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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 12, 2009
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Colby College men's hockey team has waited 13 years to accomplish what the team did Saturday night --- sweep Bowdoin College in the season series between the two rivals.
Jeoff Jarnot scored twice and goaltender Cody McKinney posted 32 saves to lead Colby to a 4-3 win over Bowdoin in the first game between the two long-time rivals played at Bowdoin's Sidney J. Watson Arena. With the win, the Mules (6-2-0) sweep the regular-season series with the Polar Bears (5-2-0) for the first time since 1996-97.
Saturday was the 192nd meeting between the schools, with Bowdoin's all-time lead now standing at 98-86-8.
The Mules broke through late in the opening period when a broken play resulted in a loose puck in front of the Bowdoin net. Jarnot wristed a chance from the right circle past Nerland to give the visitors the 1-0 lead. Minutes later, an odd-man rush saw Cory McGrath feed Dan Nelson, who netted the puck inside the left post to give the visitors a 2-0 edge. With under a minute to play in the period, a long pass by Bowdoin's Rob MacGregor found Jordan Lalor streaking down the right wing. With one arm fending off a Mule, Lalor slipped the puck between the pads of Cody McKinney with just five seconds remaining in the period to close the gap to a single goal at the first intermission.
The Mules pushed the lead back to two goals early in the second period when Billy Crinnion stole a puck in the neutral zone, skated down the left wing and tucked the puck inside the left post for a shorthanded tally. Bowdoin made a pair of bids to draw closer, once shorthanded and another on a 4x4 late in the period, but McKinney swept aside both chances to maintain the two-goal lead for the Mules.
Bowdoin was able to find the back of the net to start the final frame when Erik Olson skated into the offensive zone and left a drop-pass to Mike Corbelle, who went top-shelf on McKinney at with 14:11 remaining.
The Mules responded three minutes later when Jeoffrey Jarnot ripped a slap shot from just inside the blue line to push the lead back to two goals.
The Polar Bears cut the lead to a single goal again with 6:04 left, when Kyle Shearer-Hardy's initial shot was blocked in front. Brendan Reich pounced on the rebound and backhanded it inside the left post to make it 4-3. Bowdoin had several great chances in the closing moments, and played the final 1:25 with the empty net. The Polar Bears posted a flurry of shots around the crease in the closing seconds, but officials indicated no goal as the buzzer sounded.
Jarnot, who finished with a pair of goals, was named the
winner of the Peter Schuh Memorial Trophy, given annually to the MVP of the
Bowdoin-Colby game played in Brunswick. McKinney finished with 32 saves for the
Mules, while Nerland stopped 18 for the Polar Bears. McKinney won his 25th
career game in his junior season.
Colby 4, Bowdoin 3
C: Jeoff Jarnot (Mike Doherty, Michael Bellieveau), 17:19
C: Dan Nelson (Cory McGrath, Matt Strickland), 18:10
B: Jordan Lalor (Rob MacGregor), 19:55
C: Billy Crinnion, 3:32, SH
B: Mike Corbelle (Erik Olson, Kyle Shearer-Hardy), 5:49
C: Jeoff Jarnot (Matt Rappaport), 8:41
B: Brendan Reich (Colin MacCormack, Kyle Shearer-Hardy), 13:56
Shots: Colby 22, Bowdoin 35. Goalies: Cody McKinney (Colby, 60:00, 3 GA, 32 saves); Richard Nerland (Bowdoin, 58:35, 4 GA, 18 saves).