BIDDEFORD, Maine — The nationally-ranked Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team opened up a 2-0 lead and fended off the University of New England late for a 4-2 victory in non-league action Tuesday evening at the new Harold Alfond Forum.

The Polar Bears, ranked ninth in the most recent USCHO.com national poll, improved to 2-0-1 on the young season, while the Nor’easters fall to 1-5.

Bowdoin got on the scoreboard as senior Daniel Weiniger went top shelf at 4:14 of the first to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage. Juniors Ollie Koo and Harry Matheson were credited with assists on the play.

The Polar Bears doubled their lead 4:45 into the second frame when sophomore Danny Palumbo rifled a wrist-shot just under the crossbar. Sophomores Connor Quinn and Tim Coffey set-up the power-play tally.

UNE sliced its deficit in half at 15:17 of the second as Jared Melman knocked home a rebound from close range.

Leading 2-1 after two periods, Bowdoin got a muchneeded third goal on the power play at 7:53 when Matheson took a pass from Weiniger and directed a shot towards the UNE cage that deflected off a Nor’easter defender and into the goal.

UNE got back within one two minutes later. Melman centered a pass from the left side that Ryan Quinn onetimed into the net for his team-leading third goal.

Bowdoin completed the scoring with 1:36 remaining. Goaltender Steve Messina (21 saves) cleared the puck to Rob MacGregor, who found Kyle Lockwood for the Polar Bears’ insurance goal.

Bowdoin will host Salve Regina University in the opening day of the Bowdoin- Colby Faceoff Classic at Watson Arena at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Women’s basketball

Senior forward Beth Suggs of Bath went for 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor and pulled in 11 rebounds to lead University of New England to a 72-32 rout of the Polar Bears.

First-year point guard Meghan Gribbin added 13 points, 11 in the 1st half.

The loss drops the Polar Bears to 1-2, while UNE improved to 2-1 with its first win over Bowdoin since the 1994-95 season, a span of 16 games.

Bowdoin trailed 35-8 at halftime, committed 33 turnovers and shot just 21.4-percent from the field in the setback, including just one-of-20 from 3-point range.

The Polar Bears were led by seven points from Anna Prohl, who also had six rebounds.

Bowdoin will look to rebound in its home opener this upcoming Tuesday against the University of Southern Maine. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball

Bowdoin struggled with red-hot shooting St. Joseph’s in an 82-62 loss at Standish.

The defeat drops the Polar Bears to 1-2, while the Monks won their season opener.

The Monks connected on 54.9-percent of their shots and hit an impressive 11-of-16 from the 3-point range in the victory. Bowdoin was successful on just 37.5-percent of its attempts and made just fiveof 24 from beyond the arc.

Bowdoin had no answer for St. Joseph’s guard Matthew Medeiros, who totaled 29 points on nine-of-12 shooting from the field, including six 3- pointers. He also had six rebounds and four assists.

The Polar Bears were led by 15 points from Andrew Madlinger and 12 points with eight rebounds from Keegan Pieri.

Bowdoin is slated to play its home opener this upcoming Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against USM.