Press-Republican

February 5, 2013

Danger lies ahead for hockey Cardinals

Plattsburgh counting on home-ice advantage, help from SUNYAC rivals


Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — One road is closed to the Plattsburgh State hockey Cardinals while the only other route to the nationals is fraught with bumps and potholes.

The Cardinals’ chances of securing an at-large berth in the NCAA Div. III field, slim at best, were dashed on Saturday with the 2-1 loss to Fredonia.

The setback left ninth-ranked Plattsburgh (14-6-1) with the most losses among the top 10 teams in the latest United States College Hockey Online poll. Furthermore, the Cardinals trail three New York teams (Oswego, Hobart and Utica) in the rankings.

Fortunately for Plattsburgh, there still remains the State University of New York Athletic Conference and SUNYAC’s automatic spot in the nationals. The Cardinals have taken that path many times, but this year, the travel looks exceedingly dangerous. The good news is Plattsburgh will close out the regular season with four home games; the bad news is the Cardinals are still looking up at Geneseo and Oswego.

Plattsburgh will host Geneseo and Brockport this weekend and Cortland and Oswego the following week.

To finish first and gain home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, Plattsburgh (9-2-1) will have to run the table. Four victories would give the Cardinals 27 points, but still needing outside help. Oswego (11-1-0) would have to lose or tie with Buffalo State, Fredonia or Potsdam, in addition to losing to Plattsburgh. If the two tie, Plattsburgh would have the upperhand with its two victories.

Right now, however, Geneseo is Bob Emery’s biggest concern. The Ice Knights (10-2-1) have only three games left: Plattsburgh, Potsdam and Morrisville.

The Cardinals must beat the Knights on Friday to move into second, which carries a first-round bye in the SUNYAC playoffs. A loss on Friday would all but assure Plattsburgh of a third-place finish and a first-round game.

Keep in mind, too, that Plattsburgh lost in Geneseo (3-2) in November and must find a way to negate that Ice Knight advantage.

A 3-3 standoff with Cortland further underscores the fact that nothing has come easy for the Cardinals this season in SUNYAC.

Card women still No. 1

The Plattsburgh State women are still No. 1 in Div. III for the ninth week in a row, but Gustavus Adolphus cut into the Cardinals’ lead. The 3-3 tie with Utica on Saturday cost Plattsburgh two first-place votes and trimmed its poll lead to six points, from 14.

Kevin Houle’s Cardinals will close out the campaign on the road, at Potsdam (Sunday) and Neumann (Feb. 16-17).

USCHO.com Division III Men’s Poll

February 04, 2013

Team (votes) W-L-T Pts Last

1 Norwich (19) 18-2-0 298 1

2 Oswego 18-3-0 257 3

3 Bowdoin 17-2-1 245 2

4 Wis-Eau Claire (1) 18-3-2 231 5

5 Hobart 17-3-2 217 5

6 St. Norbert 17-5-1 204 4

7 Adrian 17-1-3 195 7

8 Utica 17-4-0 181 8

9 Plattsburgh 14-6-1 114 9

10 Amherst 12-5-3 113 11

11 Mass-Boston 16-3-2 100 12

12 Williams 12-5-3 74 10

13 Manhattanville 12-7-2 44 13

14 Geneseo 15-6-1 41 NR

15 Milwaukee Eng.   13-7-1 18 NR

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin-Stevens Point 17, Trinity 12, Neumann 10, Plymouth State 7, Wisconsin-River Falls 7, Babson 6, Wentworth 5, St. Olaf 4.

SUNYAC

Teams W-L-T Pct. Pts Gf-Ga

Oswego 11 1 0 .917 22 60-21

Geneseo 10-2-1 .808 21 54-31

Plattsburgh 9-2-1 .792 19 45-19

Buffalo State 5-7-1 .423 11 38-41

Fredonia 5-7-1 .423 11 21-45

Brockport 4-8-1 .346 9 28-37

Morrisville 4-10 0 .286 8 38-57

USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll

February 04, 2013

Team (votes) W-L-T Pts Last

1 Plattsburgh (10) 20-0-2 143 1

2 Gustavus Adolphus (5) 18-0-0 137 2

3 Elmira 18-3-1 119 3

4 Norwich 16-2-3 111 4

5 Wis-River Falls 14-4-2 81 6

6 Middlebury 13-4-2 70 5

7 Lake Forest 13-2-4 49 9

8 Bowdoin 14-4-2 30 7

9 Adrian 17-5-1 26 10

10 Wis-Superior 12-7-1 22 8

Others receiving votes: Trinity 13, Amherst 10, Manhattanville 5, St. Thomas 5, Utica 4.

ECAC D-III West

Teams W-L-T Pct. Pt Gf-Ga

Plattsburgh 12-0-1 .962 25 72-10

Elmira 12-2-0 .857 24 69-15

Utica 8-4-2 .643 18 34-30

Oswego 8-4-0 .667 16 31-22

Cortland 6-8-0 .429 12 31-40

Potsdam 4-8-1 .346 9 17-43

Neumann 4-8-0 .333 8 23-31

Buffalo State 4-8-0 .333 8 23-31

     USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll

February 04, 2013

Team (votes) W-L-T Pts Last

1 Minnesota (30) 18-4-4  978 1

2 Quinnipiac (20) 19-3-4 967 2

3 Miami 17-6-5 876 4

4 New Hampshire 16-7-2 804 3

5 Boston College 15-7-2 798 5

6 Western Michigan 17-6-5 770 6

7 North Dakota 14-8-6 659 7

8 St. Cloud State 17-10-1 603 12

9 Denver 15-8-4 596 10

10 Yale 13-6-3 587 8

11 Minnesota State 16-9-3 421 15

11 Notre Dame 16-11-1 421 9

13 Boston University 13-10-1 412 11

14 Nebraska-Omaha 16-10-2 352 14

15 Niagara 17-4-5 328 17

16 Mass-Lowell 14-9-2 280 13

17 Dartmouth 11-8-3 190 16

18 Union 13-8-5 168 18

19 Wisconsin 11-9-6 97 19

20 Merrimack 12-10-5 61 NR

Others receiving votes: Alaska 46, Colgate 46, Ferris State 17, Providence 13, Ohio State 4, St. Lawrence 2, Bowling Green 1, Holy Cross 1, Northern Michigan 1.

USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll

February 04, 2013

Team (votes) W-L-T Pts Last

1 Minnesota (15 28-0-0 150  1

2 Boston College 20-4-2 132 2

3 Boston University 18-3-3 109 4

4 Cornell 19-4-0 104 5

5 Harvard 17-2-2 98 3

6 Clarkson 21-7-0 67 6

7 Mercyhurst 21-5-1 60 7

8 Wisconsin 15-9-2 46 8

9 North Dakota 18-10-0 39 9

10 Minn-Duluth 13-10-3 14 10

Others receiving votes: Northeastern 3, St. Lawrence 2, Providence 1.