POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam womens hockey team (6-8-1) shook off an early goal to defeat Castleton State (6-4-1) 4-1 for its fourth straight victory.
The Bears got two goals and an assist from junior captain Brittany Lucky and 36 saves from junior goalie Dawna Salvarinas. Potsdam is now 4-0-1 in its last five games.
The Spartans capitalized on their first power play. At the 4:04 mark of the first period, freshman forward Anna Daniels buried a rebound for a 1-0 lead. Senior forward Jade Werger assisted on the g0al. Potsdam answered just 1:35 later as Brittany Lucky beat Castleton freshman goalie Brittany Brayman with a shot from the point. Junior forward Jessica Silveira recorded the assist. Salvarinas and Brayman were the story the rest of the period. The Spartan goalie finished the opening stanza with 10 saves and Salvarinas with nine.
Less than two minutes into the second period, freshman forward Sarah Nelson jammed home the rebound from a Brittany Lucky shot to give Potsdam a 2-1 advantage. A Castleton penalty following the goal allowed the Bears to maintain their momentum through the middle of the period, but they were unable to extend their lead. Brayman and Salvarinas continued their strong play and the score remained 2-1 after 40 minutes.
After an early barrage of shots from the Spartans in the third, Potsdam struck again. At the 3:08 mark, sophomore forward Izzy Fayerman fired a shot off Brayman from the right side of the net for an unassisted goal and a 3-1 lead. Castleton resumed peppering Salvarinas after the goal, but the junior continued to stonewall the Spartans. At 5:46, Brittany Lucky beat Brayman five-hole on another shot from the point to make it 4-1. Junior forward Amanda Lucky notched the assist on her sisters goal. Shortly after the tally, Brayman was replaced by freshman goalie Jess Cameron. Castletons offense continued to create scoring chances despite trailing by three, but Salvarinas frustrated them time after time and sealed the 4-1 victory.
Brayman made 20 saves in the first 46:59 and Cameron stopped five shots in the final 13:01. The Spartans finished 1-5 on the power play, while the Bears were 0-2.
Potsdam is back in action with a home-and-home series with conference foe Utica College this weekend. The Bears face the Pioneers at 4 p.m. in Utica on Saturday and 2 p.m. at Cheel Arena on Sunday.
MENS GAME TIME CHANGE
The start time for this Fridays SUNY Potsdam mens hockey game at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts has been changed from
7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
The Bears (5-8-1) are 2-1 all-time against the Golden Bears (6-5). In the teams last meeting, Potsdam swept the Golden Bears in a weekend series on Jan. 16-17, 2009, in Maxcy Ice Arena by 8-1 and 7-2 scores.
The Bears close out their non-conference weekend with their first ever contest against Becker College (7-6) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.