(With contributions from Bowdoin College Sports Information)
Huskies Travel to Skidmore on Friday
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Rookie goaltender Alex Zafonte (Concord, Mass./St. Sebastian's) turned aside 35 shots en route to his fourth shutout of the season as the Bowdoin College Polar Bears blanked the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies 2-0 in a non-conference game Tuesday evening at Watson Arena.
Zafonte and the Polar Bears shut out the Huskies for the second time this season to sweep the season series by a combined score of 3-0. Bowdoin improved to 7-11-0 overall with its third straight win. The Huskies dropped their second straight game to slide to 3-11-4 overall.
The teams played a scoreless first period with USM outshooting Bowdoin 17-4, but Zafonte was up to the task keeping his team in the game.
In the latter stages of the second period, Bowdoin senior Matthew Lison (Venetia, Penn./Peters Township) snapped the scoreless tie with an unassisted tally. Lison collected a loose puck in the left-wing circle and skated across the ice before firing a wrist shot inside the far post past USM rookie netminder Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas).
The Polar Bears iced the game in the final minute of regulation when junior Cody Todesco (Franklin, Mass./Noble & Greenough) netted an empty-net goal with 40 seconds to play.
Southern Maine had a 35-29 edge in shots on goal in the game. Bowdoin special teams killed off all four USM power plays in the game, including one midway through the third period. D'Aloisio made 27 saves before begin lifted for the extra attacker in the final minute. Zafonte earned his fourth win, all by shutout, in eight decisions this season.
Southern Maine is back in action on Friday (7:00 p.m.) traveling to Skidmore College for a New England Hockey Conference game. Bowdoin is off until February 2 when it travels to Amherst College.