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December 8, 2012

Cardinals drop close game to No. 1 Cadets

PLATTSBURGH — Kyle Thomas scored a power-play goal on the rush in Friday’s second period, and that was enough to give Norwich a win.

Matic Marinsek denied all 27 of Plattsburgh State’s shots as the Cadets earned a 1-0 victory in nonconference men’s hockey at Stafford Ice Arena.

Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery didn’t think his team showed enough grit.

“I don’t think we fought that hard,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “I thought we were watching too much in the first two periods. Our forwards gotta start playing with more sense of urgency.

“I thought in the third period was when we finally started playing with some sense of urgency, and we got some good goal-scoring chances.”

The seventh-ranked Cardinals closed the first semester with a 7-3-1 record. Two of their losses were to ranked teams, including No. 1 Norwich, but they were also upset by Geneseo and settled for a tie against Cortland. They stand second in the SUNY Athletic Conference, one point behind Oswego.

“I don’t like the makeup of our team at all,” Emery said. “We need to find more role players. And that’s probably our fault as coaches.

“I think the makeup of our team is real soft, and we gotta find some guys that are willing to battle and fill that third- and fourth-line role.”

Friday’s game featured back-and-forth action, with both goalies making some tough saves.

The Cardinals had a good chance to take the lead late in the first period, when Luke Baleshta received the puck out front. He made a move but didn’t fool Marinsek, who made the stop.

Norwich (10-0) had an opportunity to break the scoreless tie in the second when Thomas sped into the offensive zone after the puck and sent a diagonal pass to Pier-Olivier Cotnoir. Plattsburgh’s Mathieu Cadieux turned him away.

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