November 17, 2013

PSU men's hockey settles for a tie

BUFFALO — Plattsburgh State fired 44 shots on goal Saturday, but after just one of those got through, the Cardinals settled for a 1-1 tie with Buffalo State in a SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey game.

Kevin Carr made 43 saves and the Bengals netted the tying goal early in the third period.

“Outside of our power play, I think it was our best 60 minutes yet,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “Kevin Carr always plays well against us, and (Saturday) was no exception. We had a lot of chances in the first and second periods to get that second goal, and we couldn’t get it.”

Dillan Fox put Plattsburgh (4-0-1, 4-0-1 SUNYAC) in front at 5:07 of the first period with assists from Alex Jensen and Mark Constantine.

The score stayed there until 3:37 into the third, when Kyle Whipple tied it up.

“We had one of our players not put the puck in deep, and they transitioned really fast into a 2-on-1 and got a goal,” Emery said. “That’s a bad mistake in a 1-0 game that we can’t have.”

The Bengals had a lengthy 5-on-3 opportunity a few minutes after their goal, but the Cardinals managed to keep them from notching another one.

Buffalo State (3-2-1, 3-2-1) began the five-minute overtime period with a power play after Plattsburgh was called for a penalty at the end of regulation. But the Bengals were soon whistled for a penalty of their own, negating the man advantage.

The Cardinals held a 6-1 edge in shots in the overtime, and one of their shots — by Connor Gorman — went in the net in the final seconds. But the goal was waved off.

Mathieu Cadieux made 24 saves for the Cardinals.

Plattsburgh, typically one of the least-penalized teams in Division III, committed nine infractions Saturday.

“Guys will be held accountable for stupid penalties,” Emery said. “We want to keep penalties to eight minutes or less in a game.”

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