Salvarinas, Bears blank Red Dragons, 2-0
POTSDAM, N.Y.—Junior goalie Dawna Salvarinas stopped all 28 shots she faced to record her third career shutout as the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (2-7, 2-5 ECAC West) downed SUNY Cortland (1-8, 1-5) 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Cheel Arena. Junior assistant captain Jenn Crawford and freshman forward Rachel Grefke (Livonia, Mich./Victory Honda) each scored third period goals to lift the Bears.
The first period was marked by several swings in momentum. Potsdam came out of the gate with good pressure and several strong scoring chances, but Red Dragon freshman goalie Deanna Meunier held off Potsdam. After withstanding the charge, Cortland responded with one of their own. However, Salvarinas kept the game scoreless. At 11:16, the Red Dragons went on the power play. Off the ensuing faceoff, sophomore defenseman Abbie Adams rang the post with a shot from the point, but the Bears were able to kill off the penalty. Potsdam was unable capitalize on its only power play just minutes later and the teams went into the break scoreless.
It was more of the same in the second period as Potsdam fired the first three shots, but Meunier turned each aside. Cortland's best opportunity of the period came several minutes in as freshman forward Niamh O'Connor picked up a pass in the slot a fired a high shot stick-side on Salvarinas. The goaltender just got a piece of the puck with the knob of her stick and knocked it out of danger. With just over three minutes remaining in the second period, the Red Dragons went on their second power play, but only managed one shot on goal. The game remained scoreless after 40 minutes.
Potsdam finally broke the draw just 36 seconds into the final period. Crawford picked up the puck in the right face-off circle and stuck it top shelf over Meunier. Grefke struck at the 3:02 mark, beating Meunier five-hole on a shot from the slot. Freshman forward Natasha Allen assisted on the goal. Salvarinas shut the door the rest of the way, stopping 12 shots in the third period.
Meunier finished with 36 saves on the afternoon. The Bears outshot Cortland 38-28. The Red Dragons were 0-2 on the power play and Potsdam was 0-1.
The Bears are back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Clinton, N.Y. for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Hamilton Continentals.