Ott named ECAC West Rookie of the Year, Tardelli, Brittany Lucky earn conference honors


POTSDAM, N.Y.—Three SUNY Potsdam women's hockey players have earned All-ECAC West honors for the 2013-14 season. Freshman forward Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y./Rochester Edge) was voted the conference's Rookie of the Year as well as being named to the second and all-rookie teams. Senior captain Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario/Ottawa Senators) garnered honorable mention status, while freshman goaltender Abby Tardelli (Potsdam, N.Y./North Country Ice Storm) earned a spot on the conference's all-rookie team.

Ott got off to a torrid pace with two points in the season opener and never slowed down. She had 12 multiple point games and two hat tricks en route to a Bears' single-season record 36 points. She also set Potsdam single-season marks in goals (22) and power-play goals (9). Ott is sixth in the nation in scoring, second among rookies, with 1.50 points-per-game. She is also second nationally in goals-per-game (0.92) and power-play goals.

Lucky is fourth on the team in scoring this year with three goals and Bears' record 22 assists for 25 points. The senior's average of 1.00 points-per-game is fourth best in the nation among defenseman and her 0.88 assists-per-game place her eighth in the NCAA. Lucky leads the ECAC West in conference assists (16) and power-play points (11) and is second in scoring by defenseman (2g, 16a, 18pts). She is fourth on Potsdam's all-time scoring list with 15 goals and 44 assists for 59 points in 100 games.

Tardelli put up strong numbers in her rookie season with the Bears. On Nov. 2, the Potsdam native got the start in between the pipes in her hometown as the College re-opened newly renovated Maxcy Ice Arena. She stopped all 20 shots she faced in 31:15 against Saint Michael's despite getting a no-decision. She then earned her first collegiate win and shutout on Dec. 6, blanking the very same Purple Knights 2-0 with 19 saves. She finished the regular season with a 2-5 record in six starts, a 3.79 goals-against-average and a .892 save percentage.

The Bears (12-9-4, 7-5-4 ECAC West) return to the postseason for the third straight year this weekend when they head back to the Utica Auditorium to face Utica College in the first round of the playoffs. The teams square off at noon on Sunday, March 2, with a trip to the ECAC West semifinals at Plattsburgh on the line.