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Cortland Downs Potsdam In Men's Hockey

CORTLAND.-The SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (0-2-1, 0-2-1 SUNYAC) fell to SUNY Cortland (1-2, 1-2) 4-2 on Friday night. Sophomore forwards Ben Thompson (Canterbury, Conn./New Hampshire Avalanche) and Robert Clerc (Wappinger Falls, N.Y./Oswego State) each scored for the Bears.

After 18 minutes of scoreless hockey, Ethan Homitz put the Red Dragons up 1-0 with two minutes left in the period. Thompson struck just 1:45 later with an assist from sophomore forward Devin Panzeca (Lake Zurich, Ill./East Coast Wizards) and the teams entered the break even at one apiece.

Thanks in part to two power plays, Cortland outshot the Bears 18-12 in the second period. Potsdam sophomore goalie Michael Paglucca (North Reading, Mass./New Hampshire Avalanche) stopped 17, but the Red Dragons went up 2-1 late in the stanza. Stephano Alonzi put Cortland up for good with 1:04 left.

After killing off a Potsdam power play to open the third, Homitz netted the game-winner at the 6:17 mark. Clerc answered with a helper from senior assistant captain Tyler Young (Massena, N.Y./Kanata Lasers) at 8:59. However, the Bears couldn't get even and Tommy Ritchie closed the scoring at 16:48 to make it a 4-2 final.

Paglucca finished with 36 stops and Red Dragons goalie Nick Modica turned aside 39 for the win.

Potsdam outshot Cortland 41-40 and went 0-for-3 on the man advantage. The Red Dragons were 0-for-4.

The Bears head to No. 5 Oswego State tomorrow night at 7 p.m. to finish out the weekend.

LADY ROOS FALL SHORT

CANTON – Ashley Gillies scored her first goal of the season but visiting SUNY Cortland used a pair of unanswered goals to earn a 3-1 victory v. the SUNY Canton women’s hockey team in Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) action on Friday.

Result:  SUNY Cortland 3, SUNY Canton 1Location: Roos House – Canton, NYRecords: SUNY Cortland (3-0-0, 3-0-0 NEWHL) | SUNY Canton (0-2-1, 0-2-1 NEWHL)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Kirsten MacDowell opened the scoring just 55 seconds into the game for the Red Dragons converting off passes from Elena Eichmann and Emily King. The Roos outshot Cortland 7-3 in the opening period.Gillies drew the game even at 6:08 of the middle period. Debbie Bartosova collected the puck to the right of net and found a cutting Gillies out in front who buried a shot into the open left side of goal. Natasha Simioni also earned a helper on the play.Katie DeVoe put home the eventual game-winner with 29 seconds left in the second frame as Cortland led 2-1 after two.Devoe scored her second tally of the game with 1 minute, 23 seconds remaining. Shortly after the goal the Roos went on the power play and also pulled the goalie for the 6-on-4 skater advantage. Canton got one shot on net but was unable to trim the deficit.Brooke Susac made 22 saves in goal for Canton, while Chelsea Allain turned aside 14 shots for the visitors.

Prior to Friday’s contest SUNY Canton student-athlete Jayde Dukette, who is also an Army ROTC Cadet, took her oath of enlistment. Cadet Dukette is also a member of the New York National Guard participating in the Simultaneous Membership program. By taking this oath she is making the commitment to participate in Army ROTC classes and training along with her regular classes at SUNY Canton and serve her country as an Army Officer when she graduates.

WHAT'S NEXT The Roos return to the ice on Saturday when they host Buffalo State at 3 p.m.

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