BUFFALO, N.Y. - The SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (9-9-1, 7-6-1 NEWHL) never trailed in a 3-2 win at Buffalo State (3-15, 1-10) on Friday night.
Senior assistant captain Lucy Condon (Waterloo, Ontario/Waterloo Ravens) and senior forward Miranda Kolb (Watertown, N.Y./SUNY Cortland) each recorded a goal and an assist and sophomore forward Stephanie Dunlap (Bath, Mich./Meijer U19 AAA) netted the game-winner. Senior captain Alexa Pfeiffer (Sylvania, Ohio/Little Caesar's) made 28 saves for her 25th career victory.
Potsdam was unable to capitalize on two power plays in the tightly contested first period. The Bears edged the Bengals 11-10 in shots and Pfeiffer and Buffalo State goalie Bri Gawronski were perfect between the pipes in a scoreless 20 minutes.
Potsdam struck quickly in the second. Condon made it a 1-0 contest at 1:21 with assists from junior forward Natalie Wasielewski (Carnegie, Pa./Pittsburgh Penguin Elite) and Kolb. Kolb doubled the lead with another even-strength marker at 6:36.
Senior assistant captain Delphine Léonard (Anjou, Quebec/Dawson College Prep) and Condon recorded the assists. The Bears then took two overlapping penalties and Buffalo State went on a 5-on-3 power play at 7:47. They killed off the first one, but Cheyenne Matson scored at 9:30 to cut the lead in half.
The Bengals outshot Potsdam 10-8 in the middle stanza, but the Bears held on to the one-goal lead at the second intermission.
Potsdam made the most of its fifth power play midway through the third period. Dunlap scored an unassisted marker on the man advantage at 10:19.
The momentum was short lived as Tristin Stetson answered just 1:08 later to get the Bengals within 3-2.
The Bears created several chances on their sixth and final power play, but couldn't add to the lead. With 1:44 left, Buffalo State pulled Gawronski for an extra attacker, but couldn't find the equalizer.
Gawronski finished with 23 saves. The Bengals were 1-for-4 on the power play and Potsdam was 1-for-6.
The Bears head to Oswego State tomorrow for a 3 p.m. contest.