January 30, 2014

Cards look to strengthen hold on first place in SUNYAC

Geneseo is tied for second in the SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey standings, but Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery considers the Knights even higher than that.

“I look at Geneseo as tied for first,” Emery said. “We have two games in hand on them, so if they win those two games in hand, then they’re right with us. My mind-set is we’re playing for first place. And with that said, it’s probably the biggest road trip of the year.” 

The Cardinals face the Knights on Friday and then visit Brockport on Saturday.

Plattsburgh (15-2-2, 8-0-2 SUNYAC) leads the conference with 18 points. Buffalo State and Geneseo both have 14, although the Bengals have played 11 games and the Knights have played eight.

The Knights (13-4, 7-1) fell to Nazareth last Saturday. Junior forwards Tyler Brickler and Justin Scharfe lead them with 19 points. Zachary Vit has scored a team-high 13 goals.

Bryan Haude is 8-3 in net this season, and Nick Horrigan is 5-1.

“They’re playing well. They’ve got some good forwards who can score,” Emery said. “They’re good on the power play. So we gotta make sure we’re prepared to play good, defensive hockey.”

Plattsburgh is the only SUNYAC team that has beaten Geneseo — the Cardinals prevailed 4-1 Nov. 1 at Stafford Ice Arena.

“We’re both battling for home ice in the SUNYAC playoffs,” Plattsburgh junior Alex Jensen said. “So I’m sure they’ll be motivated to play us, because we’re definitely motivated to play them.”

Brockport (5-9-3, 2-5-1) has won three of its last five games after going winless in its previous seven. The Golden Eagles split with Morrisville last weekend.

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