Bears Women's Hockey and Red Dragons battle to 1-1 tie
CORTLAND, N.Y.- The SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (3-2-1, 1-2-1 NEWHL) and SUNY Cortland (2-2-2, 1-2-1 NEWHL) battled to a 1-1 tie Saturday afternoon. Senior forward Taylor Marcellus (Waddington, N.Y./Ontario Hockey Academy) scored the lone goal for the Bears, while freshman goalie Samantha White (Oceanside, Calif./Anaheim Lady Ducks) stopped 29 shots in the tie.
The Red Dragons made the most of an early penalty on Potsdam at 3:16. After three saves from White, Cortland found the back of the net, with a power-play goal from Miranda Kolb with assists from Charlie Calamari and Emily King. The Red Dragons kept the pressure for the rest of the period with 14 total shots to the Bears' six, but the score remained 1-0 in favor of Cortland.Potsdam picked up play in the offensive end during the second stanza and got off 10 shots at Cortland goalie Rachael Farmer, but none crossed the goalie line. The Red Dragons had seven shots that got to White and she held them off to keep the Bears within one goal going into the final period.
Play was even throughout the last 20 minutes of play, before the Bears finally got the tying goal with just over 30 seconds remaining. Potsdam pulled White from an extra attacker and the move ended in the Bears favor. Marcellus scored her second goal in two games at 19:27 with junior forward Jenna Patterson (Boissevain, Manitoba/Westman Wildcats) and freshman forward Natalie Wasielewski (Carnegie, PA./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) assisting on the goal. Potsdam got one more chance on Farmer, but she made the save and the teams headed into overtime.
The Bears held the advantage in the overtime with shots 2-1, but after five minutes play the contest ended in a 1-1 tie.
Farmer finished with 27 saves.
The Red Dragons held the slight advantage over Potsdam in shots, 30- 28. The Bears were 0-for-4 in the power play, while Cortland was 1-for-4.
Potsdam will split their weekend again with Morrisville home on Friday at 6 p.m. Then the Bears will travel down to battle on the Mustangs' home ice Saturday at 1 p.m.