Continentals top Bears in OT, 3-2
CLINTON, N.Y.—For the second day in a row, the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (6-11-1) lost a heartbreaker in overtime. This afternoon it was Hamilton College's (5-8-3) Evan Haney spoiling the day for the Bears with a goal at 1:20 of the extra period. Freshman forward Billy Pascalli and junior forward Adam Place scored for Potsdam.
The Continentals controlled the play in the first period, outshooting the Bears 12-5. Potsdam freshman goalie Jon Hall and his counterpart Joe Quattrocchi both put up zeros after 20 minutes.
Haney scored the first of his two goals at 9:21 of the second period to put Hamilton up 1-0. After an interference call to Hamilton's Scott Vazquez at 13:49, Potsdam went on its third power play looking to tie the score. However, Pat Curtis made the most of a shorthanded opportunity to double the Continental's advantage. With 9.7 seconds remaining in the period, Pascalli cut the gap to 2-1 on the power play. Junior forward Zach Blake and freshman forward Mike Riley assisted on the goal.
Place evened the score just 1:15 into the final period with another power play tally. Senior captain Matt Viola and sophomore forward Trevor Cope recorded the assists on the play. The goaltenders were on their games over the rest of regulation as Hall turned aside 11 shots and Quattrochi stopped 13.
After a late Bears penalty, the Continentals entered overtime on the power play. The Bears killed the penalty, but Haney buried the game-winner three seconds after it expired.
Hall finished with 37 saves and Quattrochi sealed his fifth win with 30 on the afternoon. Potsdam was 2-7 on the man advantage and Hamilton was 0-9.
The Bears return to action on Friday when the travel to Plattsburgh to take on the ninth-ranked Cardinals at 7 p.m.