Late goal thwarts Bears men's hockey comeback at Fredonia, 4-3
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 8:27 am

FREDONIA, N.Y.—SUNY Fredonia (12-6-4, 6-5-2 SUNYAC) scored with 2:41 remaining to defeat the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (7-14-1, 3-9-1) 4-3 after the Bears had rallied from a 3-0 deficit on Friday evening. Senior captain Mike Sweeney (Pittsburgh, Pa./PAL Islanders) scored twice for Potsdam and junior forward Bryce Ferrell (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres) also picked up a goal.

The Blue Devils controlled the first period, outshooting the Bears 18-9. The pressure resulted in the first two goals of the game. Jimmy Morgan opened the scoring with a power-play marker at 4:17. Nearly 10 minutes later, Max Blitz made it 2-0 with a goal at 14:01. Fredonia to the 2-0 lead into the break.

Todd Schauss struck just 43 second into the second period and the Bears were on the ropes. Sweeney halted the momentum exactly two minutes later with helpers from junior forward Anthony Merante (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Thorold Blackhawks) and freshman forward Devin Panzeca (Lake Zurich, Ill./East Coast Wizards). After trading multiple penalties throughout the middle of the period, Potsdam went on a 5-on-3 power play at 18:55 and made the most of it. Ferrell made it 3-2 at 19:31 with assists from junior defenseman Sean Winikates (Phoenix, Ariz./Philadelphia Jr. Flyers) and junior forward Tyler Young (Massena, N.Y./Kanata Lasers). Sweeney then tied the game 22 seconds later, this time with assists from Panzeca and junior assistant captain Vincent Guimond (Sorel-Tracy, Quebec/Gloucester Rangers). Potsdam fired 16 shots on Blue Devil goalie Eric Bogard during the second while allowing just five on senior assistant captain Nate Skidmore (Syracuse, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres.

The Bears continued to outshoot Fredonia in the third period, by a 13-7 advantage. However, it was Victor Tracy scoring the decisive goal at 17:19. Potsdam pulled Skidmore with 1:40 remaining, but was unable to tie the score.

Skidmore finished with 26 goals, while Bogart made 35 stops to claim the win. The Bears were 2-for-5 on the power play and the Blue Devils were 1-for-3.

Potsdam heads to Buffalo State for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Bengals tomorrow night.