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November 10, 2013

Cardinals fly past Brockport in men's college hockey

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State men’s hockey coach Bob Emery questioned his team’s decision-making abilities with the puck in its 4-1 win over Geneseo. 

Emery, now in his 24th season behind the bench, had no reason to second-guess his players Saturday.

Mark Constantine and Kevin Emmerling each scored two goals as the fourth-ranked Cardinals (3-0, 3-0 SUNYAC) drubbed The College at Brockport in SUNY Athletic Conference play at the Stafford Ice Arena, 6-0.

“Well, I thought we moved the puck well,” Emery said. “We cycled the puck well behind their goal line. We did a good job.”

Kevin Emmerling opened the game’s scoring at the 5:02 mark of the first period. After maintaining possession of the puck and fending off a defender, Dillan Fox found the sophomore forward in front.

“Coach was stressing (to) get the puck down low,” Emmerling said. “Obviously, we want to get on the board first early in the game. That’s kind of the main thing — just keeping it out of our zone and getting it in there.

“(Fox) was real important on that play. I honestly just had to tap it in; I really didn’t have to do too much. My linemates were working well down low.”

Constantine extended Plattsburgh’s lead to two by firing a shot into the top-right corner of the net. The power-play goal was scored at 10:39.

Michael Radisa scored the second period’s lone tally by redirecting a Patrick Hermans point shot past goaltender Jared Lockhurst.

“It was a good job by Hermans getting that puck to the net,” Emery said. “When you get pucks to the net, anything can happen. If you want to get goals, you’ve got to go to the net.”

Maintaining a three-goal cushion in the second period, Emery thought there were instances where his team had a lot of mental lapses.

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