POTSDAM, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team earned a season-opening 3-3 draw at the State University of New York at Potsdam on Friday evening in Maxcy Ice Arena. The Bears were also beginning their campaign. The teams rematch tomorrow during the Purple Knights' home opener at 4 p.m.
Juniors Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School) and Patrick Doherty (Tewksbury, Mass./Middlesex Black Bears) and first-year Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) all scored for the Purple and Gold, with Mitchell potting his first goal as a collegian. D'Antuono also went 18-for-35 on faceoffs. Junior Jack Ouellette (Arlington, Mass./Dexter School) and first-year Andrew Olevitz (Winthrop, Mass./Northern Cyclones), both defensemen, recorded a pair of assists apiece, and sophomore Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School) had 35 saves in his third career start.
Junior Mike Sweeney had a goal and an assist for SUNY Potsdam, while sophomore Vinny Guimond and first-year Joey Sollazzo also tallied. Senior Brendan McMenimen made 25 stops.
After Saint Michael's fired the first four shots of the game, Sollazzo gave the Bears the lead just 5:07 into their season. McMenimen made two stops during a Purple Knight power play that began at 7:18 before Saint Michael's earned another man advantage in the final minute, eventually knotting the contest with four seconds left on Mitchell's power-play tally. Olevitz and junior Nic Hermary (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Melfort Mustangs) assisted.
Special teams again played a role in scoring during the second stanza, with both squads scoring on power plays. Sweeney gave the Bears the lead with an extra-man marker with 13:34 gone before D'Antuono tied the game at 16:10, with Ouellette and sophomore John Barry (South Boston, Mass./Deerfield Academy) earning assists. With 15 ticks remaining, Doherty found the net during a power play to put Saint Michael's in front. Olevitz and Ouellette both dished helpers.
Despite holding a 15-8 advantage in shots during the third period, SUNY Potsdam was able to get only one shot by Decker, Guimond's tying tally 7:27 into the frame. Saint Michael's was assessed a penalty at 17:58, and Decker made two saves on the ensuing power play before the Bears put a man in the box at 19:04. Decker made two more stops during the four-on-four before the visitors began overtime on a power play, and Olevitz rung the post during the first minute. Decker made a pair of stops after the Bears earned a man advantage, ultimately finishing with four saves in the extra session. D'Antuono sandwiched a shot on goal, his team's lone attempt in overtime, around the 3:30 mark.