Mustangs trample Bears in OT, 5-4

01.19.13

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Morrisville State (2-15-2, 2-8 SUNYAC) scored with one second left in overtime to defeat the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (6-10-1, 3-6) 5-4 in overtime on Saturday night. Nine different players scored in the contest.

Bears Sophomore forward Ken Simon opened the scoring just 1:28 into the contest with an assist from freshman forward Billy Pascalli. Nearly 10 minutes later, Mustang Anthony Scornaienchi tied the score with a power-play marker. Ryan Marcuz gave Morrisville its first lead at 15:10. At 17:17, Potsdam junior forward Zach Blake knotted the score at 2-2 and the game remained tied at the break. The Mustangs outshot the Bears 19-10 in the opening 20 minutes.

Zach Bayer put Morrisville back in front 19 seconds into the middle stanza, but the lead lasted just 1:41. Sophomore defenseman Erick Ware tied the game at 3-3 with assists from senior captains Brett Waters and Matt Viola at the 2:00 mark. With less than two minutes left, junior forward Adam Place regained the lead for the Bears with helpers from Viola and Blake.

The Mustangs controlled the third period, outshooting Potsdam 14-8. Steve Dol got Morrisville even at 4-4 at 3:15 of the third period. In overtime, the Mustangs went on a five-minute power play and capitalized with one tick left. Jamie Nelson a pushed loose puck over the line as time expired.

Freshman goalie Austin Keyser made 42 saves for Potsdam. Christopher Azzano allowed four goals and made 17 saves in the first 40 minutes for the Mustangs. Jakob Rasmussen earned the win in relief, stopping all 11 shots he faced in the final 24:59.

The Bears look to bounce back tomorrow afternoon against Hamilton College at 4 p.m.