Red Dragons double up Bears, 4-2
OTSDAM, N.Y.—SUNY Cortland (5-8, 3-6 SUNYAC) rallied for a 4-2 victory over the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (7-4-1, 3-4) on Saturday night. Freshman forward Jacob Juron (Latham, N.Y./South Shore Kings) and senior captain Kyle Thacker (Mississauga, Ontario/North York Rangers) each scored for the Bears.
Potsdam jumped in front just 2:52 into the contest. Freshman defensemen Jon Venter (Guilford, Conn./Syracuse Stars) started a breakout with a pass ahead to freshman forward Brett Horn (Cary, N.C./Humboldt Broncos). Horn fed Juron in the neutral zone and he fired from the left faceoff circle. Red Dragons senior goalie Drew Weigman (Annapolis, Md./Northern Cyclones) got a piece of the shot but not enough as it trickled over the line. The Bears held the lead until the 14:30 mark, when Cortland broke out for three goals in 4:13. Junior forward Mike Crowley (Buffalo, N.Y./Springfield Blues) tied the game to start the run. Freshman forward Scott Donahue (Commack, N.Y./Boston Bandits) put the Red Dragons up at 15:37 and senior forward Tommy Nolan (Mahopac, N.Y./Connecticut Oilers) made it 3-1 at 18:43 with a wrap around.The teams matched each other with 13 shots in the second period, but the goals didn't come until late. Potsdam killed consecutive power plays early in the second period and wasn't able to convert on its first of the game midway through. At the 16:40 mark, Bears senior goalie Brendan McMenimen (Merrimack, Mass./Islanders Hockey Club) stopped two shots before senior defenseman Paul Fregeau (Los Angeles, Calif./Des Moines Buccaneers) knocked home a third in the middle of a scrum. Two minutes later, Potsdam went on its second power play and made the most of it. Senior forward Joey Gilhooly (Brooklyn, N.Y./New York Bobcats) fired a shot off Weigman's pads and Thacker was waiting at the right side of the net to knock it home. The Bears trailed 4-2 after 40 minutes.
Potsdam gained momentum early in the third period with another power play. The Bears generated good pressure and moved the puck well, but Weigman and his defense kept them from closing the gap. Potsdam continued to create chances, but remained frustrated as time wound down. The last few minutes saw overlapping penalties that made the game even more wide open. The Bears pulled McMenimen with 1:23 remaining, but were unable to score.
Weigman made 40 saves to earn the win and McMenimen finished with 28 stops. Potsdam outshot Cortland 42-32 and was 1-for-5 on the power play. The Red Dragons finished 0-for-4.
The Bears are now off until Jan. 5, when they host Nazareth for a two-game series.