BRUNSWICK, Maine — Holding off a late push, Bowdoin edged Amherst, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament on Saturday evening.
Bowdoin drew first blood early in the opening period when Bill Busch took a feed from Peter Nasveschuck and blasted a shot past junior goaltender Justin Jagher.
Amherst knotted the score 10:05 into the second period when first-year phenom Beau Kretzman weaved through a pair of Polar Bear defenders shorthanded and ripped a wrister into the back of the net.
Jared Porter put the hosts ahead 5:37 into the third period taking a cross-ice feed from Mike Carosi and backhanding a shot past Jagher. Moments later, Brian Shuman fired a wrister into the top corner of the net, giving Bowdoin a 3-1 advantage.
Jeff sophomore forward Mike Kreger answered just five seconds later, racing into the Polar Bear defensive zone and sliding a backhander past a sprawled out Mike Healey.
Amherst applied late pressure, pulling the goalie with less than a minute remaining, but Bowdoin was able to preserve the lead and move on to the NESCAC semifinals. With the loss, the Jeffs finish the season at 6-14-5 while the Polar Bears improve to 18-3-3
Healey recorded 24 saves in net while Jagher finished with 27.