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January 11, 2014

Strong offense, poor defense for PSU in victory

PLATTSBURGH — Bob Emery is about ready to stop preaching better defense to his Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team.

Not because the message has gotten through, but because he thinks it’s falling on deaf ears.

The Cardinals gave up three goals and multiple breakaways Friday but found the net one more time than Skidmore did for a 4-3 nonconference victory at Stafford Ice Arena.

“Again, it was another great offensive effort for us, and it was a terrible defensive effort,” Emery said. “Our puck movement at certain times was disgraceful, to say the least.

“They’re not listening to me about taking care of the puck, so I don’t know who they’re going to listen to. As a coach sometimes you can over-coach, and I’m not going to say anything now.”

The Cardinals allowed more than one goal just three times in the first semester but have done so in all three of their second-semester games. They host Castleton State tonight.

Barry Roytman tallied a power-play goal late in the second period to put the third-ranked Cardinals (11-1-2) ahead, and they kept the puck out of their net in the third period. But that didn’t necessarily mean they cleaned up their play. During a five minute power play, they coughed up the puck and gave the Thoroughbreds (6-5-4) a short-handed breakaway chance.

Plattsburgh goalie Spencer Finney stacked his pads to deny the shot, but on another breakaway in the first period, Marc Cibelli beat him glove-side for Skidmore’s first goal. And later in that period, Anthony Bird poked the puck away from a Plattsburgh defenseman and was off to the races. His shot sailed high.

Plattsburgh blueliner Anthony Calabrese said those golden opportunities were due to “miscommunications and things like that.”

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