RUTLAND, VT.—Junior assistant captain Mike Arnold scored with 36 seconds remaining to help the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (5-7-1) a 3-3 tie at Castleton State (7-5-2) on Friday night. The Bears, who also received goals from junior forward Adam Place and senior captain Matt Viola, trailed 3-0 at the start of the third period.
The Spartans grabbed a 1-0 lead on the power play at 6:39 of the opening stanza with a marker from Ryan Frost. Castleton outshot the Bears 9-7 and held the advantage into the intermission.
At 6:20 of the second period, Russ Herzog made the most of a short-handed opportunity to double the Spartan lead. Eight minutes later, Ben Shoenberger scored an even strength goal l to give Castleton a comfortable 3-0 cushion headed into the second break.
Just 2:09 into the final period, Place ignited the comeback with a Potsdam power-play tally. Junior forward Zach Blake and freshman forward Billy Pascalli each assisted on the goal. At 7:07, Viola cut the lead to 3-2 with an even-strength goal on helpers from freshman forward Mike Riley and sophomore forward Trevor Cope. With 47 seconds left, Bears Head Coach Chris Bernard pulled freshman goaltender Austin Keiser for an extra skater. Arnold struck for the game-tying goal at 19:24. Cope and Place notched the final assists.
In overtime, Castleton outshot the Bears 2-0, but Keiser handled both attempts to seal the draw.
Keiser made 28 saves, while Spartan goalie Thomas Shelley finished with 30 saves. Castleton outshot the Bears 32-29 on the night. The Spartans were 1-7 on the power play and Potsdam finished 1-9.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow afternoon as they travel to Saratoga Springs to take on the Skidmore Thoroughbreds at 4 p.m.