April 21, 2013

First Half Surge Leads Roos to Victory over Badgers

CANTON, N.Y.-- Johnson State suffered a 17-4 road loss against SUNY Canton Sunday afternoon. The Roos advance to 5-5 overall while the Badgers slip to 2-9 on the year and 2-6 in the conference. 

Despite the loss, the  Badgers managed to make it onto the scoreboard with the help of Taner Cross (East Montpelier, Vt. / U-32) and his two goals. Teammates Jacob Eustis (Cumberland, Maine) and Josh David (Johnson, Vt. / Lamoille) both tallied a goal each.

SUNY Canton built a 3-0 lead after the first quarter on goals from Patrick Connelly (Chittenango, N.Y.), junior Tanner Pratt (Canton, N.Y.) and sophomore Jason Thompson (Massena, N.Y.).  The Roos scored three more goals to start the second half, including two from Thompson to open a 6-0 lead.  The Badgers scored two in a row to close the gap to 6-2, but then Thompson set up Pratt and freshman Zarrien Sloan (Waterloo, N.Y.) to push the Roos lead back to a six-goal margin. 

The third and fourth quarters belonged to the Roos, as they held Johnson State to just one goal with just over one minute left in regulation.  SUNY Canton pumped in six goals in the third quarter and three more in the fourth to earn their second win in as many years over the Badgers.

Thompson finished with three goals and three assists.  Pratt ended with four goals and an assist.  Sophomore Taylor Caswell (Potsdam, N.Y.) added two goals and two assists, and sophomore Ryan Cardiff (Albany, N.Y.) and Sloan contributed two goals apiece.

Junior Corey Spuck (Rochester, N.Y.) made four saves in the first half, and freshman Jeff Hammond (Rensselaer Falls, N.Y.) stopped four shots in the second half. Cross finished with two goals and an assist for Johnson State, and Zach Jerome (Waterford, Conn. / Waterford) posted 11 saves in goal.

The Badgers will host  Central Maine Community College next weekend for their last game of the season while the Roos hit the road for their final two games at Oswego State on April 27 and Lyndon State on May 1.