 lead, a packed house at Alfond Rink, and what seemed like all the momentum you could have with a goal less than a minute into the second period.
However, Brendan Reich scored with just 18.4 seconds left in the game to cap a five-goal comeback win for Bowdoin College in a 6-5 victory over rival Colby in non-conference men's hockey on Saturday night.
Reich knocked home a rebound in front of the net to help the Polar Bears come all the way back from a 5-1 deficit at one point in the second period.
Bowdoin, which took a 3-2 win over the Mules Friday night in Brunswick, moved to 5-1 overall. The Mules, who beat the Polar Bears twice during the regular season last year, fall to 2-4-1.
The Mules came out strong and led 4-1 after the first period. Sam Courcelles and Spike Smigelski each scored on the power play in the opening 6:49 of the game to give Colby a quick 2-0 lead. The Mules added a third goal by sophomore Cory McGrath at 10:29 on a short-handed tally, but Bowdoin's Colin Downey put his team on the scoreboard at 11:29 on the power play. Mike Doherty closed out the scoring with just 26 seconds left in the third period.
The Mules once again started quickly in the second period when captain Billy Crinnion tallied just 34 seconds into play. The Polar Bears had switched goalies after the first intermission from Richard Nerland to Connor Shannon and the move may have given Bowdoin a lift after Colby's fifth and final goal.
In a game with 22 penalties, Bowdoin's Kyle Shearer-Hardy scored on a 5-on-3 power play at 2:50 of the second period to start the Polar Bear comeback. He had two of Bowdoin's three goals on Friday night against the Mules.
Jay Livermore scored at 7:41 and Timothy McGarry added a goal at 9:30 to make it 5-4 after two periods and give the Polar Bears some major momentum.
Neither team could manage a goal for most of the third period until Jeff Fanning tied the game at 5-5 with just 5:31 left to play.
Shannon finished with 17 saves over the final two periods and allowed just the one goal. Colby keeper Cody McKinney stopped 26 shots.
Bowdoin 6, Colby 5
C: Sam Courcelles (Tommy Kader, Spike Smigelski), 3:26, PP
C: Spike Smigelski (Karl Burns), 6:49, PP
C: Cory McGrath (Mike Doherty), 10:52, SH
B: Colin Downey (Jordan Lalor, Graham Sisson), 11:29, PP
C: Mike Doherty (Jesse Lehman), 19:34
C: Billy Crinnion (Mike Doherty, Karl Burns), :34
B: Kyle Shearer-Hardy (Jordan Lalor, Harry Matheson), 2:50, PP
B: Jay Livermore (Owen Smith, Graham Sisson), 7:41
B: Timothy McGarry (Kyle Lockwood), 9:30
B: Jeff Fanning (Graham Sisson, Daniel Weiniger), 14:29, PP
B: Brendan Reich (Owen Smith, Kyle Lockwood), 19:42
Shots: Bowdoin 32, Colby 32. Power play: Bowdoin 3-10, Colby 2-6. Goalies: Richard Nerland (Bowdoin, 20:00, 4 GA, 10 saves) and Connor Shannon (Bowdoin, 40:00, 1 GA, 17 saves); Cody McKinney (Colby, 59:42, 6 GA, 26 saves).