PLATTSBURGH — Bob Emery expected to learn a lot about his Plattsburgh State team during the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout, and one thing he learned was the Cardinals are willing to sacrifice.
Plattsburgh tallied three goals in the first period and defeated Middlebury 3-1 in the championship game of the annual men’s hockey tournament Saturday at the Stafford Ice Arena. Middlebury coach Bill Beaney praised the Cardinals’ shot-blocking, and Plattsburgh goaltender Mathieu Cadieux said he was appreciative of their effort.
“There were a lot of mistakes out there (Saturday), but I know we found a way to win and that was good for me,” Emery said. “And we became very sacrificial, and the guys are willing to pay the price to win. And that’s clearly evident, again, by the blocked shots.”
The Cardinals have now won the tournament four of the five times it’s been held in Plattsburgh. Earlier in the day, Wisconsin-Superior knocked off No. 2 Norwich 3-0 to claim third place.
No. 3 Plattsburgh (8-0-1) gave up just two goals on the weekend, and although Cadieux was named the tournament’s MVP, he credited the Cardinals’ team defense.
“On a personal note, that’s definitely something that I’m happy with, but ultimately it was the team in front,” Cadieux said. “(Saturday) and (Friday) they were blocking shots, keeping the chances down. They made my job really easy. It was awesome.”
Michael Radisa and Barry Roytman represented Plattsburgh on the All-Tournament Team, and Patrick Hermans was named the Outstanding Rookie.
Plattsburgh took control at the start. Connor Gorman scored from the left circle 3:29 into the game, and Dakota Mason put in a shot from down low just over two minutes later. Shortly before the end of the period, Radisa skated down the left side and ripped a shot that beat Michael Peters five-hole for a 3-0 lead heading into the intermission.