Mustangs sprint past Bears men's hockey in third for 5-3 win
POTSDAM, N.Y.—Morrisville State (4-11-1, 2-7 SUNYAC) scored four third period goals to erase a 3-1 deficit and capture a 5-3 win over the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (6-11, 2-6) on Friday night. Junior forward Tyler Young (Massena, N.Y./Kanata Lasers), junior forward Bryce Ferrell (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres) and freshman forward Devin Panzeca (Lake Zurich, Ill./East Coast Wizards) each scored for the Bears.
After an even half of the first period, Potsdam jumped out in front. Ferrell was upended at the blue line, but the loose puck turned into a give-and-go between Young and junior forward Anthony Merante (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Thorold Blackhawks). Young then beat Mustangs junior goalie Jared Young (Pueblo West, Colo./Dells Duck) at 9:45 to make it 1-0. Ferrell notched the second assist on the play. The goal gave the Bears momentum, but they weren't able to add to the lead. After coincidental penalties and a hooking call against the Potsdam, Morrisville tied the game. At 18:42, senior forward Jimmy Philbin (Chicago, Ill./Mattawa Blackhawks) caught a pass in the slot and buried it. The Bears outshot the Mustangs 16-7 in the period, but were tied heading into the first break.Potsdam controlled the play in the second period despite allowing three power plays. The Bears outshot Morrisville 14-4 and jumped back in front with a power-play marker from Ferrell at 11:01. Sophomore forward Brett Horn (Cary, N.C./Humboldt Broncos) and Young earned the assists. Potsdam took the 2-1 lead into the final intermission.
The third period started strong for the Bears as Panzeca tipped a shot from sophomore defenseman Joseph Richardson (Palm Beach, Fla./PAL Islanders) past Young for a 3-1 advantage. However, it was nearly all Mustangs after the goal. After a holding call against Potsdam, freshman forward Ben Sprague (Norfolk, N.Y./Syracuse Jr. Stars) netted a power-play goal to close to within 3-2. Junior forward Nick DeVito (Averill Park, N.Y./Wellington Dukes) scored the final three goals of the game. He started with another power-play goal at 9:04. At 11:36 he buried the game-winner and with 4:02 left he gave Morrisville insurance to complete the hat trick.
Bears junior assistant captain Nate Skidmore (Syracuse, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres) finished with 20 saves, while Young earned the win with 39 stops. Potsdam outshot the Mustangs 42-25 and was 2-for-5 on the man advantage. Morrisville finished 3-for-6 on the power play.
The Bears host the Mustangs again at 3 p.m. tomorrow to wrap up the season series.