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Women’s hockey wins highlight SUNY Potsdam sports week

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POTSDAM - A pair of weekend wins by the women’s hockey team highlighted the SUNY Potsdam winter sports action from last week.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The Bears picked up two important ECAC West victories over Chatham this past week.

Everything seemed to take a bit longer for the Potsdam (9-6-3, 5-3-3 ECAC West) on Saturday. The Bears overcame an hour and 15 minute delay due to missing officials, a fire alarm during play in the second period and a 3-2 deficit with 30 seconds left.

ECAC Rookie of the Week Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) tied the game in the final minute and won it with another goal just 31 seconds into overtime as Potsdam downed Chatham University (3-12-2, 2-8) 4-3 at Maxcy Ice Arena.

Freshman forward Amanda Peterson (West Chazy, N.Y.) and senior forward Jessica Silveira (Brampton, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) scored the other goals for the Bears. The victory moves Potsdam into a tie for 3rd place with Oswego in the ECAC West.

On Friday, Potsdam scored in the first minute of each period en route to a 2-0 victory over Chatham University (3-11-2, 2-7).

Seniors Amanda Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) and Jessica Silveira (Brampton, Ontario) each scored for the Bears. Sophomore goaltender Alexane Rodrigue (Monkland, Ontario) stopped all 17 shots that came her way for her second collegiate shutout.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The fourth-ranked Plattsburgh State Cardinals (15-2-2, 8-0-2 SUNYAC) scored four second period goals and held off a late charge from the SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team (6-11, 1-7) to capture a 4-2 victory at Maxcy Ice Arena on Friday night.

Sophomore forward Alex Brenton (Kanata, Ontario) scored twice to lead Plattsburgh. Sophomore forward Matt Thompson (Anchorage, Alaska) and senior forward Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario) each scored for the Bears.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Bears went 0-2 this past week.

On Saturday, two mini-stretches cost SUNY Potsdam for a chance to top SUNY Fredonia on the road in a conference game.

A pair of 10-0 runs, each about midway through each half, by the Blue Devils gave it the boost it needed to surpass the Bears for a 74-57 victory on Friday.

Senior guard Hannah Kmiecinski (Webster, N.Y.) made 5-10 field goals including 2-of-5 from beyond the arc for a season-best 14 points. She last scored that many points (14) on February 2, 2013, against SUNY Oneonta. Her career-high is 26 points against Morrisville back on Nov. 18, 2011.

But, Fredonia just had too many hot shooters as the Blue Devils connected on 54.5 percent of its shots for the game. Jaimie Warren scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Becky Hebert scored 18 and Sabrina Macauley added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Fredonia (9-5 overall, 4-4 SUNYAC).

On Saturday, Potsdam came out with just the type of start that it was seeking at conference leading Buffalo State.

A quick 7-0 lead sparked by a driving score and 3-pointer by Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y.) sandwiched around a layup from Chenice Russell (Moira, N.Y.).

Russell hit a jumper and Bailey Weigel got to the free throw line and made a pair of free throws to help steady an early lead at 11-5.

Everything was going right early on for Potsdam, but the Bears began turning the ball over and it quickly turned into a 19-point halftime deficit.

It was a deficit too large to make up as Potsdam lost to its conference game at Buffalo State 76-64 on Saturday afternoon at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.

Kouzan had 14 points and four steals. Weigel had 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal. Russell had nine points, four assists and four rebounds.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Bears went 0-2 this past week.

Through four lead changes and three ties, Potsdam and Buffalo State went back-and-forth trading baskets, but the Bengals preserved down the stretch to win 68-56 at Buffalo State Sports Arena on Saturday evening.

Potsdam enjoyed a four-point halftime lead and led by as many as eight into the second half.

With the game tied at 53 with 4:27 remaining, Buffalo State outscored Potsdam 15-3 to seal it.

Senior forward Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y.) just missed his seventh double-double of the season with 20 points on 8-15 shooting to go along with nine rebounds.

Zac Adams (Potsdam, N.Y.) made 7-12 shots for 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a block.

Brandon Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) started for the third game in a row and fifth time in his past six. He tied a season-best with 11 points and three steals, but most notably put up season bests of 12 rebounds and five assists. It marks his first double-double of the season and first since Feb. 9, 2013 against Brockport.

On Friday, Potsdam and Fredonia were seeking its first conference win of the season. But it was the Blue Devils’ Tyrone Clark, who had the deft shooting touch.

Clark, a senior guard who entered as SUNYAC’s fourth-highest scorer, shot 16-of-24 from the field with five 3-pointers to score a season-best 45 points in leading host Fredonia to a 87-61 win over Potsdam on Friday night. Clark also had eight steals and seven rebounds.

Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y.) led the Bears with a team-high 17 points on 7-11 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season in 12 games. Duquette entered ranked fourth in the conference with 9.4 bounds per game and 16th in the conference in scoring with 13.2 points a game.

Fredonia (4-11 overall, 1-7 SUNYAC) shot 53.6 percent from the field and was especially good from 3-point range as it made 12-20 from beyond the arc.

The Bears (2-13 overall, 0-8 SUNYAC) trailed just 32-24 at halftime, but that’s when Clark caught fire by scoring 29 consecutive points for the Blue Devils’ team.

SWIMMING/DIVING

In the one of the final tune ups before the SUNYAC swimming and diving championships begin in Buffalo from Feb. 19-22, the SUNY Potsdam men came away with a 171-122 victory against Saint Michael’s College while the women fell 175-109 at Maxcy Hall Pool Saturday afternoon.

Senior captain Richie Zimmerman (Victor, N.Y. ) continued to showcase his strong leadership by taking three individual events and teamed up with win a fourth event.

The four-year starter produced wins in the 100-yard backstroke (59.49), 500-yard freestyle (5:21.78), the 200 individual medley (2:11.88) and was a part of the 400-yard medley relay team that took first in 3:56.11.

The Bears added to their list of qualifiers for the SUNYAC championship as four swimmers reached benchmarks. Chris Carlini (100 breaststroke), Melissa Moreland (100 breaststroke), Kallee Frego (100 backstroke) and Chris Halsey (1,000 freestyle) all punched their ticket for a trip to the SUNYAC championships.

Other Potsdam winners from Saturday included Victoria Blakeslee (500 freestyle and 200 IM), Kristina Canjura (1,000 freestyle) and Kristina Blackstock (1-meter diving).

The Potsdam men winners included Tyler Zapisek (200 butterfly, 100 butterfly, and 100 freestyle), Ricky Blackburn (200 freestyle and 50 freestyle), Jeremy Rose (100 backstroke and 200 backstroke), Dan Costa (200 backstroke) and Tim Knapp (1-meter diving). Costa, Carlini, Joe Roger and Zapisek won the men’s 400 freestyle relay.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Senior captain Richie Zimmerman (Victor, N.Y. ) continued to showcase his strong leadership by taking three individual events and teamed up with win a fourth event against Saint Michael’s Saturday.

The four-year starter produced wins in the 100-yard backstroke (59.49), 500-yard freestyle (5:21.78), the 200 individual medley (2:11.88) and was a part of the 400-yard medley relay team that took first in 3:56.11.

ECAC Rookie of the Week Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) tied the game in the final minute and won it with another goal just 31 seconds into overtime as Potsdam downed Chatham University (3-12-2, 2-8) 4-3 at Maxcy Ice Arena on Saturday.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

The women’s hockey team will play at No. 1 nationally-ranked Plattsburgh State Saturday at 7 p.m.

The men’s hockey team will play at Brockport Friday and at SUNY Geneseo on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

The women’s and men’s basketball teams will host SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Oneonta on Friday and Saturday. Tip-offs are schedule for 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday and 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium.

The swimming and diving team will host its final home meet from Maxcy Hall Pool against Oswego beginning at 2 p.m.

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