No. 4 Cardinals rally past Bears, 6-4
MASSENA, N.Y.—The fourth-ranked Plattsburgh State Cardinals (2-0, 2-0 SUNYAC) scored four second period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and hand the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (2-1, 1-1) a 6-4 defeat at Massena Arena on Saturday night. Ten different players scored in the contest.
The Bears started with two quick goals. Just over a minute into the game freshman forward Billy Pascalli tucked the rebound off a shot from sophomore defenseman Erick Ware under Cardinals senior goalie Josh Leis for a 1-0 advantage. Junior assistant captain Mike Arnold recorded the second assist on the play. At the 9:49 mark, sophomore forward Ken Simon beat an out of position Leis after the puck was deflected in front and the Bears led 2-0. Junior defenseman Kevin Carpenter and freshman forward Mike Riley assisted on the goal. Potsdam freshman goaltender Austin Keiser stopped all nine shots he faced in the first period.
Plattsburgh responded with a vengeance in the second period. Six minutes in, sophomore forward Alex Brenton tipped a shot from the point past Keiser to cut the gap to 2-1. At 11:35, sophomore forward Mark Constantine scored a power-play goal to knot the score at 2-2. Junior forward Nick Jensen scored another man-advantage tally to give the Cardinals the lead for good at 17:07. With just over a minute on the clock, senior forward Jared Docking had his own pass deflect back to him in front of the goal and found the back of the net for a short-handed tally and a 4-2 lead.
Three minutes into the final stanza, Arnold forced a Plattsburgh turnover at the blue line and took it home for a Bears short-handed goal. At the 12:51 mark, the Cardinals regained their two-goal lead on a goal from freshman forward Connor Gorman. Potsdam responded with a power-play marker at 18:09 as sophomore forward Trevor Cope wrapped the puck around Leis to make it 5-4. Pascalli and senior captain Brett Waters notched the assists. With 1:13 on the clock, Bears Head Coach Chris Bernard pulled Keiser for the attacker. However, Cardinals sophomore forward Alex Jensen sealed the win with an empty netter with 45 seconds on the clock.
Leis finished with 20 saves to earn the victory, while Keiser stopped 28 shots. Plattsburgh outshot Potsdam 34-24. The Cardinals were 2-7 on the power play and the Bears were 1-6.
Potsdam finishes its five-game home stand as Fredonia and Buffalo State invade Massena Arena next weekend. The Bears host the Blue Devils on Friday and the Bengals on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.