No. 18 Bowdoin Escapes Hamilton with Win in Third OT

CLINTON, N.Y. - Senior Will Wise scored the game-winning goal in the third overtime to lift Bowdoin to a thrilling 9-8 win over Hamilton on Saturday at Steuben Field.

The Polar Bears, ranked 18th nationally, are now 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The Continentals, who have played four one-goal games in their five contests this spring, fell to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the NESCAC.

Wise scored the game winner off a Hamilton turnover. The Continentals forced a turnover in their own end but were called for an offsides violation on their clear attempt; Wise took a pass from David Nemirov and scored his eighth goal of the season and second of the game.

Hamilton tied the game with 7.3 seconds left in regulation on a goal by John Zimmerman before the two teams played 9:31 of scoreless overtime. Zimmerman's late goal was the third score in the final 82 seconds of regulation. Hamilton tied the game at 7-7 on a goal by Connor Morgan with 1:22 to go and Bowdoin retook the lead 44 seconds later on a goal by Conor O'Toole '14.

The teams combined for just two shots on goal in the first two extra sessions, while turning the ball over a total of eight times. The Polar Bears won the face-off to start overtime but Nemirov's shot was saved by Hamilton's Will Driscoll. Hamilton's Trip Connors won the draw to start the second overtime and the Continentals' ensuing shot by Sam Sweet was stopped by Connor Laughlin.

Bowdoin's Peter Reuter led all players with three goals. He closed out the first half scoring with 10th goal of the year then put the Polar Bears up 5-2 3:48 into the third by tallying the first score of the second half.

Hamilton followed Reuter's second goal with four straight scores to take the lead for the first time. Bryan Hopper fed Patrick Donahoe for the tying goal with 2:29 left in the third, then scored his seventh goal of the season 1:51 into the fourth to put the Continentals ahead 6-5.

Bowdoin scored a pair of goals in a 46-second span to take a 7-6 lead before the eventful final minute. Dan Hanley tied the game with 7:32 left in regulation and Reuter put the Polar Bears back on top on their next possession.

Hanley and Wise both scored a pair of goals for Bowdoin. Jack Carrier led all players with five caused turnovers, including two in overtime. Rob Talcott picked up a team-best six ground balls. Hanley, Reuter and Ben Brewster had four apiece. Driscoll finished with 14 saves and four ground balls. Laughlin stopped nine shots.

The Polar Bears host Norwich Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.


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