Elmira Downs SUNY Potsdam, 3-2, For First Win of 2018-19 Campaign

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Score: Elmira College 3, SUNY Potsdam 2
Records: Elmira (1-2-0), SUNY Potsdam (2-1-0)
Location: Maxcy Ice Arena – Potsdam, N.Y.
POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Despite a lopsided margin in shots on goal, the Elmira College men's ice hockey team was able to secure its first win of the 2018-19 campaign with an impressive 3-2 road victory over SUNY Potsdam on Tuesday night.
The Bears outshot the Soaring Eagles, 40-21, but Elmira's Gennaro Anzevino '21 stepped up in net for the Purple and Gold by making 38 saves en route to his first win of the season. Anzevino made double-digit saves in each of the three periods, including a 16-save effort in the second period and another 12-save performance in the third frame to ensure the victory.
Offensively, the Soaring Eagles received a standout performance from second-year defenseman Ryan Blais '21, who scored a pair of goals, one of which came on the power play. EC's Connor Powell '20 played the hero though, as the Merrimack, New Hampshire, native netted the game-winning goal midway through the third period.
Third-year skaters Andrew Pucci '20 and Anthony Parrucci '20 each finished with an assist, while Matthew Cuce '20 and Nick Ford '20 were credited with two assists apiece. Cuce and Ford produced assists on EC's power-play and game-winning goals.  
Although Potsdam was the aggressor in terms of generating offense, the Soaring Eagles would make the most of their chances in the opening 20 minutes of regulation behind a pair of first-period goals by Blais.
Blais opened the scoring with his first goal of the season at 12:47 on assists from Pucci and Parrucci. Then, just over two minutes later, Blais netted his second of the game on an Elmira power-play opportunity to give the Soaring Eagles a 2-0 lead. Assisting on the power-play score were Cuce and Ford. The two goals from Blais sent the Purple and Gold into the first intermission with a two-goal advantage.
Elmira's two-goal lead dissolved in the second stanza thanks to a pair of Potsdam goals by Mike Sweeney and Joseph Richardson, both of which were their first goals of the season. Sweeney scored first for the Bears at 8:33 on the power play, while Richardson leveled the contest with an even-strength tally at 12:12.
Richardson's goal held up through the end of the second period and midway through the third period, until Powell delivered the game-winning score at 13:51. Cuce and Ford were credited with assists on the game-winning tally, which handed the Bears their first loss of the season.

In His Own Words…
Head Coach Aaron Saul '98 talks about the importance of getting a tough road win tonight…
"Road wins are always tough and we really needed a win before heading into league play. Potsdam is a hard-working team and tough to play against."
Coach Saul reflects on Anzevino's play between the pipes…
"Gennaro was great tonight. He had some really big saves on the two 5v3 penalty kills. He was also very strong at the start of the game."
Coach Saul shares his thoughts on getting production from the blue line…
"We talk to our team about the 'D' getting involved often and it paid off tonight."
News and Notes

  • Elmira secured its first win of the 2018-19 campaign.
  • Elmira improved to 44-9-1 all-time against SUNY Potsdam.
  • The Soaring Eagles are 8-1-1 in the last 10 matchups against the Bears.
  • EC went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Potsdam finished 1-for-5.
  • Blais matched his goal total from his freshman year with two tallies tonight.
  • The two goals by Blais are a career best.
  • Cuce and Ford each finished with two assists apiece.
  • Powell scored the sixth game-winning goal of his collegiate career.
  • Anzevino's 38 saves were a season high and the fourth-highest single-game total of his EC career.

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