MORRISVILLE — You wouldn’t think Plattsburgh State’s goalie would be a key player in game in which the Cardinals won 7-1 and owned the shots 56-16.
But Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said Mathieu Cadieux made the difference in the second period Friday, and then the Cardinals broke open the game in the third for a SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey victory over Morrisville.
“We had another bad second period, and if it wasn’t for our goalie I think things would’ve have been different heading into the third period,” Emery said. “We were very fortunate that it was 3-1 after two periods. We played well in the first period, played well in the third, but we had a bad second period.”
Cadieux made 15 saves — 10 in the second period — and Alex Jensen led Plattsburgh offensively with a goal and two assists. The Cardinals (5-0-1, 5-0-1 SUNYAC) and Mustangs (1-5-1, 1-5-1) will match up again tonight.
As has been the trend this season, the Cardinals got off to a hot start and then allowed their opponent to push back in second period. Dillan Fox and Jensen scored less than two minutes apart, and Luke Baleshta’s short-handed tally late in the first gave Plattsburgh a 3-0 lead.
The Mustangs answered with a short-handed goal by Josh Baker early in the second and put 11 shots on goal in the period after just four in the opening frame.
“I was just happy to get out of the second period,” Emery said. “They took it to us. They had some great chances. But with a goalie like Chewy there for you, like one of the assistant coaches said, it masks everything. He can mask all of our mistakes.”
Emery added that after taking the early lead, the Cardinals stopped focusing on defense first and started turning the puck over.