Middlebury vs. Bowdoin
March 30, 2013
The Game Story:
Bowdoin goalie Christopher Williamson made a point-blank save on a shot by Middlebury’s Jon Broome as time expired, securing a 7-6 win at Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium for the Polar Bears. The loss gives Middlebury (6-1, 4-1) its first blemish of the season. In a game pitting two top 20 teams, Bowdoin (5-2, 3-2), the 20th-ranked team, built a 7-3 lead over the 11th-ranked Panthers after three quarters.

Bowdoin’s Franklin Reis broke a 1-1 tie with :03 on the first quarter clock with a wrap-around tally for a 2-1 lead. After Middlebury’s Stew Kerr netted the equalizer at 14:30 in the second on a man-up goal, the Polar Bears scored the final three goals of the half, for a 5-2 lead at the break.

Dan Hanley started the run less than a minute after Kerr’s tally on a driving move to the crease. Billy Bergner notched his second of the game on a door step feed from Will Wise at 6:35. Wise followed with a man-up goal for the 5-2 advantage.

Middlebury opened the second as Brian Foster won the opening face-off, Kerr then found Sean Carroll for the quick-stick feed at 14:21. Leading 5-3, Bowdoin put two more on the board to close out the third, including Bergner’s hat-trick tally at 7:19, for a 7-3 lead.

In the fourth, Middlebury strung a trio of goals together, closing the gap to 7-6 as Kerr got it started at 12:53 off a feed from Carroll. Less than two minutes later, Mike Giordano put a wrap-around past Williamson for a 7-5 game. At 2:08, Bowdoin called a timeout to set their defense after the ball went out of play during a Panther possession. Fifteen seconds later, Middlebury’s Scott Redmond’s sweeping move and goal made it a 7-6 game with 1:53 left to play.

Bowdoin won the ensuing face-off and controlled the clock, but an errant pass resulted in a turnover with :28 left to play. Middlebury pushed the ball into their offensive end, launched a wide shot, but maintained possession. In the final seconds, Broome had the ball in the low slot, just a few feet from Williamson’s left side, but the on-target shot was stopped by Williamson as time expired.

Bergner’s hat trick paces Bowdoin, while Peter Reuter added a goal and two assists. Wise chipped in with a goal and one assist, as Maxwell Rosner nabbed a team-best four groundballs. Williamson earned the win in net, making 18 saves.

Kerr added two goals and an assist, as Carroll reversed that with two assists and a goal to lead Middlebury. Foster won 12-16 face-offs, collecting eight groundballs. Panther goalie Nate Gaudio suffered his first loss of the season, stopping 15 shots.