Bowdoin winter sports off to rousing start

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There has been a lot of excitement on the hardwood and the ice in the early going of Bowdoin’s winter sports season.

The men’s hockey team has dazzled its way to a 6-0-1 start. The Polar Bears had a great weekend, beating rival Colby twice, 3-1 and 5-2, as the schools hit the 200 mark in all-time meetings. Robert Toczylowski had two goals in the home victory Friday, while five different players lit the lamp Saturday at Colby. Bowdoin was at the University of Southern Maine Tuesday and goes to Tufts Saturday and Connecticut College Saturday.

The women’s hockey team also swept Colby last weekend to improve to 3-1. Friday, the Polar Bears enjoyed 7-0 triumph at the Mules as Schuyler Nardelli had a career-high four goals. Saturday, at home, Bowdoin won, 3-2, in overtime, at Kayte Holtz tied the game late in regulation and Kenzie Novak delivered the winner. Bowdoin hosts Holy Cross Saturday and welcomes Norwich Sunday.

On the hardwood, the men’s team improved to 3-2 with recent home victories over USM (82-45) and Maine Maritime (84-51). Against the Huskies, Andrew Madlinger had a career-high 28 points. In the win over Maine Maritime, Madlinger stayed hot with a team-high 17 points. The Polar Bears were at Bates Thursday and close the 2012 portion of their schedule Friday at home against Colby.

On the women’s side, after dropping a 72-58 home decision to rival USM last week, Bowdoin improved to 2-3 Saturday with a 53-38 home win over Colby. Megan Phelps led the way with 16 points. The Polar Bears were at U. Maine-Farmington Tuesday and visited Bates Thursday.

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Bowdoin’s Andrew Madlinger had a career-high 28 points to lead the Polar Bears to an 82-45 win over the University of Southern Maine last weekend.

Bowdoin’s Ollie Koo fires a shot during last weekend’s win over Colby.

Bowdoin celebrates its 3-1 win over rival Colby Friday. The Polar Bears beat the Mules again Saturday, 5-2, in Waterville, in the schools’ 200th all-time meeting last weekend. The wins gave the Polar Bears a stellar 6-0-1 mark on the season.