Date Posted:03/02/2007,  12:00PM

Men's Hockey Nets NESCAC Honors

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Two Bowdoin College men's ice hockey players were recognized as Second-Team All-NESCAC selections in postseason honors released on Friday.

Sophomore defenseman Matt Smith (Yarmouth, Maine) and first-year goaltender Chris Rossi (Barrington, R.I.) both collected All-Conference nods.

The Polar Bears finished the regular season atop the NESCAC standings and will host the conference tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Dayton Arena. Bowdoin will face Amherst at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the NESCAC Semifinals. Fans can watch the game live HERE.

A complete preview of the NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship is available at the NESCAC Website.

Smith earns his first All-Conference honor following an outstanding year on the Polar Bear blueline. A two-way defenseman, Smith anchored a Bowdoin defense that allowed just 2.54 goals per game to place second in the conference. Offensively, Smith contributed 16 points, including three powerplay goals this year on the team that ranked first overall in offense in the conference at 4.29 goals per contest.

Chris Rossi became Bowdoin's full-time netminder mid-way through the season and earned a Second-Team choice thanks to a 2.73 goals-against-average this year. Rossi was tied for the best winning percentage in the conference (10-3-0) and posted a league-best 8-3-0 mark in NESCAC/ECAC East games. The rookie goaltender played 768:02 between the pipes for Bowdoin this year.