December 09 2015
An eight-day layoff did little to cool down the red-hot Elmira College men's ice hockey team, a fact SUNY Potsdam learned the hard way in Elmira's thrilling 5-3 comeback victory on Tuesday evening at the Murray Athletic Center Ice Arena.
The Soaring Eagles fully showcased their character and resiliency on this night. Trailing 3-1 over halfway into the contest, Elmira erupted for four unanswered goals, including three in the decisive third period. The comeback win stretches the team's winning streak to four heading into the final weekend of the season's first half.
Brian Depp '16 led the charge for the Soaring Eagles, posting another huge game. The senior captain finished with three points on two goals and an assist. Tommy Sumi '16 and Jarryd ten Vaanholt '16 each added a goal and an assist, while Jeremy Marginsky '18 added a clutch goal.
Rob Simpson '16, Michael Collins '16 and Blake O'Neill '19 each added one helper.
Sal Magliocco '17 got the nod in Elmira's cage for the first time in four games and did not disappoint. The third-year netminder stopped 29-of-32 Potsdam shots to notch his first victory of the season.
Things started out innocuously enough, as the teams zipped through a scoreless first period. Although it had been nine days since Elmira's last contest, it did not show in the team's legs in an up-and-down first period that witnessed few scoring chances and even fewer stoppages.
Things picked up rather quickly in the second, as the teams combined for five goals in the period. Depp got the puck rolling for the Soaring Eagles, staking the home side to a brief 1-0 lead. Simpson got the play started, firing a tape-to-tape outlet pass to Collins on the right wing. The senior blazed down the right flank with Depp providing an option on the left. Collins fed Depp a pass, which the senior corralled in the left circle. He gave a head and shoulders fake before continuing behind the net, catching Potsdam's netminder Brendan McMenimen by surprise. With the goaltender off his goal line, Depp tucked in a wraparound shot to break the ice on the scoreboard.
The lead would last just 24 seconds, as Tommy Telesca would equalize for the Bears' on the ensuing shift. The visitors would appear to grab firm control of the game over the next five minutes of game action.
Sean Kacerosky would lift Potsdam into the lead at 9:03 of the period, just as Elmira had killed off an interference penalty to Jonathan Grassie '19. The Bears' Matt Thompson won a puck battle down on the right corner boards. The puck would come to the blade of Jake Rivera, who made a power move to the crease. The Elmira defense converged on the charging forward, but the puck would slip into the high slot. Kacerosky pinched down from his position on the left point and fired a wrister past Magliocco who was sprawled amongst the significant traffic in front. The Bears would stretch the lead to two just 1:36 later, when Ben Mariano pumped in a shot from the below the left circle.
With a big hole to climb out of, Elmira turned to its do-it-all captain, who would spark the comeback. With the teams set up for a faceoff at center ice with just over five minutes remaining in the period, Sumi won a scrambled faceoff to Depp. The right winger took off like he was shot out of a cannon, taking the Potsdam blue line by surprise, as he blew past for a partial breakaway down the right wing. He made a forehand-to-backhand move, before slipping the puck five-hole to halve the deficit.
The Soaring Eagles continued to search for the equalizer until finally finding it just over the halfway point of the final period. ten Vaanholt started the play, taking the puck on the left-wing boards in the neutral zone and dumping it into the Potsdam end. The puck took a weird ricochet behind the net and came shooting back out into the slot. Marginsky, who was making a hard drive to the net on the forecheck, pounced on the opportunity, ripping a wrister into the twine to tie the game.
Sensing Potsdam was on its heels, Elmira continued to rev the aggressive attack. Sure enough it was Depp who would play a hand in the decisive goal to retake the lead for good. The scoring play started with excellent work by the captain to strip the puck in the defensive zone. He then charged up the right-wing boards, before hitting resistance at the right half wall in the Potsdam end. He made an excellent move to draw two defenders, before flipping a perfect backhand saucer pass to Sumi who had acres of space streaking through the slot. He faked forehand, before turning the puck to his backhand to slide five-hole past McMenimen.
ten Vaanholt would seal the game with an empty-net goal with 40 seconds remaining.