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Buffalo State Holds Off SUNY Potsdam

POTSDAM.-Buffalo State (2-1, 1-0 SUNYAC) scored a pair of empty-net goals in the final minute to hold off the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (0-4-1, 0-4-1) 6-3 on Friday night. Sophomore forward Robert Clerc (Wappinger Falls, N.Y./Oswego State), senior assistant captain Bryce Ferrell (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres) and senior captain Vincent Guimond (Sorel-Tracy, Quebec/Gloucester Rangers) each scored for the Bears.

Potsdam pressed the Bengals early, sparked by a quick power play. Buffalo State killed the penalty, but Potsdam scored less than two minutes later. At 5:12, the Bengals turned it over at their blue line. Clerc collected the puck and fed Ferrell at the left post, but Buffalo State junior goalie Connor Minch (Manchester, N.H./Islanders Hockey Club) made the save. However, Minch didn't control the puck and Clerc slammed it home at the right side of the net after circling around behind. The Bengals got even at 9:31, when sophomore forward Bryan Colburn (Cumberland, R.I./Johnson & Wales) finished an odd-man rush in the slot. The Bears had a final flurry in the last four seconds, but the score remained even at the first intermission. Potsdam outshot the Bengals 10-4.

Buffalo State took the lead with two goals in the second period. Just 1:38 in, freshman forward Nikita Kozyrev (Tallinn, Estonia/Springfield Jr. Blues) picked up a pass between the faceoff circles, spun around and fired high into the net to make it 2-1. The Bengals killed a third penalty nearly seven minutes into the period and then went on their third power play at 7:11. At 8:42, senior forward Zach Remers (Clarence, N.Y./Wilkes Barre-Scranton Knights) rang the right post on a shot from the right point. The puck then hit the back of Bears sophomore goalie Michael Paglucca (North Reading, Mass./New Hampshire Avalanche) and slid across the goal line for a power-play marker. Buffalo State outshot Potsdam 11-9 in the middle stanza and took its two-goal advantage into the break.

The Bears got within one 4:42 into the third period on the power play. Junior defenseman Joseph Richardson (Palm Beach, Fla./PAL Islanders) started a breakout after a Bengals shorthanded opportunity. He passed to senior assistant captain Tyler Young in the neutral zone. Young carried the puck into Buffalo State's zone and hit Ferrell on the right side. Ferrell beat Minch to make it 4-3. More penalties got the Bears in trouble four minutes later. A tripping call followed by a boarding penalty gave the Bengals a 51 second 5-on-3 man advantage. At 9:04, Remers scored on a shot from the top of the left circle to make it 4-2. Guimond countered just 2:13 later, hammering home pass from sophomore forward Devin Panzeca (Lake Zurich, Ill./East Coast Wizards) that came from behind the net. Junior forward Brett Horn (Cary, N.C./Humboldt Broncos) picked up the second assist. Potsdam continued to push over the next eight minutes. The Bears called time out with 1:03 remaining and pulled Paglucca for an extra attacker. They won the ensuing faceoff but a shot from the point was blocked and it bounced to Buffalo State junior forward Sam Maddox, who backhanded the puck the length of the ice and into the net with 55 seconds left. After Potsdam pulled Paglucca a second time, Bengals junior forward Vadim Vasjonkin (Tallnin, Estonia/Philadelphia Jr. Flyers) picked up the puck just behind center ice and fired it down into the net to make it 6-3. Potsdam outshot the Buffalo State 15-7 in the final 20 minutes.

Paglucca finished with 16 saves and Minch stopped 31 shots for the win. The Bengals were 2-for-6 on the power play and the Bears were 1-for-6. Potsdam outshot Buffalo State 34-22.

The Bears host Fredonia tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

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