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POTSDAM - Freshman forward Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) scored two goals to lead the SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey team (4-4-2) to a 4-1 victory over SUNY Canton (4-3-2) on Tuesday night at Maxcy Ice Arena. Senior assistant captains Amanda Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) and Jenn Crawford (Burlington, Ontario) also scored for the Bears, while freshman forward Amanda Peterson (West Chazy, N.Y.) and sophomore defenseman Rachel Grefke (Livonia, Mich.) each recorded two assists.

After struggling in their own end early, Bears Head Coach Jay Green called a time out to settle his team. Potsdam responded with two goals just 50 seconds apart midway through the opening period. After sustaining good pressure, Ott fired a high shot from the right point that beat Kangaroo freshman goalie Shayna Dominique (Mistissini, Quebec) at 10:30. Freshman Alyssa Brockmann (Fairport, N.Y.) and senior forward Jessica Silveira (Brampton, Ontario) assisted on the goal. At 11:20, Amanda Lucky scored in the slot on a perfect pass from Grefke at right side of the net. Sophomore forward Sally Mooney (New Albany, Ohio) notched the second assist on the play. Canton generated a few strong scoring chances in the first period, but couldn’t beat Bears sophomore goalie Alexane Rodrigue (Monkland, Ontario).

Both offenses controlled the play for long stretches during the middle stanza, but came up with little to show for it. Ott buried her second on a shot from the slot at the 5:38 with helpers from Peterson and Grefke. The Kangaroos continued to test Rodrigue in the second period, but she turned aside all eight shots she faced and Potsdam led 3-0 after 40 minutes.

Canton finally got on the board at 6:08 of the third period. Freshman forward Jessica Kistabish (Pikogan, Quebec) sent a perfect pass to sophomore forward Karley Kree (Hogansburg, N.Y.) in front of the net and she beat Rodrigue through the five-hole. The Bears picked up their play after the goal and got an insurance tally at 15:20. A loose puck popped free to Crawford at the right side of the net and she fired it home to cap the scoring at 4-1. Junior captain Izzy Fayerman (Calgary, Alberta) and Peterson recorded the assists.

Rodrigue stopped 24 shots to earn her fourth win of the season. Dominique finished with 36 stops. The Kangaroos were 0-1 on the power play and the Bears went 0-2.

Potsdam wraps up the 2013 portion of its schedule with two games at Saint Michael’s College this weekend. The Bears face the Purple Knights at 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Potsdam downed Saint Michaels 4-3 in its season opener on Nov. 2. SUNY Canton is slated to host a pair of games this weekend against SUNY Oswego starting at 3 p.m. both on Friday and Saturday.

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