PLATTSBURGH — Mathieu Cadieux kept the puck out of Plattsburgh State’s net for 48 minutes and 17 seconds Friday before Fredonia got one past him.
Saturday, he finished off the shutout.
The senior goaltender made 24 saves as the Cardinals beat Buffalo State 2-0 in SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey at Stafford Ice Arena.
“I thought we were good at times and bad at times. And when we were bad at times, it’s good to have an All-American goalie like Cadieux,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “He was super (Saturday). He makes it look easy a lot, but you gotta know the game to know without him, we don’t win that game (Saturday).”
The Cardinals (18-3-2, 11-1-2 SUNYAC) needed just 26 seconds to pull ahead of the Bengals. Michael Radisa scored with assists from Michael Cassidy and Barry Roytman.
“To get a goal early against a team that’s so good defensively was huge,” Cadieux said. “I think that gave us a little bit of confidence that we could get one that early on them.”
But Emery thought the quick goal made the sixth-ranked Cardinals think things were going to be easy all night. He said they let up a little bit and were passive offensively at times.
Five minutes into the second period, Luke Baleshta was assessed a major for grasping the facemask after some pushing and shoving in front of the Buffalo State net. The Cardinals killed off most of the penalty, and then the Bengals(9-9-4, 6-4-3) got whistled, making it 4-on-4.
“They were unbelievable in front of me,” Cadieux said of the penalty killers. “I’m pretty sure on the five-minute major I may have only had one shot on net. There was a lot of blocked shots, a lot of forcing them wide. And a lot of times they didn’t even let them get set up, which was great.”