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Potsdam Bears record 8-4 win over Morrisville hockey

POTSDAM, N.Y.– SUNY Potsdam men’s ice hockey netted four second period goals and added three more in the third to top Morrisville State College by an 8-4 final Friday night in Potsdam.

Potsdam’s Steve Cornelissen gave the Bears the 1-0 lead at 6:42 in the first period off a pass from Mark Sullivan. Dave Shultz (Trucksville, PA) evened the contest for Morrisville, netting the tying score at 16:30 off an assist from Rob Sgarbossa (Campbellville, ONT).

In the second, Potsdam scored twice within the span of a minute, including a power play score, to take a 3-1 lead before Morrisville’s Dana Calderone (Bronx, NY) brought the Mustangs within one, netting a score midway through the period at 9:34. Potsdam regained the two goal advantage with its second power play score of the night at 13:41 before Joakim Cedin (Spanga, SWE) cut the Bears lead to one with a score just over 20 seconds later.

In the closing minutes of the period, Potsdam added its third man advantage score, the eventual game winner scored by Fraser Smith at the 18:26 mark to head into the final period with a 5-3 Bear lead.

In the fourth, Potsdam out scored the Mustangs 3-1 for the 8-4 victory. Morrisville’s lone score of the period was an unassisted power play goal from Bobby Cass (Burlington, ONT) at 11:55.

Morrisville State’s Dave Labaff (Potsdam, NY) recorded the loss in net, saving 29, including 18 in the second period.

Trevor O’Neill recorded the win for Potsdam, saving 23, as the Bears improve to 6-9-5 overall.

Morrisville State (5-14-1) returns to the ice tomorrow at SUNY Plattsburgh at 7 p.m. in Plattsburgh.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.