POTSDAM — Plattsburgh State picked up its play in the second period Friday and scored four goals on its way to a 4-2 SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey win over Potsdam.
“I think we were a tale of two teams (Friday),” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “At times we played really well, and at times we were our old selves.
“In the first period, we weren’t emotional at all. And Potsdam was really emotional, and we took them too lightly. Second period, we came out of the locker room and turned it on.”
Dakota Mason started off the scoring surge 2:03 into the second period, and Alex Brenton made it 2-0 less than two minutes later. Connor Gorman scored at 14:12, and Brenton added his second of the night with just under four minutes left in the period.
“After that, I think we got back to being complacent again,” Emery said. “We thought Potsdam would lie down.”
The Bears (6-11, 1-7 SUNYAC) pulled a little closer early in the third when Matt Thompson found the back of the net, and then Adam Place tallied at 17:16.
Mathieu Cadieux stopped 28 shots for the win, and Shane Talarico turned away 26 in Potsdam’s net.
Brenton’s two goals gave him eight on the season, tying him for the team lead and also matching his career high. Kevin Emmerling earned two assists, and Gorman also had a two-point game.
The Cardinals’ ongoing problems taking care of the puck in their own end showed up at times Friday.
“I don’t know when we’re going to learn,” Emery said. “We show them video, and it’s taking a long time to sink in. Basically it comes down to our hockey IQ needs to get better.”
No. 4 Plattsburgh (15-2-2, 8-0-2) is off today and will play its final regular-season road games next weekend at Geneseo and Brockport.
Plattsburgh 4, Potsdam 2
Plattsburgh 0 4 0 — 4
Potsdam 0 0 2 — 2
First period- Penalties: Bench, Pots (too many players), 1:26. Caligiuri, Pots (hooking), 6:35. Hall, PSU (interference), 13:26.
Second period- 1, PSU, Mason (Emmerling, Gorman), 2:03. 2, PSU, Brenton (Hermans), 3:54. 3, PSU, Gorman (Emmerling), 14:12. 4, PSU, Brenton (Cassidy), 16:03. Penalties: N. Jensen, PSU (hooking), 5:46. A. Jensen, PSU (roughing), 7:25. Blake, Pots (roughing), 7:25. Thompson, Pots (cross-checking), 7:53.
Third period- 5, Pots, Thompson (Avgerinos, Ware), 5:32. 6, Pots, Place (Cope), 17:16. Penalties: Cassidy, PSU (boarding), 19:38.
Plattsburgh 11 15 4 — 30
Potsdam 8 10 12 — 30
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Cadieux, PSU, 30-28. Talarico, Pots, 30-26.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Plattsburgh 0-3, Potsdam 0-3.