Ellie Cleary's third-period goal lifts Potsdam by Cortland 2-1

Ellie Cleary's third-period goal lifts Potsdam by Cortland 2-1

Courtesy Cortland Sports Information

Box Score: http://collegehockeystats.net/1819/boxes/wcrtpot1.n09

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Freshman Ellie Cleary (Buffalo/Buffalo Bisons) scored her first career goal in the third period to break a 1-1 tie as the Potsdam women's ice hockey team held on to defeat Cortland, 2-1, Friday night in NEWHL action at Alumni Arena. The Bears improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference. The Red Dragons fell to 2-3 and 0-3.

Sophomore Katie DeVoe (Mississauga, ON/Vaughan Flames AAA) scored for Cortland. Junior Carly Weigold (Mahopac/Millbrook Mustangs) and sophomore Katelinn Cummings (Johnson City/Northwood School) each recorded an assist. Senior goalie Victoria Gibson (Essex Junction, VT/Vermont Shamrocks) made 18 saves.

Sophomore Alexis Clark (Niagara Falls/Buffalo Bisons) also netted a goal for Potsdam. Junior Shelbi Thacker (Chesterfield, MI/Honeybaked) and senior Rylie Murray (Berkley, MI/Honeybaked) each collected an assist. Junior goalie Alexis Pfeiffer (Sylvania, OH/Little Caesar's) turned aside 20 shots.

Clark gave the Bears a 1-0 lead at 9:06 of the first period with a deflection in front off a pass from Thacker. DeVoe tied the game at 1-1 1:24 before the end of the period, flipping a loose puck in front into the left side of the goal.

After a scoreless second period, Cleary scored the game-winner at the 6:13 mark on a rebound. In the closing minutes, the Red Dragons pulled Gibson for an extra skater while on the power play, but a penalty on Cortland ended the threat as Potsdam held on for the 2-1 victory. 
Score by periods:

Potsdam               1-0-1       2
Cortland                1-0-0      1

Scoring Summary (Goals-Assists):
Potsdam: Alexis Clark 1-0, Ellie Cleary 1-0, Shelbi Thacker 0-1, Rylie Murray 0-1 
Cortand: Katie DeVoe 1-0, Carly Weigold 0-1, Katelinn Cummings 0-1 

Saves: Alexa Pfeiffer (Potsdam) 20 saves (1 GA in 60:00); Victoria Gibson (Cortland) 18 saves (2 GA in 58:51), Empty Net 1:09
Shots on goal: Cortland 21 (8-6-7), Potsdam 20 (5-9-6)
Penalties: Cortland 4-8:00, Potsdam 4-8:00
Power Play: Potsdam 0-4, Cortland 0-4

Records after game: Cortland (Red Dragons) 2-3, 0-3 NEWHL, Potsdam (Bears) 3-2, 2-1 NEWHL