No. 4 Hobart Denies Potsdam 2-1
POTSDAM, N.Y.-The fourth-ranked Hobart College Statesmen (6-1-1) scored two first period goals and made it stand up in a 2-1 win over the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (1-6-1) on Saturday night. Junior forward Paul Michura (Chester, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) scored for Potsdam and sophomore goalie Ryan Glander (Campbell Hall, N.Y./Rochester Junior Monarchs) made 31 saves in his first start of the season. The first period opened at a quick pace with end to end sprints. Glander and Statesmen sophomore goalie Joe Halstrom (Fort Collins, Colo./Burlington Cougars) made multiple challenging stops on blasts from medium range or closer. Hobart broke through at 7:30 when senior captain Zach Sternbach (Loudonville, N.Y./Rochester Jr. Americans) picked up the puck in the corner, circled in front of the net and ripped into the top left corner of the net. The Statesmen doubled the lead at 17:01 when senior captain Lawson MacDougall (Williamstown, Ontario/Cornwall Colts) jammed the puck home from the left post. Hobart outshot the Bears 16-10 in the first period. Potsdam matched the Statemen's energy in the second period and outhustled them for the majority of the 20 minutes. The effort paid off at the 2:52 mark. Michura gloved down a clearing attempt at the blue line, fought off two defensemen and blasted a shot between the pads of Halstrom to make it 2-1. The Bears were all around the Hobart net the rest of the period, but just missed the equalizer on several chances. At the other end of the ice, Glander was sharp, stonewalling the Statesmen on a point blank, two-on-one attempt. Potsdam outshot Hobart 13-8 in the period. The Bears started the third period with 1:43 left on a power play. Potsdam swarmed the net, but were unable to score. A close call resulted in multiple penalties after a scrum and Hobart managed to kill off a major. The goaltending duel between Glander and Halstrom continued the rest of the contest with neither giving ground. The Bears called timeout with 1:22 remaining and pulled Glander for an extra-attacker. However, the Statesmen were able to tie up the puck and run out the clock. Halstrom was outstanding with 38 saves. Potsdam outshot Hobart 39-33. The Statesmen were 0-for-2 on the power play and the Bears were 0-for-4. Potsdam returns to action after the Thanksgiving Holiday for two neutral site games at St. Anselm College next weekend. The Bears square off with No. 8 Trinity College at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Wesleyan University at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Prior to the game Leo Corvino, who is battling Angelman's Syndrome, dropped the puck. It was Angelman Syndrome Awareness night at Maxcy Ice Arena. The event was organized by junior forward Jacob Juron (Latham, N.Y./South Shore Kings) who arranged for the Bears to wear special jerseys, which were auctioned off after the game. All donations and auction proceeds were given to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics or FAST.
OSWEGO DOWNS LADY BEARS
POTSDAM, N.Y.-Oswego State (5-2-1, 3-2-1 NEWHL) scored three power-play goals to defeat the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (4-4, 3-4) 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. Junior defenseman Keira Thacker (Oakville, Ontario/Hamilton Hawks) scored for the Bears and senior captain Alexa Pfeiffer (Sylvania, Ohio/Little Caesar's) finished with 43 saves. The Lakers created and sustained strong pressure on Potsdam's defense during the first period. After killing off a penalty, Oswego went on its first power play at 7:29. The Bears held the Lakers off for the first 1:22, but senior forward Eryn Stewart (Stonewall, Mich./Central Plains Midget Capitals) knocked home a rebound at the right side of the net for a 1-0 lead. Pfeiffer stopped the other 14 shots that came her way during the first 20 minutes, but Oswego led 1-0 at the break. Potsdam created several strong scoring chances during two power plays in the middle period. However, Lakers senior goalie Rachael Farmer (Grand Island, N.Y./Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles) was sharp and kept them off the board. The Bears killed one Oswego power play in the second, but the score was unchanged after 40 minutes. The Lakers came out firing again in the third. The aggressive play earned them third man advantage at 6:02 and they capitalized. Freshman forward Kyleigh Grugin (Knoxville, Tenn./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) redirected a shot from the left point past Pfeiffer at 7:36 for a 2-0 lead. Potsdam answered 54 seconds later. Junior forward Alexis Clark (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Buffalo Bisons) fed Thacker as she entered Oswego's zone. Thacker carried the puck almost to the left corner and fired. The puck slipped between the left post and Farmer's right pad to close the gap to 2-1. Lakers special teams then put the game out of reach after they made the most of their fourth power play with 15:09 remaining. At 15:48, junior forward Amber Thomas (Cornwall, Ontario/Plymouth State) knocked home a rebound to extend the lead to 3-1. Potsdam pulled Pfeiffer for an extra attacker with under a minute remaining and swarmed around the Oswego goal. With 17 seconds left, Farmer gloved a shot from the point and held on to smother the last Potsdam threat. Farmer finished with 24 saves for the win. Oswego was 3-for-4 on the power play and the Bears were 0-for-4. Potsdam is off until December 4, when the Bears travel to No. 1 Plattsburgh State for a rematch with the Cardinals.