November 29, 2013

Benchmark weekend for Cards as they host PrimeLink Shootout

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State’s numbers have been strong — it has an unbeaten record, it’s ranked in the top three nationally and it’s at or near the top of several national men’s hockey statistical categories. But the Cardinals haven’t been pleased with the way they’ve played in some games despite positive outcomes.

They expect this weekend to give them a clear idea of where they stand.

“We’re going to really know what we’re all about after this weekend; we’re going to really know what the country’s all about after this weekend,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “The PrimeLink every year brings like a national flavor. So we’ll learn a lot, because the better the teams you play against, the mistakes will get magnified.

“Because if you make mistakes in your own end like we’ve been making, the puck will be in the back of our own net a lot more.”

No. 3 Plattsburgh hosts the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout this weekend and will meet Wisconsin-Superior tonight. No. 2 Norwich and No. 15 Middlebury will face off in the opening contest, and the winners will play for the championship Saturday night. The third-place game will precede the championship game.

Wisconsin-Superior (3-4) finished last season in a funk and dropped its first three games this year to extend its winless streak to 11 games. But the Yellowjackets have won three of their last four, including a 3-2 victory over St. Scholastica last Saturday.

Pat Dalbec, Cody Hotchkin and Eric Shand all have six points for Wisconsin-Superior.

“We don’t’ know anything about them,” Emery said. “We’re just going to go out and play, try to play good Cardinal hockey and try to take care of business that way.”

Norwich (5-0-1) won its first four games and then tied St. Anselm last Friday before beating New England College 6-2 the next night. The Cadets, who have won the PrimeLink the last two years, are second in Division III with a 5.83 goals-per-game average.

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