Big rally lifts Bears over Bengals, 5-4


MASSENA, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (3-2, 2-2 SUNYAC) scored four third period goals and got a hat trick from junior assistant captain Mike Arnold to defeat Buffalo State (2-4-1, 1-3-1) 5-4 at Massena Arena on Saturday night. Arnold (3-1-4) and junior forward Adam Place (1-3-4) each had four-point nights and freshman goalie Austin Keiser made 29 saves to earn his second career victory.

Junior forward Mike Zanella gave the Bengals a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at the 10:10 mark of the first period. Arnold responded a with a man-advantage tally of his own at 14:02 with an assist from Place. The score remained 1-1 at the intermission.

Zanella put Buffalo State up 2-1 at 7:49 of the second period with an even strength goal. The teams traded penalties through middle of the period, before the Bengals struck again. Seventeen seconds into Buffalo State's fifth power play, senior forward Trevor McKinney made it 3-1 and the Bengals took the two-goal advantage into the second break.

The craziness started with a power-play goal from Place just 20 seconds into the third period. Junior defenseman Kevin Carpenter and Arnold recorded the assists. At 8:51, junior forward Shane Avery put the Bengals up 4-2. Three minutes later, Arnold answered with another power-play marker on assists from Place and sophomore forward Trevor Cope. It took just 25 more seconds for freshman forward Matt Thompson to knot the score at 4-4 for with his first collegiate goal. Freshman forward Billy Pascalli and sophomore forward Ken Simon notched the assists on the play. After a series of penalties, Potsdam made the most of a five-on-three power play. Arnold netted the game-winner with just 1:32 remaining on Place's third assist of the night. Buffalo State pulled junior goalie Kevin Carr with 55 seconds left, but was unable to tie the score.

Carr finished with 38 saves on the night. Potsdam outshot the Bengals 43-33 and was 4-7 on the power play. Buffalo State was 2-7 on the man advantage.

The Bears are now 28-10-3 in the all-time series with the Bengals and have won three of the last four meetings.

Potsdam hits the road for the first time this season with games at Brockport and Geneseo next weekend. The Bears face the Golden Eagles at 7 p.m. on Friday and the Ice Knights at the same time on Saturday.