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POTSDAM - A pair of SUNY Potsdam hockey players were honored by their respective leagues for their efforts on the ice last week.

PASCALLI NAMED HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Men’s hockey player Billy Pascalli (Deer Park, N.Y.) has been named the State University of New York Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week for his play during the week ending February 9.

Pascalli had a five-point weekend as the Bears kept their playoff hopes alive. The sophomore scored the game-tying goals in both contests this weekend. He got Potsdam even with Buffalo State in the second period of Friday’s 1-1 draw with a power play-goal. In Saturday’s 4-4 tie with Fredonia, Pascalli scored an extra-attacker goal on the man advantage with 57 seconds left and added assists on each of Potsdam’s other three goals.

This season, Pascalli has overcome injury and is second on the team in scoring with seven goals and eight assists for 15 points. He leads the Bears with six power play-goals and is tied for 11th in the nation in the same category. Eight of his points, four goals and four assists, have come in his last three contests.

The Bears (7-12-2, 2-8-2 SUNYAC) are currently just two points out of the sixth and final playoff spot. This weekend, Potsdam hosts Morrisville for two critical SUNYAC contests on Friday and Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

OTT RECLAIMS ROOKIE HONOR

Women’s hockey player Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) has continued to excel during her freshman season.

This week she earned her sixth Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week award in 13 weeks.

Ott had two goals and three assists for five points in a weekend sweep of Buffalo State, helping the Bears clinch a playoff berth for the third straight season. She had an assist in Friday’s 3-2 road victory over the Bengals. She then scored a team-leading eighth power-play goal and the game-winner along with two more assists as the Bears downed the Bengals

4-3 on Saturday. The two goals gave Ott 17 tallies on the season to tie Potsdam’s single-season mark.

This season, Ott leads the team in scoring with 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points in 18 games. She needs just five more to match the program’s single-season record of 32 points. The forward is tied for 11th in the nation overall and is second among NCAA rookies with 1.35 points-per-game.

She is tied for second in the nation with eight power-play goals and is third in goals-per-game at 0.85.

Potsdam will play a non-conference home-and-home series with SUNY Canton this weekend. The Bears host the Roos at 3 p.m. on Saturday and then square off at the Roos House at the same time Sunday.

The Bears are currently tied for third in the ECAC West and can finish anywhere from third to fifth with only two conference games remaining against No. 8 Utica College on Feb. 21-22.

WOMEN’S HOOPS 4KAY PINK GAME

The SUNY Potsdam women’s basketball team will don its pink jerseys this Friday as the Bears host a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Play 4Kay Pink Game against Oswego State at 6 p.m.

The national event will help raise money and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Fund, which partners with the V Foundation, is committed to raising money for scientific research in order to fight women’s cancers.

The athletic department will sell pink t-shirts for $10 each at the main gym entrance for the game. All proceeds from the money raised will go to the Kay Yow Fund. The contest will also feature a 50/50 raffle.

The late Kay Yow, former NC State University head women’s basketball coach, served as the catalyst for Play 4Kay after her third recurrence of breast cancer in 2006. Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009. Overall, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2.8 million since 2007.

To learn more about Play 4Kay, visit http://www.play4kay.org/.

WOMEN’S HOOPS ALUMNI GAME

The SUNY Potsdam Basketball team will host its annual alumnae weekend February 21-22

All women’s basketball alums are invited to attend the Bears’ game against Fredonia at 2 p.m. If there are enough alums in attendance, there will be an alumnae game at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, prior to the contest with the Blue Devils. Following the game, the team will hold a recption in Maxcy Hall’s room 104.

Please contact Coach Tara Ruckh to confirm your attendance or with any questions at (315) 267-3708 or ruckhtm@potsdam.edu.

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