Men's hockey: Buffalo State rallies past Potsdam
It was just the start that the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey was seeking—a two-goal cushion—strengthened by team captain Mike Arnold (Didsbury, Alberta / Kingston Voyageurs).
But, it would not hold as the Bears faltered late on the road to Buffalo State 3-2 in an ECAC West game on Friday evening.
Sophomore forward Billy Pascalli (Deer Park ,N.Y. / New York Bobcats) added to the lead at 12:12 in the first period on assists from junior defender Erick Ware (Huntsville, Ala. / Kenai River Brown Bears) and senior forward Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario / Bowmanville Eagles). It was Arnold's 32nd career goal in 66 games.
"We came out with energy and we had the work ethic," said Potsdam coach Chris Bernard. We just failed to convert on scoring opportunities. We make no excuses to each other and to our fans. We just need to find a way to manufactor offense and get some wins."
The Bengals (3-2 overall, 3-2 ECAC West) took advantage of the power play, scoring on two such opportunities early in the second period by Dan Turgeon and once again in the third period on what would be the eventual game-winner by Ryan Salkeld. Taylor McGraw scored first for Buffalo State while Kevin Carr made 39 saves.
Potsdam (0-5 overall, 0-4 ECAC West) stayed tight throughout behind the play of sophomore goal tender Austin Keiser (Dunwoody, Ga. / Boston Bulldogs), who made 28 saves. Keiser was the hard-luck loser and dropped to 0-3.
Potsdam will travel to SUNY Fredonia to take on the Blue Devils Saturday at 7 p.m.