Bears fend off Bengals, 4-3
POTSDAM, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (9-13-2, 5-9-1 ECAC West) held off Buffalo State (6-17-1, 3-12 ECAC West) to claim the 4-3 victory Saturday night. Freshman forward Sally Mooney scored the game-winning goal 8:21 into the second period to secure the decision. Junior forward Amanda Lucky recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Bears with two points (1g-1a-2pts).
Potsdam was the first to strike as Lucky received a pass from sophomore forward Izzy Fayerman at the 12:49 mark in the first period. Buffalo State would answer one minute later when senior forward Tara Boliard stole a pass and buried the puck to notch the game at 1-1. At the 15:14 mark, Alexandra Holowka connected on a shot assisted by sophomore forward Emilee Hazelden and freshman defender Kristen Domanski. Once again, the Bengals responded as freshman defenseman Nikki Kirchberger beat junior goalie Dawna Salvarinas just 23 seconds later to tie the game 2-2 at the end of the first period.
The Bears continued to find the back of net in the second period. Junior forward Jessica Silveira scored at the 7:17 mark. The Lucky sisters, Amanda and junior captain Brittany, recorded the assists on the play. Mooney then beat junior goalie Jordan Lee to notch the deciding marker a minute later. Buffalo State remained persistent and a late goal by sophomore forward Kara Goodwin brought the Bengals within one goal of Potsdam after the second period.
The final stanza was tightly contest with the Bears edging Buffalo State in shots, 9-7. Potsdam made the switch in goal to senior goalie Jen Conophy to start the third period. The Bears took two penalties midway through the period but were able to kill the Buffalo State power play opportunities. With 35 ticks remaining on the clock, the Bengals pulled Lee for the extra attacker. However, Conophy and the Potsdam defense would hold off the barrage to secure the win.
Salvarinas recorded 16 saves and Conophy tallied seven in relief. Lee finished with 33 saves for the Bengals. Potsdam was 0-3 on the power play and Buffalo State went 0-4 on the man advantage.
Potsdam returns to Cheel Arena tomorrow to conclude their series with Buffalo State at 2 p.m. The Bears clinch a playoff spot with a victory tomorrow and a Neumann loss to Plattsburgh will move Potsdam into fifth place. A loss would eliminate the Bears from playoff contention.