Potsdam Goalie Posts Shutout In Debut
POTSDAM -Freshman goaltender Connor Green (Newport Richey, Fla./Tampa Bay Juniors) made 20 saves for a shutout in his first collegiate start as the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (1-4-1, 1-4-1 SUNYAC) defeated SUNY Fredonia (1-3-1, 0-3-1) 1-0 on Saturday night. Junior forward Joey Sollazzo (Ottawa, Ontario/Navan Grads) netted the game-winner in the first period.
Potsdam held the edge in play in the opening period, outshooting the Blue Devils 16-3. The play was more even territorially, but the Bears blocked numerous shot attempts. Fredonia senior goalie Anton Rosén (Orsa, Sweden/Northwood) stopped several quality chances to keep the game scoreless until the final minute. With about 45 seconds left, freshman defenseman Ryan Leith (Warwick, N.Y./New York Apple Core) gloved down a clearing attempt at center ice and hit Sollazzo as he entered the Blue Devils' zone. His first shot attempt was blocked, but he picked up the puck behind the net and beat Rosén with a wrap around with 24 seconds left. The assist gave Lieth his first collegiate point. The Bears led 1-0 after one.
The Blue Devils were called for tripping just 1:05 into the second period. Fredonia killed the penalty, but the Potsdam's momentum carried over the next five minutes. Rosén continued to make key saves hold it to a one-goal contest. Another Fredonia penalty with 12 minutes to go in the period didn't give the Blue Devils any relief, but they were able to kill it as well and Rosén made a huge save on a two-on-one. Seconds later Potsdam was called for its second penalty of the contest and the Blue Devils created their first sustained pressure of the game. Green answered the challenge and Fredonia didn't get on the board during its man advantage. The teams continued to trade power plays the rest of the period, but it was still 1-0 Potsdam after 40 minutes.
The third period was evenly contested. The teams opened the final stanza with coincidental minors. Midway through, the Blue Devils killed off Potsdam's sixth power play of the night and followed it up with two in-a-row of their own. Green made several difficult saves during the stretch and with the help of his defense, emerged unscathed. With 1:14 remaining, Fredonia pulled Rosén for an extra attacker. The Bears allowed just one shot the rest of the way and Green handled it to cement the victory.
Rosén was the tough luck loser, making 35 saves on the night. Potsdam outshot Fredonia 36-20. The Bears were 0-for-6 on the power play and the Blue Devils were 0-for-5.
Potsdam heads to Plattsburgh State next Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Cardinals.