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Potsdam scores two in the third, rallies to top Buffalo State

— Potsdam scored two goals in the third period for a come from behind 3-2 victory over Buffalo State Friday night.

The Bengals took an early 2-0 lead, but were unable to hang on.

“I love our kids,” Potsdam coach Chris Bernard said. “They never give up. I’m so satisfied to see them get rewarded tonight.”

“We turned the puck over a lot (and) we took a lot of penalties,” Buffalo State coach Nick Carriere said. “We faced a pretty fast team against Potsdam. They threw a lot of pucks at our ‘D’ and I don’t think our defensemen dealt very well with that.”

Drew Klin drew first blood at the 1:12 mark when his shot appeared to be stopped by Dylan Ellis, but it squeezed through his five-hole and ever so slowly trickled across the goal line.

At the 12:34 mark, with the teams skating four aside, Andrew Orange scored thanks to a lucky bounce. On the right side, he saw an opening to the far side, but his shot was going wide. However, it glanced off a defender’s body, deflecting it back in the proper direction for a goal.

Potsdam got one back, scoring their first conference power-play goal of the season. Buffalo State’s James Durham lost his stick, so it was virtually a two-man advantage for Potsdam. They took advantage of it by spreading themselves out, quickly passing the puck around. It paid off when Sy Nutkevitch fed Mike Arnold down low on a difficult angle. Arnold quickly released a one-timer which beat Kevin Carr at 15:05.

“It was a broken play,” Carriere said. “In a desperation move, one of our defenders lunged at the puck, and they passed it to the open guy who one-timed it in through the five-hole.”

The second period was scoreless, but not without many opportunities for both teams. Both goaltenders were very strong in net.

Buffalo State tried hard to get the insurance goal in the third period, forcing Ellis to make one tough save after another. Ellis wound up with 31 saves on the night.

“He gives us a chance to win every night,” Bernard said. “I have a lot of confidence in him.”

“We were trying to generate some more offense,” Carriere said. “I thought we had some good chances in the third to go up by two.”

Potsdam caught a break on a quick turnaround in the neutral zone which sprang Nutkevitch on a two-on-one. Nutkevitch feigned the pass and rifled a wrist shot from between the circles that blew over the glove of Carr at 9:44.

“He’s the captain for a reason,” Bernard said. “We need him to play those types of games in order for us to have success. He’s probably at the top of the list of guys that are the most thrill to see.”

A few minutes later, Arnold pounced on a loose puck in the slot and blasted a shot over Carr’s glove at 13:12. Suddenly, a Bengals team looking for the insurance goal was now looking for the tying goal.

Buffalo State applied tremendous pressure in the waning minutes, but Potsdam and Ellis were able to withstand it.

Carr made 28 saves in the losing effort.

Potsdam (1-2-0, 2-2-0) goes to Fredonia tomorrow night.

Buffalo State (2-2-0) stays home to face Plattsburgh.

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