Brockport's Late Comeback Not Enough vs. Potsdam

Junior Justin Cook (Endicott, NY/Union Endicott) scored three times including twice in the fourth quarter as Brockport cut a four-goal deficit to two goals but could not get closer in a 10-8 loss to Potsdam Saturday in a SUNYAC game on Bob Boozer Field at Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium in Brockport.

Potsdam (8-3 Overall, 2-1 SUNYAC) took an early lead and held a 5-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Brockport (4-7, 1-3) scored the first two goals of the second quarter to trim the lead. Senior Riley Austin (Rochester, NY/Eastridge) and freshman Casey Cleary (Cortland, NY/Homer) scored in the first three minutes of the period to trim the lead to 5-3.

Potsdam scored three of the next four goals to regain the four-goal advantage with an 8-4 lead with six minutes to play in the first half.

Brockport took some momentum into the halftime intermission as John Countryman (Queensbury, NY/Queensbury) scored at the 4:55 mark of the second quarter to make it an 8-5 game.

In the third quarter, each team scored a goal as Steve Brissette (Marcellus, NY/Marcellus) scored with 49 seconds left in the quarter and the Golden Eagles trailed by three at 9-6 to start the fourth quarter.

Potsdam scored 57 seconds into the quarter to regain the four-goal advantage again before Cook scored his two goals in the quarter to help the Golden Eagles mount a comeback attempt. Cook scored at the 9:04 mark and again at the 4:28 mark with a man-up goal but Brockport could not get any closer as the game ended with a 10-8 Potsdam win.

Cook led the way with three goals and an assist for four points while Brissette added two goals and Riley Austin chipped in a goal and an assist. Countryman and Cleary scored the other two Brockport goals. Jake Giudice (Webster, NY/Webster Thomas), Alex Austin (Rochester, NY/Trinity Pawling) and Keenan Sullivan (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Eastern) had one assist each. Sullivan also won 14 of the 21 face-offs in the contest.

Conor Nowak (Lakeview, NY/Eden) made eight saves and Potsdam's Ryan Duffy came up with 21 saves as Brockport dominated with 50 shots to 30 for Potsdam. The Golden Eagles held a 16-4 shots advantage in the fourth quarter alone.

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Potsdam clenched their collective fists through a dominant first quarter, received another strong defensive backing, and the Bears went on the road and picked up an important 10-8 conference victory against Brockport on Saturday afternoon.

Three days after setting a career-high for saves in a game with 19 in an exhilarating 8-7 win against SUNYAC rival Plattsburgh, senior goalie Ryan Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) readjusted his personal high-water mark once again by turning aside 21 shots to help the Bears win their fourth consecutive game.

Duffy allowed just seven goals on 28 shots in 59:20 minutes of action for a stealth .750 save percentage.

During the winning streak, Potsdam (8-3, 2-1 SUNYAC) has outscored the opposition 51-24 in wins over SUNY Canton, Castleton State, Plattsburgh and Brockport.

The Bears got off to just the start that they were seeking as sophomore Matt Kennedy (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) scored twice while senior Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart), sophomore Pat Bonafede (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) and freshman Berkley Stone (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) all found the net as well to give Potsdam a 5-1 advantage after the first quarter.

Kunz kept pressure on the Golden Eagles' defense by firing a season-high 10 shots in the game and finished with a hat trick. Kunz leads the team in goals with 19 on the season.

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