PLATTSBURGH — It’s only been three games, but the Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team hasn’t been scoring many goals early on in contests thus far.
The well-conditioned Cardinals, however, are showing they know how to finish off a game.
Plattsburgh got a big goal late in the second period to break a 1-all tie and added four more in the third for a 6-1 victory over Buffalo State in SUNY Athletic Conference play at the Stafford Ice Arena on Friday night.
“It wasn’t a 6-1 game,” said Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery. “I was pleased with our defensive zone coverage and the breakout out of our zone.
“But Buffalo State played hard and they know what (Kevin) Carr can do for them in goal. They’ve had success against us the last few years playing like this.”
It was a 1-all tie when Michael Cassidy’s goal put the Cardinals (3-0-0, 3-0-0) ahead to stay with 26 seconds left in the second period. Cassidy took a centering pass in front from Alex Brenton.
“That was a huge goal for us,” said Emery. “Cassidy and Brenton played great for us tonight grinding it out. A goal like that at the end of the period gave us the momentum going into the third and took some of the wind out of their sails.”
Plattsburgh came out flying in the third and spent much of the time in the Buffalo State end before Brenton stuffed in a rebound at the 5:31 mark to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead and some breathing room.
The end for the Bengals (2-3-1, 1-2-1) came when they were whistled for a five-minute major for hitting from behind at 13:55.
The Cardinals took full advantage by scoring three power-play goals in less than a minute’s time.
Freshman Luke Baleshta tallied his first Plattsburgh goal at 16:14, jumping on a loose puck in front of the Buffalo State net. Kevin Emmerling then took a pass in front from Nick Jensen from the sideboards to make it 5-1 at 16:39. Baleshta added his second goal when he tallied on a tip-in at 17:03 to close out the scoring.