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November 25, 2012

Cardinals rebound for consolation victory

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Plattsburgh State scored twice in a span of 1:03 Saturday and kept St. Thomas from finding the net the whole game.

Mark Constantine and Connor Gorman had second-period goals as the Cardinals blanked the Tommies 2-0 in the consolation game of the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout men’s hockey tournament at Kreitzburg Arena.

“I thought we played really good defensively from the goalie on out. I thought we did a good job,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “I think the best part of our defense was our puck possession in the offensive zone. I thought we really controlled the puck in the offensive zone.”

Norwich edged Middlebury 5-4 in the championship game.

There were few scoring chances in the opening period of the first game as the teams combined for just four shots on goal. But Emery thought it was a good start for the Cardinals (6-2).

“I thought we played great in the first period,” Emery said. “We broke out of our zone really well, and we moved the puck in the neutral zone all night.”

Their offense got going in the second. Constantine broke the scoreless tie 3:27 in with an assist from Gorman. Then Gorman gave the Cards a 2-0 cushion just over a minute later by chipping in a rebound on the power play.

“Like coach says, you just gotta drive the net,” Gorman said. “Our defense played great tonight, getting the puck up to the forwards. We found some lanes to cut through and make some nice passes. Some good puck movement all around.”

St. Thomas also trailed 2-0 after two periods Friday, and it came back to tie the game in the third. But Saturday, Plattsburgh continued to hold the Tommies (5-4-1) off the scoreboard in the final period. While Emery said the Cardinals made mental mistakes on Day 1 of the tournament, he said they were smarter with the puck against St. Thomas.

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