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SUNY Potsdam women face Utica College in ECAC West hockey playoffs

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POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey team has qualified for the playoffs for the third consecutive season and for the fourth time in the previous five seasons.

The Bears (12-9-4, 7-5-4, 18 conference points) learned of their playoff fate this past weekend after tying Utica College 4-4 on Saturday and then losing at Utica 6-4 on Sunday.

The result has set up a playoff rematch between the teams. The No. 4 seeded Pioneers (16-8-1, 9-6-1, 19 conference points) will host the No. 5 seeded Bears on Sunday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in an ECAC West quarterfinal playoff game at noon.

The winner will advance to the ECAC West semifinal that will be played at top-seeded Plattsburgh on Saturday, March 8.

In its sixth season in program history, Potsdam has already tied a school record for most overall wins (12) and conference wins (seven) this season.

The Bears, however, have already surpassed its previous high mark for most conference points in a season with 18, breaking the 2011-12 team’s previous high of 17 conference points.

Potsdam has showcased a robust starting line of scorers with four players having totaled at least 25 points on the season.

Freshman forward Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) leads the team with 22 goals (nine power play goals, four game-winners, and two hat tricks) with 14 assists for 36 points. She tallied three goals and three assists in the two-game series against Utica.

Senior forward Jessica Silveira (Brampton, Ontario) is third in program history with 82 career points in 86 games. She trails just Breanna Roy (2008-12), who has 85 points, and Annmarie Lewis (2008-12), who is the all-time leading scorer with 94 points.

Silveira has 11 goals and a team-high as well as a career-high 24 assists. She has been red-hot of late with 19 points in her last 10 contests and tallied a goal and two assists in the series against Utica.

Seniors Amanda Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) and Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) have been major contributors as well for the Bears. Amanda (12 goals, 18 assists, 30 points) and Brittany (three goals, 22 assists, 25 points) round out the top four scorers.

Sophomore goaltender Alexane Rodrigue (Monkland, Ontario) is the Bears’ first string net minder. Rodrigue (10-4-4) has a 2.95 goals against average with 541 saves for a .906 save percentage.

Utica is led by senior forward Megan Myers (Las Vegas, NV) who has a team highs of 18 goals and 17 assists for 35 points. Myers has two goals and two assists in the season series against Potsdam.

Freshman forward Gabrielle Schnepp (Northville, MI) is next with 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points. Schnepp recorded a hat trick in Sunday’s contest against Potsdam.

Other top scorers include senior forward Vanessa Maines (Boxborough, MA), who has nine goals, 13 assists, 22 points, and sophomore forward Morgan Reed (Fort Myers, Fla.), who has eight goals, 13 assists and 31 points for Utica.

Pioneers senior goaltender Jennifer Hamel (Ithaca, N.Y.) is 12-8-1 on the season. She holds a 2.53 goals against average with 501 saves for a .904 save percentage.

TRIO HONORED

Three SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey players have earned All-ECAC West honors for the 2013-14 season. Freshman forward Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) was voted the conference’s Rookie of the Year as well as being named to the second and all-rookie teams. Senior captain Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) garnered honorable mention status, while freshman goaltender Abby Tardelli (Potsdam, N.Y.) earned a spot on the conference’s all-rookie team.

Ott got off to a torrid pace with two points in the season opener and never slowed down. She had 12 multiple point games and two hat tricks en route to a Bears’ single-season record 36 points. She also set Potsdam single-season marks in goals (22) and power-play goals (9). Ott is sixth in the nation in scoring, second among rookies, with 1.50 points-per-game.

She is also second nationally in goals-per-game (0.92) and power-play goals.

Lucky is fourth on the team in scoring this year with three goals and Bears’ record 22 assists for 25 points. The senior’s average of 1.00 points-per-game is fourth best in the nation among defenseman and her 0.88 assists-per-game place her eighth in the NCAA. Lucky leads the ECAC West in conference assists (16) and power-play points (11) and is second in scoring by defenseman (2g, 16a, 18pts). She is fourth on Potsdam’s all-time scoring list with 15 goals and 44 assists for 59 points in 100 games.

Tardelli put up strong numbers in her rookie season with the Bears. On Nov. 2, the Potsdam native got the start in between the pipes in her hometown as the College re-opened newly renovated Maxcy Ice Arena. She stopped all 20 shots she faced in 31:15 against Saint Michael’s despite getting a no-decision. She then earned her first collegiate win and shutout on Dec. 6, blanking the very same Purple Knights 2-0 with 19 saves. She finished the regular season with a 2-5 record in six starts, a

3.79 goals-against-average and a .892 save percentage.

The Bears (12-9-4, 7-5-4 ECAC West) return to the postseason for the third straight year this weekend when they head back to the Utica Auditorium to face Utica College in the first round of the playoffs. The teams square off at noon on Sunday, March 2, with a trip to the ECAC West semifinals at Plattsburgh on the line.

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