February 22, 2014

Emmerling leads Plattsburgh State's offensive explosion

PLATTSBURGH — The Cardinals were wary of being rusty Friday after having last weekend off. It turned out they had nothing to worry about.

Plattsburgh State scored three goals in the first 3:11 and blew out Cortland 11-1 in a SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey game at Stafford Ice Arena.

“I was real pleased about how emotional we came out of the locker room,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “We were fired up (Friday). The guys were antsy.

“We came out of the locker room with a lot of juice, a lot of jam. It was real good.”

Kevin Emmerling and Dillan Fox powered the Cardinals’ offense with four points each. Plattsburgh (19-3-2, 12-1-2 SUNYAC), tied for first in the conference with Geneseo, will complete its regular season tonight against Oswego.

The Cardinals came out like they were itching to play Friday. Emmerling buried the puck just 49 seconds into the game, and 50 seconds after that, Alex Jensen made it 2-0. Plattsburgh kept up that pace, with Emmerling scoring again at 3:11.

“We talked about, in the locker room, having that weekend off last weekend,” Emmerling said. “We knew we might be a little bit rusty. So we just tried to get the puck in deep early. Tried to get a good jump on them.

“I think we did that well. And anytime you let up just a goal in a game is obviously something to be proud of.”

Cortland (4-16-3, 3-10-2) scored its goal less than four minutes after Emmerling’s second goal, when Nick Zappia tallied during a power play.

The Cardinals had another goal spurt in the second period. Ryan Farnan started it off with his fourth of the year at 2:13. Then, in a span of 21 seconds, Emmerling assisted on Alex Brenton’s goal and potted one of his own for a hat trick.

The Red Dragons took a timeout, but things didn’t get any better for them. Mike Davie was soon whistled for a major penalty after slamming Anthony Calabrese into the boards in Plattsburgh’s end. A minute into the five-minute power play, Michael Cassidy fired a shot from the right circle that rattled off the far goal post and in for a 7-1 cushion.

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