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January 5, 2014

Cards stunned by Hobart in Winter Classic

PLATTSBURGH — Hobart faced two unbeaten men’s hockey teams this weekend and took down both of them.

Plattsburgh State was the victim Saturday, as the Statesmen grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period and won the Buck Supply Winter Classic championship game 3-1 at Stafford Ice Arena.

“It’s real disappointing,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “I give Hobart a lot of credit. They wanted the game more than us. I thought we played hard. They just sacrificed like nobody’s business.”

Williams claimed third place by defeating Hamilton 4-3 in overtime.

Hobart goalie Lino Chimienti made 39 saves, keeping the Cardinals scoreless for 59 minutes and 20 seconds, and was named the tournament’s MVP. The Statesmen (4-4-4) went 0-4-2 in their last six games of the first semester but started the second by defeating No. 7 Williams on Friday and then knocking off the top-ranked team in Division III.

“Plattsburgh is a very dynamic team, and the key was keeping them off the board. That was it,” Hobart coach Mark Taylor said. “We just wanted to limit their skill and limit their talent up front. And that’s just playing tight and give ‘em nothing and hopefully they give us enough chances to come back the other way.”

Those chances came early on for the Statesmen. Mitch Beyer put them ahead 7:58 into the game, and 19 seconds later, Bo Webster made it 2-0. It was the first time this season Plattsburgh (10-1-2) had trailed by two goals. After falling behind in just one game in the first semester, the Cardinals trailed in both contests this weekend.

The Cardinals expected Hobart to come out with a lot of energy, and Emery said they matched that intensity well.

“The first eight minutes we played great,” he said. “I thought we played hard all game. But unfortunately, the way hockey is played today, defense wins games. And they were a better defensive team than we were (Saturday).”

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