Hockey Bows 4-0 to Bowdoin in Home NESCAC Contest

MALDEN - Junior goalie Peter Cronin made 43 saves for his fifth career shutout as the Bowdoin College men's hockey team pinned a 4-0 defeat on Tufts University in a NESCAC game Friday night at Valley Forum.

Jordan Haney led the Jumbos with six shots

Freshman Tommy Dunleavy scored two goals as Bowdoin gave Tufts its first NESCAC loss of the year. The Polar Bears improved to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference, while the Jumbos dropped to 5-2-1 and 3-1-1 in the league.

Cronin was particularly impressive in the second period. Many of his 15 saves in the frame were on quality scoring chances by the Jumbos. It's the second straight game that the Boston College High School graduate shut out an opponent including his 22-save effort in Tuesday's 3-0 win at Southern Maine.

The Polar Bears got out to a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game tonight. Dunleavy was perfectly positioned in the slot to send home a rebound off a shot by junior Spencer Antunez 3:22 into the game. Then, at 11:51 into the first period, freshman Christian Capello shoveled in a nice centering feed from freshman Ronnie Lestan making it 2-0.

The second period was action-packed despite no goals being scored. Bowdoin had two power plays in the opening four minutes of the period, but Tufts senior goalie Mason Pulde made eight saves during the pair of man-advantages to keep it a 2-0 game.

Cronin's first big stop of the middle stanza came when he picked a shot by Jumbo leading scorer Brian Brown out of thin air seven minutes into the period. Tufts' Anthony Farinacci hit the post later in the period and Cronin stoned Jumbo senior Matt Pugh after he had taken the puck away from a Bowdoin defenseman to the left of the net. The goalies combined for 27 saves in the second, with Pulde recording 12.

Tufts clearly had the momentum late in the second period, but was unable to cut into the margin. Bowdoin then turned it around by scoring twice in the first three minutes of the third period to expand their lead to 4-0. Sophomore Austin Ricci netted the first just 1:02 into the period, then Dunleavy got his second of the game and fifth of the year on a power play at 2:41.

Cronin made 11 saves in the third to finish off his shutout. Pulde finished with 38 stops. Tufts held a slim 43-42 advantage in shots overall, while Bowdoin converted on one of six power plays compared to 0-3 by Tufts.

Bowdoin senior defenseman Joseph Lace finished with three blocked shots in the game as the Polar Bears totaled 12. Sophomore Cody Todesco had 14 of the visitors' 36 face-off wins.

Brown and senior assistant captain Sean Kavanagh blocked two shots each for Tufts, while freshman Tyler Scroggins and sophomore Clay Berger led the hosts with seven face-off victories apiece. Tufts took its first shutout since January 29 of last season, a 4-0 loss to Williams.

First-place Colby comes to Valley Forum tomorrow for a 4 pm start with the Jumbos. Bowdoin moves on to play at Connecticut College starting at 3 pm.

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