Sunday, January 23, 2011


The newspaper North Country Now reported on Friday's game against Potsdam...

The SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team (5-11-1, 3-6 SUNYAC) rallied from two early deficits to overwhelm the Brockport Golden Eagles (3-13-1, 1-8) 7-3 and earn its second straight win.

Potsdam junior forward Sy Nutkevitch (Montreal, Quebec/Cornwall Colts) scored two goals and recorded an assist, while senior forward Kevin MacLellan (Kensington, Prince Edward Island/Summerside Capitals) also tallied three points (1-2-3) for the Bears. Brockport junior forward James Cody (Schwencksville, Pa./Philly Little Flyers)notched a hat trick for the Golden Eagles.

Potsdam was very aggressive from the outset, but the Bears found themselves down early. At the 1:41 mark of the first period Cody knocked home a pass from senior forward Tom Galiani (Lindenhurst, N.Y./New York Bobcats) to complete a Brockport two-on-one.

From that point on the Bears fired shot after shot on Golden Eagle freshman goaltender Joe Reagan (Yonkers, N.Y./New York Bobcats).

At 9:22 Bear junior forward Mike Foy (Markham, Ontario/Welland Canadians) evened the score with a rebound goal on assists from juniors Todd Hosmer (Toronto, Ontario/Newmarket Hurricanes) and Matt Rhymer (Kingston, Ontario/Yarmouth Mariners).

Three minutes later the momentum shifted back in Brockport’s favor. Cody blocked a shot from the point and took it the length of the ice for a shorthanded marker to regain the lead at 12:52.

With less than two minutes to go in the period, the Bears scored on their second power play. MacLellan finished a Potsdam rush to the net and senior forward Colin MacLennan (Whitby, Ontario/Ajax Attack) and sophomore defenseman Brett Waters (Uxbridge, Ontario/Markham Waxers) recorded the assists.

The Bears outshot Brockport 22 to seven in the first period. Senior forward Fraser Smith (Fonthill, Ontario/Oakville Blades) gave Potsdam the lead for good just 21 seconds into the second period on assists from Nutkevitch and freshman forward Jesse Ostring (Ylojarvi, Finland/Sammo Lukio).

At the 5:54 mark sophomore forward Matt Viola (Toronto, Ontario/Vaughan Vipers) fired a shot off the face off that beat Reagan to increase the Bears lead to 4-2. Potsdam continued to harass the Golden Eagles and was rewarded with its fourth power play at 11:12.

Nutkevitch made the most of it burying a pass from MacLennan for a three-goal lead. At the 17:40 mark Brockport responded as Galiani and junior forward Ian Finnerty (Ardmore, Pa./Philly Little Flyers) set up Cody for the hat trick. The Golden Eagles trailed 5-3 after 40 minutes. The Bears’ offense didn’t slow down in the third period.

Nutkevitch struck for his second at 13:04 with an assist from MacLennan to give Potsdam a commanding 6-3 lead. With just 1:56 remaining Reagan was pulled for an extra attacker, but the Bears again made the most of the opportunity.

Twenty seconds later freshman forward Brandon Couto (Bowmanville, Ontario/Cobourg Cougars) caught a pass at center ice and carried it the rest of the way for the empty netter. Freshman forward Mike Arnold (Didsbury, Alberta/Kingston Voyageurs) and MacLellan each assisted on the goal. Junior goaltender Trevor O’Neill (Bobcaygeon, Ontario/Stouffville Spirit) made 17 saves to earn the win, while Reagan stopped 54 shots.

Potsdam was 2-for-5 on the power play and Brockport went 0-for-5. The Bears outshot Brockport 61 to 20. Potsdam Head Coach Chris Bernard was pleased with the complete victory.

“We worked hard for the full 60 minutes tonight,” said Bernard. “It was a good team effort. We also had the goal of putting a lot of pucks on the net and we’ve been able to do that in the second semester.”