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CANTON - Senior assistant captain Amanda Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) scored three times and recorded two assists as the SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey team (12-8-3) reversed a Saturday loss at home to SUNY Canton (8-14-3) by netting a 5-2 win at the Roos House on Sunday afternoon.

The victory ties the program’s single-season best of 12 wins set in 2012. Bears senior forward Jessica Silveira (Brampton, Ontario) and Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) each had a goal and two assists to reach the 30-point plateau for the season.

The Kangaroos had the momentum early, aided by a Potsdam penalty. However, Canton didn’t score and Lucky drew first blood helpers from Silveira and Ott at 14:40. The Kangaroos outshot the Bears 9-8 in the most even period of game, but trailed 1-0 at the first intermission.

Canton tied the score just 56 seconds into the second period on the power play. Abbey Diabo centered a pass from behind Potsdam’s net that went off the skates off a Bears defender and into the net. Silveira got the Bears back in front 13 seconds later with assists from Lucky and Ott. After Potsdam killed off a Canton power play five minutes later, the Roos were called for four straight penalties and six of seven. Canton killed five, but Ott made them pay on the sixth with 32 seconds remaining in the middle period.

Lucky made it 4-1 51 seconds into the final period with assists from sophomore defenseman Katie Marsman (Wantagh, N.Y.) and senior captain Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario). At 7:31, Karley Cree scored a shorthanded goal off a turnover at the Bears blue line to cut the gap to 4-2. Less than two minutes later, Lucky closed the scoring and completed the hat trick on an assist from Silveira to make it 5-2.

In goal, Potsdam sophomore Alexane Rodrigue (Monkland, Ontario) made 20 saves for her 10th win of the season, improving on her own program record for single-season wins. Shayna Dominique made 34 stops for Canton.

The Bears outshot the Kangaroos 39-22 and were 1-7 on the power play to Canton’s 1-6.

Silveira has a slim 32 to 30-point team lead in scoring over Ott this season, tying Annmarie Lewis’ 2012 record. Silveira now has 79 career points (34g, 45a) and needs seven more to pass Breanna Roy ‘12 for second place on the program’s all-time scoring list.

Potsdam wraps up the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series with Utica College. The Bears host the Pioneers on Senior Day next Saturday at 3 p.m. Potsdam then travels to the Aud in Utica the following afternoon of for a 4 p.m. contest. The Bears, currently in fourth place, have already clinched a playoff spot and could finish anywhere from third to fifth in the ECAC West.

CANTON BASKETBALL TEAMS SPLIT VS. VTC

MEN’S GAME

The men’s basketball team used a 12-2 run over a key five-minute stretch in the second half to defeat visiting Vermont Technical College, 62-49, Sunday evening.

Sam Annorh had a game-high 19 points on Sunday.

With 14:24 remaining in the contest the Roos scored 12 of the next 14 points to take control of the game, moving ahead 49-40 wit

h 9:39 to play. Khalil Bratton (Queens, NY) started the spurt with a bucket inside and Scott Dixon (Brooklyn, NY) followed with a hit from behind the arc on Senior Night.

After Romario Fletcher (Queens, NY) split a pair at the charity stripe Sam Annorh (Queens, NY) and Tyler Ellison (New York, NY) converted back-to-back fast break lay-ins to extend the lead to seven. Ellison capped the run with a finish in the paint off a pretty pass from Scott Bartenstein (Potsdam, NY).

The Knights would get no closer than eight the remainder of the way as the Roos controlled the game and clock with their defense and methodical offensive possessions.

SUNY Canton opened the game with eight straight points, four of which came from Annorh. The Roos largest lead of the opening stanza came at 12, when Rashad Richardson (Rochester, NY) converted a lay-up off a Dixon pass to make it 18-6.

Vermont Tech used a 12-4 run to knot the score at 29-29 with 34 seconds left in the half. Annorh hit Fletcher with an alley oop from just inside half court as Fletcher flushed down the jam to give the Roos a 31-29 lead at halftime.

Annorh had game-highs of 19 points and five assists to go with five rebounds. Ellison notched his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Bratton chipped in 12 points, while Fletcher posted 11 points and eight rebounds.

Jamal Hughes paced the Knights with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyrie Winslow added 11 points. SUNY Canton outrebounded Vermont Tech 42-36 including a 17-10 mark on the offensive glass.

The Roos forced the Knights into 20 turnovers that led to a 23-9 margin in points off turnovers. SUNY Canton also controlled points in the paint (44-26) and fast break points (22-8).

The men’s basketball team closes out its season next Sunday when it travels to Alfred State College for a 5 p.m. start.

The Roos honored senior Scott Dixon prior to Sunday’s game.

WOMEN’S GAME

Brianna Sayer (Hermon, NY) netted a career-high 22 points but the women’s basketball team could not hang on to a double digit second half lead falling, 64-56, to visiting Vermont Tech Sunday afternoon.

Trailing 27-25 at intermission the Roos exploded out of the locker room using a 13-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into a 13-point lead. Joelle Percy (Black River, NY) opened the half draining a long ball off a find from Alicia Uhlein (Watertown, NY). SUNY Canton then pounded the ball inside scoring its next five baskets in the paint.

Janelle Bradish ripped down a career-high 18 boards against Vermont Tech.

Uhlein fed Karyss Terrance (Hogansburg, NY) for a lay-in and then Percy made a pretty pass to Janelle Bradish (Massena, NY) for an interior hoop. Bradish continued to dominate inside hauling in a pair of offensive rebounds on the next possession, resulting in a put back for two points. Sayer and Terrance capped the 13-0 run with a pair of fast break lay-ins as SUNY Canton held its largest lead of the contest at 38-27.

Vermont Tech showed its mental toughness responding with a 13-5 run of its own to get within 42-40 midway through the second half. The Roos opened up a six-point lead but the Knights took their first advantage of the second stanza with 4:06 to play after a Paige Wells lay-up.

There were four ties and a lead change in the final six minutes as Vermont Tech closed the final 4:42 on a 14-4 run to earn the 64-56 victory.

Sayer paced the Roos with her career-best 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Her previous high was 17 on Wednesday against the Knights. Bradish posted her third straight double-double with 14 points and 18 boards, while Terrance also ripped down 14 rebounds.

Wells and Ama Baker led the Knight offense with 24 and 23 points, respectively. SUNY Canton struggled taking care of the ball as it gave up the ball 23 times. The Roos dominated in a number of categories including: points in the paint (44-18), rebounds (63-38), offensive rebounds (28-9) and second chance points (16-8).

The Roos honored their 3 seniors prior to Sunday’s game. From left to right: Joelle Percy, Alicia Uhlein, Katlyn Hart.

The women’s team returns to the hardwood Tuesday when it hosts SUNY Institute of Technology at 4p.m. at the Roos House.

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