POTSDAM, N.Y. – The nationally-regarded Plattsburgh State men's ice hockey team beat SUNY Potsdam, 3-2, 3:22 into overtime on sophomore Jakob Engvall's (Jonkoping, Sweden/Ogden Mustangs) slapshot in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play at the Maxcy Ice Arena on Friday. The Cardinals, who are now unbeaten in nine straight games, improve to 14-8-1 overall and 9-4-1 in the league, while the Bears are 6-15-2 and 1-12-1. Plattsburgh State is receiving votes toward the latest U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division III national poll.
In addition to Engvall's overtime winner, junior Ayrton Valente (Woodbridge, Ontario/Mississauga Chargers) and freshman Joe Drabin (Rochester, N.Y./Wenatchee Wild) also scored for Plattsburgh State. Five Cardinals assisted and sophomore Ross Sloan (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Blades) won 16 faceoffs. Senior Brady Rouleau (Fort Macleod, Alberta/Quinnipiac) stopped 28 shots for the win.
Potsdam junior Kyle Thacker and freshman Tyler Young both scored with junior Dylan Vander Esch and freshman Bryce Ferrell assisting. Senior Vinny Caligiuri and freshman Nick Keck both won 10 draws. Junior Brendan McMenimen collected 45 saves in net.
Plattsburgh State led shots, 11-7, and went 0-for-3 on the power play during a scoreless first period. The Bears then took the game's first lead with an unassisted tally by Young at 2:16 of the second stanza. Valente buried the Cardinals' equalizer just 58 seconds later to pull the score at 1-1. Drabin added a power-play marker 2:44 later to give the visitors a 2-1 edge.
Potsdam pulled back even at 2-2 as Thacker scored from Ferrell and Vander Esch at 2:43 of the third period. The sides then went scoreless during the remainder of regulation and Plattsburgh State went into the extra session for only the second time this season. In overtime, Cardinal sophomore Jesse Neher (Calgary, Alberta/Cowichen Valley Capitals) peppered two shots on McMenimen before freshman Antoine Fournier-Gosselin (Saint-Lazare, Quebec/Cegep deSaint-Laurent) had his point shot stuffed. Sophomore Cam Owens (Wilmington, Mass./Islanders Hockey Club) then fed up to Engvall, whose point shot through traffic went into the right side for the game winner.
Plattsburgh State wraps up its regular season with two road games next weekend, beginning with No. 6 SUNY Geneseo on Friday at 7 p.m. The Cardinals are currently second in the regular-season standings.