Blue Devils earn playoff berth in win vs. Potsdam

Fredonia clinched a SUNYAC playoff berth with a 4-3 home win Friday over Potsdam.

Sophomore forward Victor Tracy scored the game-winner with 2:41 remaining as the Blue Devils moved to 6-5-2 in the SUNYAC and guaranteed themselves one of the three remaining playoff berths. The loss eliminated Potsdam (7-14-1 overall, 3-9-1 SUNYAC).

The six-team conference tournament starts on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Tracy’s goal, his ninth of the season and his second game-winner, came on a pass by junior Jacob Haynes from behind the crease after freshman Ethan Kirbis brought the puck along the boards. It was the second assist of the game for Kirbis, who earned the No. 3 star.

Tracy was selected as the No. 1 star and the Fredonia Booster Club Player of the Game. Potsdam’s Mike Sweeney, with two goals, was the No. 2 star.

The Blue Devils broke on top 3-0 on first-period goals by senior Jimmy Morgan and junior Max Blitz and a goal at the start of the second period by senior Todd Schauss.

Potsdam pulled even with three unanswered goals in the second period, the last two in a 22-second span. Sweeney made it 3-1 at the 2:43 mark. The Bears had a two-man advantage when Bryce Ferrell scored to make it 3-2 at 19:31, and Sweeny tied it with his second goal of the night at 19:53.

Fredonia senior goaltender Eric Bogart made 35 saves while Nate Skidmore had 26 saves for Potsdam.

Fredonia’s eight seniors — Morgan, Bogart, Schauss, Jon Carlson, Mike Freeman, Bobby Polachek, Luke Rivera, and Kyle Jelinski were recognized prior to the game.

The Blue Devils will entertain Plattsburgh at 7 p.m. in the 13th annual Pink The Rink game tonight. The Steele Hall ticket booth opens at 6 p.m.