Cardinals Overcome Bears in SUNYAC Battle

POTSDAM, N.Y.-Plattsburgh State (9-5, 3-1 SUNYAC) overcame a quick start by SUNY Potsdam (5-6, 1-3) to hand the Bears a 14-9 defeat at Maxcy Hall on Wednesday afternoon. Junior attackman Joey Kramer (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) had five goals and three assists to lead the Cardinals. Sophomore midfielder Jared Flath (Dexter, N.Y./General Brown) had two goals and five assists to pace Potsdam.

The Bears raced out to a 3-0 lead over the first 2:56. Flath won the opening faceoff, sprinted down the field and scored eight seconds into the contest. Just 47 seconds later, Flath set up senior captain Ryan Paparella (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro).

Flath then assisted as senior attackman Pete Pike (Watertown, N.Y./General Brown) made it 3-0 at 12:04. After the goal, the Cardinals erased the lead with five straight to close the quarter, including two from sophomore attackman Tim Lawrence (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park).

Sophomore attackman Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) delayed Plattsburgh's momentum with marker at 12:48 of the second quarter to cut the gap to 5-4. However, the Cardinals rattled off the next four to take control of the game. Plattsburgh got two from Kramer and two from Lawrence to make it 9-4 with 4:23 left in the half. Flath notched his third assist on a goal by junior midfielder Pat Morrill (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) at 3:12 and the Bears trailed 9-5 at the break.

The Cardinals dominated time of possession in the third quarter and outshot Potsdam 16-2, but only added one goal to their lead. Kramer scored an unassisted marker at 7:32 and Plattsburgh led 10-5 after 45 minutes.

Kramer opened the final period with a man-up goal at the 12:32 mark for a six-goal Cardinal lead. Kunz answered with the help of Flath's fourth assist at 11:11, but Plattsburgh junior attackman Tommy Kilderry (Glens Head, N.Y./North Shore) scored a man-down goal two minutes later to restore the six-goal advantage.

Flath scored a man-up goal at 8:36 and junior attackman Kyle Nicholas (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) added an even strength tally at 5:42 to get Potsdam to within 12-8. Plattsburgh made a final charge two minutes later with another man-up goal from Kramer and a final score from junior attackman Brett McClelland (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego). With three seconds on the clock, Flath set up Kunz to close the scoring at 14-9.

In goal, senior Mike Quinlan (Buffalo, N.Y./Williamsville South) made 14 saves for the Bears. Cardinal junior goalie Gordie Gehring (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) made seven saves to earn the victory.

Plattsburgh outshot the Bears 43-26 and collected 37 ground balls to Potsdam's 30.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday, April 21, when they head to Geneseo for a 1:00 p.m. contest.

2012-04-18



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