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November 4, 2012

PSU hockey knocks off Potsdam

MASSENA — The Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team found itself trailing by two after one period, but a four-goal second period helped the Cardinals (2-0, 2-0) rally for a 6-4 win over Potsdam in a SUNY Athletic Conference game at Massena Arena Saturday.

The Bears (2-1, 1-1) jumped out front with just 1:14 gone in the first period with a Billy Pascalli goal. The Bears stretched the lead to 2-0 at the 9:49 mark when Kenny Simon found he back of the net for his first of the year.

“I thought we had two mental lapses off of faceoffs that cost us two goals,” Plattsburgh State head coach Bob Emery said. “(Potsdam) did a great job blocking shots and getting in front of their goalie.”

With 14 minutes left in the second period, Plattsburgh State began to dig itself out of the hole when Alex Brenton was able to deflect a puck in front of the net to cut the Bears’ lead to 2-1.

The Cardinals tied the game when Mark Constantine scored on the power-play with 11:35 gone in the second. Mike Grace took a shot from the blue line and Constantine knocked home the rebound to make it 2-2.

Plattsburgh State took its first lead of the evening when the power-play unit cashed in another opportunity with 2:53 remaining in the second period. Nick Jensen gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead with assists from Brandon Beadow and Dillan Fox.

At 18:27 of the middle period, Plattsburgh’s Max Balaban was whistled for a holding penalty to put the Cardinals down a skater. Jared Docking picked up his own pass and beat Potsdam goaltender Austin Keiser for the short-handed goal, giving Plattsburgh State a 4-2 lead after two periods of play.

“We came out opportunistic and did a good job on the power play,” Emery said. “The guys did a good job of responding. Certain players stepped-up with leadership responsibilities, but we need to be more balanced in that department.

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