No. 7 Hobart downs Bears, 3-1
MASSENA, N.Y.—Seventh-ranked Hobart College (8-0-2) scored two second period goals to break a 1-1 tie and down the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (3-5) 3-1 at Massena Arena on Sunday afternoon. Senior forward Bobby Hannah had three assists to lead the Statesmen and freshman forward Matt Thompson scored for the Bears.
Potsdam built early momentum, putting four shots on Hobart senior goalie Marty Ausserhofer before the Statesmen got their first. However, it was the Statesmen that drew first blood at 9:25 of the opening period. Sophomore defenseman Ryan Michel wristed a shot from the point that floated past screened Potsdam junior goalie Shane Talarico and into the upper right corner of the net. Hannah and senior forward Frank Salituro recorded the assists. The Bears answered less than four minutes later as Thompson picked up a loose puck in front of Hobart's net and roofed it over Ausserhofer. Freshman forward Billy Pascalli assisted on the goal. The Statesmen got the momentum back as they went on the power play with 1:09 left in the period. Hobart pelted Talarico with the last five shots of the stanza, but went into the break still tied at 1-1.
The Bears managed to kill the penalty after two more Statesmen shots to start the second 20 minutes, but the pressure continued. At 1:58, first-year forward Mac Olson picked up a pass in front of Potsdam's goal and beat Talarico five-hole for the eventual game-winner. Hanna and senior defenseman Harry Radovich each registered assists on the play. Hobart slowed down Potsdam's offense for much of the rest of the contest and added an insurance marker on the man advantage at 8:17. Michel fired a shot from the right point and Salituro tipped it past Talarico to close the scoring in the contest. Hannah notched the second assist.
Hobart never relinquished control of the contest in the third period, maintaining possession of the puck and outshooting the Bears 15-9. With 57 seconds remaining, Talarico was pulled for an extra attacker, but Potsdam was unable to draw any closer.
Talarico finished with 35 saves in his first collegiate start. Ausserhofer finished with 33 saves to earn the victory. The Statesmen went 1-2 on the power play, while the Bears were 0-1.
Potsdam is back in action next weekend as they head to Central New York to face top-ranked Oswego at 7 p.m. on Friday and Cortland at the same time on Saturday.