MIDDLEBURY — Connor Gorman and Alex Jensen tallied third-period goals and Plattsburgh State beat Middlebury 4-2 in nonconference men’s hockey Friday.
The Cardinals couldn’t get much separation from the Panthers, who kept answering when Plattsburgh started to pull away.
“I give Middlebury a lot of credit. They won a lot of 50/50 pucks; they battled,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “Their coach called them on their tenacity before the game, and they brought it (Friday). They caused us to make a lot of mistakes.
“If it wasn’t for Chewy (goalie Mathieu Cadieux) in the second period, we don’t get out of there.”
The third-ranked Cardinals (14-1-2), who have won four straight, visit Williams today.
Sophomore defenseman Anthony Calabrese registered his first career goal late in the first period to put Plattsburgh ahead. Michael Radisa made it 2-0 16 seconds into the second, but Middlebury’s Derek Pimentel responded two-and-a-half minutes later.
The Panthers held an 11-7 shot advantage in the second, and Emery said they gained a lot of momentum from their power play. Plattsburgh took four penalties in the period, including three in a 23-second span.
“We had the same problems we’ve had all along — turnovers in the defensive zone and the neutral zone,” Emery said. “I think we play that way because we know we have Chewy, but that’s not an excuse. We gotta find a way to make the game simpler.
“But we relied on skill (Friday), not smarts. And skill won the game, starting with the skill in net.”
Gorman’s power-play marker at 2:35 of the third gave Plattsburgh a two-goal cushion, but once again, Middlebury (6-5-2) came right back at the other end. Louis Belisle made it 3-2 at 3:33.
Alex Jensen scored on the breakaway with 1:02 left in the game to put it away.