Purple Knights Come Up Short Against Potsdam, Fall 3-1

Purple Knights Come Up Short Against Potsdam, Fall 3-1

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team dropped its season opener to the State University of New York at Potsdam, 3-1, in Friday's non-conference matchup at Cairns Arena. 

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (0-1), SUNY Potsdam (1-0)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Sophomore Cameron Stewart (Sabattus, Maine/East Coast Wizards), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers), 1 assist
  • Senior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School), 18-for-25 in faceoffs
  • Senior Chris Johnson (Duxbury, Mass./Pomfret School), 28 saves

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Bryce Ferrell, 1 goal
  • Junior Nate Zweig, 1 goal
  • First-year Ethan Clark, 1 goal
  • Junior Sean Winikates, 1 assist
  • Sophomore Brett Horn, 1 assist
  • Sophomore Joseph Richardson, 4 blocks
  • Senior Nate Skidmore, 30 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Both teams ended the game with 31 shots apiece, while the Purple Knights held a 43-24 advantage in faceoffs.
  • This was the season opener for both the Purple Knights and the Bears and the first of a home-and-home weekend series between the two teams.

THE ACTION

  • The Bears started the scoring at the 8:46 mark in the first period when Zweig pilfered a Purple Knight defender's pass and backhanded a shot from the left hash mark past Johnson's shoulder to make it 1-0.
  • 10:45 into the second period the Bears tallied their second goal, this time on a 5-on-3 power play as Ferrell ripped a shot from the point that deflected off the shin of a Purple Knight defenseman and into the lower left corner.
  • The Purple Knights cut the deficit to one 15:36 into the third period when Narby corralled a loose puck above the left circle and rifled a pass through traffic to find Stewart on the back door for a tap-in goal.
  • The Purple Knights outshot the Bears 15-9 in the third period, including seven shots on frame in the final 3:10.
  • The Purple Knights pulled their goalie with 1:19 left in a last-chance bid to knot the score as Stewart put a close-range shot on Skidmore which was gathered by Clark and cleared down ice after a scramble in front of the net. Clark chased down the loose puck and tallied an empty-net goal to put the Bears up 3-1 with 26 seconds left.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at SUNY Potsdam, 7 p.m.