PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Jan. 27, 2012) – It was a tale of two teams Friday night as the Potsdam Bears (6-11-2, 4-6-0 SUNYAC) came all the back from a 3-0 deficit before Barry Roytman's power-play goal with 3:30 left in the game gave the Plattsburgh State men's hockey team a 4-3 win over the Bears at the Stafford Ice Arena.
Roytman's Game-Winner Lifts Plattsburgh over Potsdam
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Jan 27, 2012
Plattsburgh (13-2-4, 8-1-1 SUNYAC) appeared to be in cruise control after three goals in the first period. Ryan Craig opened the scoring early in the first, knocking home a rebound off an Alex Jensen shot. Kyle Taylor made it 2-0 at the 9:42 mark from Jared Docking and Kyle Kudroch. Just 33 seconds later, Mike Cassidy gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. Jake Mooney and Vick Schlueter assisted on Cassidy's second of the year.
Midway through the second period, the Bears began to claw their way back into the game. Mike Arnold scored on the power-play at the 11:42 mark to cut the Plattsburgh lead to 3-1. Matt Viola picked up an assist on the goal.
Potsdam quickly capitalized on the swing of momentum as Erick Ware made it 3-2 just 42 seconds late from Dan McCamey and Viola. The Bears' leading scoring, Sy Nutkevitch, completed the comeback with just 29 seconds gone in the final stanza. With Potsdam again on the power-play, Nutkevitch fired a shot from the point that beat Plattsburgh goaltender Mathieu Cadieux, knotting the game at 3-3.
With tension mounting late in the third, Potsdam's Nick Avgerinos and Erick Ware took back-to-back penalties, giving the Cardinals a 5-on-3 power-play. Plattsburgh seized the opportunity as Roytman's shot from the top of the left circle found the back of the net to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead. Docking and Kudroch assisted on the game-winning goal.
Potsdam pulled goaltender Kevin McFarland for the extra attacker with a minute and a half remaining in regulation. The Bears were unable to score the equalizer while Vick Schlueter came close to scoring an empty-netter, hitting the right post in the final seconds of the game.
Despite being outshot by Potsdam 22-14 in the second period, Plattsburgh finished the night with a 44-35 advantage on the shot clock. The Bears were able to crack the Cardinals' penalty-kill unit, going 2-for-4 on the power-play. Plattsburgh was 1-for-6.
Cadieux recorded 32 saves to improve to 10-2-3. McFarland turned away 40 shots in the loss.
The Cardinals will host Fredonia and Buffalo State next weekend for the final two home games of the regular season. Plattsburgh host Fredonia on Friday before Buffalo State arrives on Saturday. Both games are set for 7 p.m.