Comeback Falls Short, as Hawks Lose to Bears

POTSDAM, NY Visiting Hartwick twice had leads but host SUNY Potsdam would come back and scored four consecutive goals spanning the third and fourth quarters to win 13-10 on Saturday afternoon. Hartwick's record is now 2-3 while the Bears even their record at 1-1.

Harry Hughes (Holtsville, NY/Sachem East) led 'Wick with three goals. Joe Shields (Loudonville, NY/Shaker) and Mike Vaglica (Newton, MA/Newton North) both scored twice. Giuseppe Rice (Peekskill, NYPeekskill), Cody Ciolino (Nesconset, NY/Sachem North) and Phil Schaefer (Holbrook, NY/Sachem North) all had one goal.

Rob Kunz and Peter Pike both had three goals to lead Potsdam. Derek Frost and Kevin Logan both contributed two goals each.

Hartwick struck first 47 seconds into the first period when Shields connected with Rice to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Frost would even the score for the Bears until three straight Hawk scores gave Hartwick a 4-1 lead. That lead would prove to be short-lived as Potsdam would score three straight times within a three and a half period span to tie the game at 4-all going into the second quarter.

Vaglica's goal to open the second quarter gave Hartwick the lead back. After trading goals, the Bears would again score three straight times and go on top 8-6 with just over a minute left until halftime. Hughes would score his second of the game with 24 seconds remaining and the score was 8-7 Bears at the half.

In the third quarter, Hughes' goal would tie the game and then he found Schaefer for the score less than three minutes later to regain the lead. The Hawks would hold the lead until 17 seconds remaining in the third when Kunz's goal would tie the game for a fifth time.

Three consecutive Bear scores would give Potsdam a 12-9 advantage with 8:15 remaining in the game. Ciolino's only goal of the afternoon would get Hartwick to within two scores of tying the game, but Pike would tack on a score with 1:44 left and Potsdam would come away with the victory.

Matthew Galvin (Medway, MA/Medway) had the start between the pipes for Hartwick and made nine saves. Paul Quinlan had 12 saves for the Bears.

Hartwick led in nearly every statistical category. The Hawks led in shots 41-38, groundballs 32-29 and won 19 faceoffs compared to Potsdam's eight won.

Hartwick returns home for a three-game homestand starting this Wednesday against SUNY Cobleskill. Game time with be at 4:00 p.m.

2012-03-17



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