CORTLAND — With a rivalry game looming, Plattsburgh State played to a disappointing tie with Cortland Friday.
The Red Dragons got a third-period goal from Michael Lysyj to pull into a 3-3 draw in SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey.
Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said the Cardinals didn’t get good leadership.
“I thought the game was lost in the locker room and in the first period,” he said. “We weren’t ready to play.
“It was a lot like the Geneseo game (two weeks ago) — Cortland outhustled us, out-physicaled us, overpowered us.”
Plattsburgh (6-2-1, 5-1-1 SUNYAC) visits Oswego, the top-ranked team in Division III, tonight.
Most of Friday’s goals were scored in the first period, and three came in a span of just over three minutes. Alex Brenton put Plattsburgh on the board five minutes in, and Mike Henrici tied it 45 seconds later. Then Matty Davie put Cortland (2-6-2, 2-4-1) in front at 8:13.
Plattsburgh’s Jared Docking made it 2-2 with 22 seconds left in the period.
Luke Baleshta tallied in the final minute of the second period for a 3-2 Plattsburgh lead. Lysyj knotted it up 7:08 into the third.
“I thought we had a pretty good second period; we played the puck down deep in their end,” Emery said. “Then the first 10 minutes of the third we didn’t play well. The last 10 we had plenty of chances to score, we just didn’t score.
“But what I’m more worried about is we don’t have enough toughness. We didn’t battle enough.”
Lyle Rocker made 31 saves to earn the win. Plattsburgh’s Mathieu Cadieux stopped 29 shots.
Emery said the Cardinals have some things to figure out.
“The chemistry’s not right. The leadership’s not right,” he said. “We have to find out how to get that right.”
First-place Oswego (8-0, 7-0), which beat Potsdam on Friday, is three points ahead of the Cardinals in the SUNYAC standings going into tonight’s contest.