Bears women's hockey strikes quickly to knock out Roos, 4-1
POTSDAM, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (11-8-2) scored four goals during a 3:55 span in the first period to defeat SUNY Canton (7-12-2) 4-1 on Tuesday evening. Freshman forward Natalie Wasielewski (Carnegie, Pa./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite), junior forward Jenna Patterson (Boissevain, Manitoba/Westman Wildcats), senior assistant captain Jaci Morr (Monroe, Mich./Team Detroit) and senior forward Taylor Marcellus (Waddington, N.Y./Ontario Hockey Academy) each scored for the Bears.
Wasielewski opened the scoring at the 13:32 mark of the opening period after deflecting a shot from junior defenseman Rylie Murray (Berkley, Mich./Honeybaked) past Kangaroos sophomore goalie Brooke Susac (Bowmanville, Ontario/Clarington Flames). Senior captain Anna-Rose Bertin (Marathon, Ontario/Canadian International Hockey Academy) recorded the second assist on the play. At 15:25, Patterson beat Susac with a pass from Wasielewski on a one-timer to make 2-0. Sophomore forward Lucy Condon (Kitchener, Ontario/Waterloo Ravens) also assisted on the goal. The barrage continued at 17:03, as Morr struck with helpers from Bertin and senior captain Brenna Wilson (Kanata, Ontario/Ottawa Senators). Just 24 seconds later, Marcellus poked the puck away from a Canton defender and went the length of the ice to extend the lead to 4-0. The Bears outshot the Roos 21-6.Physical play resulted in bunched penalties in the middle of the second period. As a Potsdam penalty expired, Canton senior defenseman Sydney Jordan (Prince George, British Columbia/Northern Capitals) went the length of the ice and beat a screened freshman goalie Samantha White (Oceanside, Calif./Anaheim Lady Ducks) to get the Roos on the board. Canton held a 10-7 advantage in shots in the period.
The teams split just 10 shots evenly in the third period. The Roos prevented the Bears from extending their lead on two power plays in the final 20 minutes. White also kept Canton from closing the gap as she slammed the door on the 4-1 win.
White finished with 20 saves for her sixth career victory. Susac stopped 29 shots on the night.
Potsdam outshot the Roos 33-21 and went 1-for-5 on the power play. Canton was just 0-for-2.
With her performance, White now ranks second in the nation with a .961 save percentage and fourth in goals-against-average at 1.08.
The Bears head into battle with No. 1 Plattsburgh State this weekend. Potsdam hosts the Cardinals at 3 p.m. on Saturday before making the trek to Plattsburgh on Sunday for another 3 p.m. faceoff.