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January 10, 2014

Cards look to rebound after first loss

PLATTSBURGH — After going the whole first semester without a loss, Plattsburgh State had its streak come to jarring end in the first weekend of the second semester.

“There was a bunch of sad faces in the locker room after (a 3-1 loss to Hobart last Saturday),” forward Alex Jensen said. “I think this entire week is about revenge because we’re not used to losing this year. It’s a big change, actually. It was a completely different mood than after a normal game.”

It’s a mood the Cardinals (10-1-2) hope they don’t experience much more. They look to get back on track as they host Skidmore tonight and Castleton State on Saturday.

“Well it’s our first major piece of adversity for the year, so it is a good test for us,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “I’m always a big believer in adversity is good for you, depending how you come out of it.

“You know, not only was that Hobart game a big, important game, but it was also a home game. With our tough road schedule coming up, we gotta really do a good job here this coming weekend at home.”

The Thoroughbreds (6-4-4) come into Stafford Ice Arena on a three-game winning streak that includes a 3-1 victory over Castleton on Tuesday. In the first semester, they took Norwich to overtime before falling 3-2.

Aaron Beck leads the team with 11 goals and 15 points, and five other players have reached double digits in points. Freshman Jack McDonald has had most of the starts in net, recording a 2.46 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

Castleton (7-6-1) split a pair of games last weekend before falling to fellow ECAC East team Skidmore. The Spartans knocked off the Cardinals last year 5-2.

The Cardinals are in the middle of a stretch of seven nonconference games. They’ll face Norwich, Middlebury and Williams next week before returning to SUNY Athletic Conference play Jan. 24. These games could have an impact on Plattsburgh’s postseason outlook.

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