BOWDOIN COLLEGE forward Spencer Antunez skates with the puck during a NESCAC game against Connecticut College on Sidney J. Watson Arena on Friday.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE forward Spencer Antunez skates with the puck during a NESCAC game against Connecticut College on Sidney J. Watson Arena on Friday.

BRUNSWICK — The seniors of the Bowdoin men’s ice hockey team won their final career game in Sidney J. Watson Arena with a 4-0 win over Tufts on Saturday evening to conclude the regular season.

The Polar Bears enter the postseason as the No. 5 seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference standings with a 14-7-3 overall record and 8-7-3 mark in conference play. Tufts makes the postseason as the No. 8 seed at 8-14- 2 (5-11-2 NESCAC). Bowdoin will play at fourth-seeded Williams in the quarterfinals on Saturday, with game information to be announced early this week.

Bowdoin took the 1-0 lead 8:35 into the opening period, off Spencer Antunez’s first-of-two goals in the frame. John McGinnis began the play as he collected the puck in neutral ice, skating into the Jumbos defensive zone, and feeding a pass to Connor Quinn in front of the crease. Quinn dished a quick pass to the right post where Antunez one-timed it for the lead.

On the power play in the 16th minute, Antunez put in his second with a hard shot that connected with the crossbar and deflected into the net.

Blake Edwards had one of the best looks for the Jumbos in the third on the power play, setting up for the one-timer between the circles, but Max Fenkell slid across the crease to preserve his shutout.

With Ryan McConnell pulled from the Tufts net, senior Mike Schlagel scored his first career point, making a move around the defense and slipping the puck inside the post. One minute later, with McConnell back in net, Danny Palumbo put away a rebound to seal the 4-0 win.

The senior Fenkell collected his fifth career shutout, making 20 saves. McConnell made 35 stops for the Jumbos.

On Friday at Watson Arena, Connecticut College pulled away for a 4-1 win over Bowdoin in a battle for fourth place in the NESCAC.

The Camels struck early in the first period, 4:15 into action, following a takeaway by Greg Liautaud just inside Bowdoin’s blue line. Grabbing the puck away from the Polar Bear defense, Liautaud turned and charged towards Peter Cronin burying a wrister in the top left corner.

Bowdoin answered with 4:32 remaining as Zach Kokosa took off with a loose puck from neutral ice. Taking control of the puck at center ice, Kokosa accelerated into the Camels’ defensive zone and sent a snapshot over Tom Conlin’s right shoulder.

JC Cangelosi handed the Camels their second lead of the evening under two minutes into the middle frame, netting the feed from Joe Birmingham. Marc Roper added to the Camels’ lead, making the score 3-1, burying a slapshot over the glove from the point.

With under two minutes remaining, the Polar Bears had a pair of close calls as the puck ricocheted off the pipe twice, but never crossed the goal line.

Conlin made 34 saves in net for the Camels, while Cronin stopped 19 for Bowdoin.

Women’s hockey

Miranda Bell supplied the Polar Bears with two goals and an assist as Bowdoin ended their regular season with a 3-2 win over nationally ranked Amherst on Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, Amherst concluded its regular season, 16-4-4 overall, 10-3-3 in NESCAC action, while Bowdoin improved to 10-9-5 overall, 6-7-3 in league play.

In a first period that featured a 15-6 advantage for Amherst in shots on goal, the Jeffs put Bowdoin under intense pressure. Bowdoin goalie Lan Crofton made 15 saves in the stanza, including a pair of point-blank stops on backto back shots by Erin Martin.

Bell found open ice in the offensive zone and was able to beat Yuna Evans at the 18:20 mark to give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead. Jill Rathke and Chelsea MacNeil assisted on the goal.

Midway through the second period, the Jeffs controlled play, but Maddie Baird was able to clear the zone, pushing a pass up to Bell who was breaking down the right wing. She finished with her second goal of the game at the 10:50 mark to give the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead.

After the visitors fended off a brief 5-on-3 advantage for the Jeffs, Amherst was able to net a powerplay goal at the 14:53 mark after Emma Griese deposited the loose puck following a shot from the center of the blue line from Lynndy Smith to set the score at 2-1.

Bowdoin upped its edge back to two at the 17:59 mark with a powerplay marker of its own as MacNeil scored, following passes from Bell and Colleen Finnerty to give the Polar Bears a 3-1 cushion at the second intermission.

At 14:19 of the third period, Amherst pulled to within one when Eileen Harris lit the lamp.

Crofton made 39 saves in the win, while Evans made 12 of her 24 stops in the second period.

The Polar Bears secured the fifth seed in the NESCAC and will travel to Connecticut College for the quarterfinal this upcoming Saturday. Game time will be announced today.

On Saturday, Amherst used three second-period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit as the Jeffs skated to a 4-3 victory over Bowdoin.

Bowdoin struck for the game’s first goal just 16 seconds into the first period as Schuyler Nardelli scored on assists from Finnerty and Ariana Bourque to give the Polar Bears an early 1-0 edge. With less than two minutes to play in the first stanza. Bell put the Polar Bears ahead, 2-0 after receiving helpers from MacNeil and Rachel Kennedy.

At the 6:15 mark, the Jeffs answered when Harris broke into open ice down the right wing and beat Crofton, high on her glove side, to pull Amherst to within one. The Jeffs tied the game when Martin scored on the rebound of Anne Gillard’s initial shot. Three minutes later, Caitlyn Ryan fired a shot from the right point that found the back of the net to give the Jeffs a 3- 2 lead.

With 5:35 to play in the stanza, Toupal scored following a clean pass from Tori Salmon to set the score at 4-2.

Bell notched her second goal of the game to pull the Polar Bears to within one, but it was not enough as the Jeffs held on for the win. MacNeil and Kennedy recorded the assists on the goal.

Crofton finished with 29 saves, while Evans turned away 27 shots for Amherst.


Both track teams posted several strong finishes at the New England Division III Championships this past weekend.

The Polar Bear men finished seventh out of 26 teams at Springfield College, while the women’s team earned ninth place out of 30 squads at Smith College.

Individually, Erin Silva took second in pole vault (12-05.75) while Hayleigh Kein placed sixth in high jump (5-03). Bowdoin had a pair of excellent relay results, as the distance medley team of Aly Fulton, Naomi Jabouin, Demi Feder and Sarah Kelley took second (12:18.19), whilethe4x800metersquadof Fulton, Kelley, Meghan Bellerose, Feder was fourth (9:37.26).

Brian Greenberg had the top individual finish by taking third in the triple jump (45-04.50). Jacob Ellis was fourth in 800 meters (1:55.63) while Chris Genco earned fourth in the long jump (22-03.25). The men’s distance medley relay team of Calvin Henry, Liam Nicoll, Ellis and Conor Donahue was second, finishing in 10:25.59.


The men’s swimming and diving team placed sixth at the NESCAC Championship this weekend hosted by Middlebury College.

The Polar Bears totaled 778.5 points to sit comfortably in sixth, recording their highest team score since the 2012 Championship.

Mike Netto led the way for Bowdoin, earning a trio of top-eight finishes. He posted the highest individual finish of the weekend for the Polar Bears by taking second in the 50 breaststroke (25.64). He then followed it up with a sixthplace finish in the 100 breaststroke (57.24) and eighth in the 200 breaststroke (2:05.61). Logan House also posted a top performance by taking seventh in the 50 butterfly (23.14).

Senior diver Tom Kramer took fourth in the 3-meter dive (469.45) and fifth in 1-meter diving competition (432.25).

Bowdoin’s best relay of the weekend came in the final event as the 400 free relay team of House, John Lagasse, Will Hutchinson and William Shi placed fourth in 3:06.02.