Moodie netted his second of the night 7:54 into the third period for a 3-0 cushion. The Cardinals went on the power play with 10:15 left in the period and pulled their goalie shortly after to try to get some offense going. Mathieu Cadieux stayed out of the net after the penalty expired, and Jon Whitelaw scored an empty-netter. Andrew Hare made 30 saves for the shutout and was named the tournament’s MVP. Whitelaw and Chris Brown each had two points.
Cadieux stopped a point-blank shot in the middle of the first period. Then with just over five minutes left, Tyler Leimbrock came in on the rush and found the back of the net for a 1-0 edge.
The Cardinals had a great chance with just under nine minutes left in the second, but Andrew Hare reached out and grabbed the puck just before it crossed the goal line. Nick Jensen came flying in and forced Hare to make a good stop a few minutes later. Then at the other end, Moodie scored the game-changer. The Lakers earned their first championship since 2010. They lost to Plattsburgh twice in the regular season, and coach Ed Gosek said they played better in the third meeting.
“I won’t say we called (the players) out, but somthing had to change. We had to be better,” Gosek said. In the other matchups “it wasn’t that we were poor, but the little things, the blocking shots, the winning the battles, I thought we did a much better job than we did up in (Plattsburgh) a couple weeks ago.”
Cadieux had 29 saves for Plattsburgh. Docking and defenseman Mike Grace made the All-Tournament Team.
“Just a rough night,” Docking said. “We just didn’t play smart. It was our Achilles’ heel all year. And it
cost us today.”