Skidmore edges Potsdam men's hockey, 4-3
Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 11:12 pm

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—For the second day in a row the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (5-8-1) rallied from a 3-0 deficit. This time however, a Skidmore College (6-6-2) goal with 1:01 left lifted the Thoroughbreds to a 4-3 win over the Bears. Freshman forward Todd Thomas scored twice for Potsdam, while fellow freshmen forwards Mike Riley and Matt Thompson each recorded two assists.

Skidmore came out strong, firing 18 first period shots on Bears freshman goalie Austin Keiser , while Potsdam managed just four. Dave Dupuis put the Thoroughbreds in front 1-0 at the 14:25 mark. Less than three minutes later Brad Schuler doubled the advantage and Skidmore led 2-0 at the first intermission.

Penalties filled the first half of the second period and Skidmore took advantage. Jack Even scored an unassisted goal at 11:50 to give the Thoroughbreds a three-goal lead. Skidmore then took two quick penalties and the Bears made them pay with a five-on-three power play. Sophomore forward Ken Simon got Potsdam on the board at 17:11. Juniors Nick Avgerinos and Adam Place assisted on the goal. The Bears trailed 3-1 after 40 minutes.

The score remained the same until the 10:26 mark when Thomas exploded for his two tallies in just 22 seconds to tie the score at 3-3. The game appeared to be headed for overtime when Schuler notched his second of the game at 18:59. Potsdam Head Coach Chris Bernard pulled Keiser after the goal, but the Bears were unable to find the equalizer.

Keiser finished with 35 saves, while Skidmore goalie Ben Freiberg stopped 21 shots for the win. The Thoroughbreds outshot Potsdam 39-34 on the afternoon. Skidmore was 1-7 on the power play and the Bears were 1-4.

Potsdam is back in action next weekend with two games in Massachusetts. The Bears battle Western New England in Springfield at 7:15 p.m. on Friday and Becker in Worcester at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.