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SUN Potsdam men’s hockey team falls to Southern Maine

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PORTLAND, ME - Southern Maine (5-5) got a hat trick from Troy Thibodeau in a 7-3 victory over the SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team (4-7) on Friday afternoon in Portland.

Three different Bears scored for Potsdam.

Zach Dymock gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead just 1:09 into the first period.

Thibodeau notched his first at the 8:00 mark. Angelo Vrachnas scored on the man-advantage 10 minutes later and Southern Maine took a 3-0 lead into the break.

David Nies buried the eventual game-winner at 10:27 of the second period.

Less than four minutes later, Garrett White made it 5-0. After the goal, Bears junior goalie Shane Talarico (Greensburg, Pa.) was replaced by freshman Austin Keiser (Dunwoody, Ga.). Potsdam trailed 5-0 after two.

Nearly six minutes into the third period, Thibodeau scored a shorthanded marker for a 6-0 Huskie advantage. At the 7:39 mark, freshman forward Jake Rivera (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) finally got the Bears on the board with an unassisted goal. Freshman forward Billy Pascalli (Deer Park, N.Y.) made it a 6-2 contest at 10:08 with helpers from sophomore forward Trevor Cope (Swartz Creek, Mich.) and junior assistant captain Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario). Thibodeau completed his hat trick 2:08 later and Southern Maine regained its five-goal lead. Sophomore Ryan Miller (Didsbury, Alberta) closed the scoring with 1:01 remaining on assists from sophomore defenseman Dan McCamey (Dayton, Ohio) and freshman forward Todd Thomas (Davidsville, Pa.).

Talarico allowed five goals and made 22 saves in the first 34:07, while Keiser allowed the last two scores and finished with five saves in the final 25:53. Josh Hillegas made 29 saves to earn the victory.

The Bears and Huskies tangle again tomorrow at 1 p.m. to wrap up the first half of the season.

CANTON EDGES RHODE ISLAND

Freshman Nils Semjonovs (Liepaja, Latvia) scored a power play goal in the first period that held up as the game-winning score as the SUNY Canton men’s ice hockey team beat the University of Rhode Island 1-0 at Roos House.

SUNY Canton won their second straight game improving to 5-10 overall.

The Rams had been whistled for a holding penalty at the 13:28 mark of the opening period and Semjonovs connected for his second goal of the season with four seconds left in the Roos power play. The assist went to sophomore Dave Schneider (Indianapolis, Ind.).

Sophomore Morgan Barr (Almonte, Ontario) made 26 saves, including 10 in the final period, to earn his first shutout this year and third win.

The two teams meet again on Saturday with the faceoff scheduled for 3 p.m.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

SLU 3, Penn State 1: Jenna Marks scored a goal and added an assist as the Saints beat the Nittany Lions for a nonconference win in Canton.

Giulia Mazzocchi only needed to make 15 stops to get her first win of the year in goal for St. Lawrence (9-7-1).

Jill Holdcroft netted a power-play goal for Penn State (5-11-1).

SUNY Potsdam 2, St. Michael’s 2 (OT): Izzy Fayerman tied the game with three minutes, 11 second left in regulation as the Bears salvaged a nonconference tie with the Purple Knights at Cheel Arena in Potsdam.

Alexandra Holowka scored her first goal of the year for SUNY Potsdam (2-8-1) in the second period.

Goalie Jen Conophy made 32 saves.

Caitie Shea and Allison Graf scored for St. Michael’s (1-7-1).

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