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Plattsburgh Holds Off Potsdam Ice Rally

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.-Plattsburgh State (3-3-1, 3-3-1 SUNYAC) ended its two-game losing streak against the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (1-5-1, 1-5-1) with a 7-5 victory on Friday night. The Cardinals held a 6-3 third period lead, but needed an empty-net goal to hang on for the win. Senior captain Vincent Guimond (Sorel-Tracy, Quebec/Gloucester Rangers), senior assistant captains Nate Zweig (Binghamton, N.Y./Syracuse Stars) and Bryce Ferrell (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres), junior defensemen Joseph Richardson (Palm Beach, Fla./PAL Islanders) and junior forward Brett Horn (Cary, N.Y./Humboldt Broncos) each scored for the Bears. Potsdam outshot the Cardinals 15-13 in the opening period and the game was scoreless until just over midway through the first. The teams then combined for three goals in 4:39. At 13:11, Brendan Young gave Plattsburgh a 1-0 lead. Just 51 seconds later, Liam Lawson extended the Cardinals' advantage to two goals. At 17:50, Zweig picked up a pass in the slot from sophomore forward Michael McArthur (St. Thomas, Ontario/Oswego State) at his left and beat a screened Jimmy Poreda. The score remained 2-1 entering the first intermission. Five goals were scored in the second period. Ryan Hogg put Plattsburgh back up by two 2:12 into the period, but Richardson countered 52 seconds later. He picked up a pass from senior assistant captain Tyler Young (Massena, N.Y./Kanata Lasers) between the two faceoff circles and put the puck over Poreda's shoulder. Lawson and Christian Dahl scored the next two goals 1:26 apart to give the Cardinals a 5-2 lead at 7:03. Dahl's marker came on the power play and signaled the end of the night for Bears freshman goaltender Connor Green (New Port Richey, Fla./Tampa Bay Juniors). Ferrell closed the gap to 5-3 with a shot from the right post at 13:18 with assists from Young and sophomore forward Robert Clerc (Wappinger Falls, N.Y./Oswego State). Potsdam sophomore goalie Ryan Glander (Campbell Hall, N.Y./Rochester Junior Monarchs) stopped all five shots he faced over the rest of the period and the score was unchanged after 40 minutes. The Bears rallied in the third period, but Plattsburgh had the first and last say. Hogg put Potsdam on the brink with a power-play goal at 7:04, but the Bears answered just 1:11 later. Guimond picked off a pass in front of the net and tucked it past Poreda. At 15:39, Potsdam made the most of its final power play. Horn picked up a loose puck at the right side of the goal and wristed into the top of the net to make it a 6-5 game at 15:44. Poreda made a few big saves in the last minutes and the Bears pulled Glander with 50 seconds remaining. With 13 seconds left, Philip Middleton fired the puck the length of the ice and cemented the Cardinals' win. Poreda made 39 saves to earn the victory. Glander allowed a goal and stopped 17 shots in 32:06 and was tagged with the loss. Green made 16 stops and allowed five goals in the first 27:03. Plattsburgh was 2-for-6 on the power play and the Bears finished 1-for-5. Potsdam returns home tomorrow to host No. 4 Hobart College at 7 p.m.