MASSENA, N.Y. - Fredonia State turned in another strong defensive effort to defeat Potsdam, 3-1, in SUNYAC men's hockey.
"It was great," Fredonia State head coach Jeff Meredith said of the win. "It's huge for u. I think the best thing about it was the way we did it. We were down, 1-0, and I think the big thing for us was we played our game. We were patient (Friday) and took what was given to us. We didn't force things and get into trouble and we had some guys come up with some timely goals."
The Blue Devils improved to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the SUNYAC by holding their third straight opponent to one goal or less.
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Fredonia State’s Declan Gunovski skates with the puck during the Blue Devils’ 3-1 SUNYAC win over Potsdam, Friday night, in Massena, N.Y.
Junior goalkeeper Mark Friesen made 23 saves and freshman Chad Bennett, freshman Taylor Bourne and senior Will McLaughlin had one goal each.
"It was a great team win," Meredith added. "We've talked for the last couple days of reaching our potential as individuals and (the win) is going to help us reach our potential as a team."
Sophomore Stephen Castriota had two assists.
Mike Riley scored the Potsdam goal at 14:55 of the first period. It stayed that way until 15:45 of the second period when Bennett scored his second goal of the season with a wide-angled shot off the post and into the net.
Bourne netted the game-winner at 1:58 of the third period as the Blue Devils took advantage of a Potsdam turnover.
McLaughlin added an insurance goal at the 13:22 mark when he took a shot from behind the net. The puck appeared to hit the back of the leg of Potsdam goaltender Austin Keiser.
Keiser finished with 28 saves.
Fredonia State is back in action 7 p.m. Saturday at Plattsburgh. There are still jerseys available for the Blue Devils' annual 'Pink the Rink' game, which will be held Feb. 8 at the Steele Hall Ice Arena. For more information, contact Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keller sets pool
record at Alfred
ALFRED - Fredonia State junior diver Ashley Keller established a new pool record Friday during Fredonia State's 166-76 women's swimming and diving win over Alfred.
Keller won the 1-meter diving competition with 272.45 points. She broke the pool record previously held by former Blue Devil diver and assistant coach Kelly Sponholz.
Senior diver Sarah Ficarro won the 3-meter competition. Other individual winners were senior Lizzie Lodinsky in the 1,000-yard freestyle, senior Emily Ginty in the 200 freestyle, freshman Natalia Wilkins in the 400 individual medley, sophomore Steph Rosa in the 100 backstroke and senior Stephanie Andrasek in the 100 breast stroke.
Devils fall on final relay
ALFRED - Alfred defeated Fredonia State, 122-114, with a narrow victory in the final relay Friday of their men's swimming and diving dual meet.
The Saxons touched out .13 seconds ahead of the Blue Devils in the meet-ending 200-yard freestyle relay. Alfred also earned two points by finishing third in the event.
Fredonia State held a one-point lead before the relay.
The top two performers for Fredonia State were senior Ryan Fuller and junior John Estanislau. Fuller was the winner in both diving events. Estanilslau was first in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.
Andrew Case, a junior, was the 100 breast stroke winner.