PLATTSBURGH — As good a win as it was for the Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team Friday night, coach Bob Emery says his team still has a lot of work to do.
Defenseman Barry Roytman scored two goals and the Cardinals (2-0, 2-0) skated to a 4-1 victory over Geneseo (2-1, 2-1) in SUNY Athletic Conference action at the Stafford Ice Arena.
“We’re still a work in progress,” he said. “You want to stay positive as a coach, but you also want your team to correct its mistakes.
“Geneseo is a good team and they’re going to win a lot of games. It was a good win for us (Friday), but we need to get better.”
The Cardinals held a 35-24 shot advantage while scoring two power-play goals and one short-handed marker.
“We did a great job in our zone without the puck and we had good special teams play,” Emery said. “We also played smart with the lead in the third period, got the puck in deep and kept the clock running. And we made sacrifices with blocked shots.
“But we still need to do a better job breaking out of our zone. We are also making too many turnovers. We had a lot of turnovers in our win over Potsdam and had some more (Friday).”
It didn’t take Plattsburgh long to take the lead for good.
With the Cardinals skating a man up, Alex Jensen got the puck to Roytman, who sent a hard slap shot off the crossbar that deflected down and into the net 4:23 into the contest.
Plattsburgh then scored a key goal while skating down a man with 26 seconds remaining in the first. Jensen broke in and Geneseo goalie Nick Horrigan was able to make the initial save. But Michael Radisa followed up to score on the rebound.
“That was a great play by Alex,” Emery said.
The Cardinals came out strong to start the second period and grabbed a 3-0 advantage just 1:57 in when Kevin Emmerling stole the puck and went in on a breakaway to beat Horrigan between the pads.
That was it for Horrigan, who was replaced by Bryan Haude.
The Knights then got a glimmer of hope when Stephen Collins scored from inside the slot at 9:14 when the Cardinals couldn’t get the puck out of their end.
But that was the only goal scored against Mathieu Cadieux, who was once against solid in the Plattsburgh nets, stopping 23 of 24 shots.
“Our goalie gives us a chance to win,” Emery said.
Plattsburgh, however, regained its three-goal lead on Roytman’s second goal of the contest, which came at the 15:37 mark. It was the Cardinals’ second power-play goal of the night as Roytman found the net with another slap shot from the point.
Neither team was able to score in the third period.
Plattsburgh went 2-for-5 on the power play, while Geneseo was 0-for-7, including giving up a goal.
The Cardinals will look to make it a weekend sweep at home when they host The College at Brockport tonight at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles tuned up for the game with a 6-3 win at Potsdam on Friday night.
Plattsburgh 4, Geneseo 1
Score by periods:
Geneseo 0 1 0 — 1
Plattsburgh 2 2 0 — 4
First period- 1, PSU, Roytman ppg (A. Jensen), 4:23. 2, PSU, Radisa shg (A. Jensen), 19:34. Penalties- Brown, Gen (hooking), 4:16. Mason, PSU (hooking), 18:15.
Second period- 3, PSU, Emmerling, 1:57. 4, Gen, Collins (Bisdee), 9:14. 5, PSU, Roytman (Fox, Botting), 15:37. Penalties- Stahl, Gen (interference), 5:55. Farnan, PSU (holding the stick), 10:53. Schell, Gen (slashing), 13:30. Solomon, Gen (slashing), 13:48. Ripple, Gen (tripping), 16:54. Radisa, PSU (tripping), 19:30.
Third period- no scoring. Penalties- Calabrese, PSU (holding), 4:50. Bisdee, Gen (hooking), 9:59. Brown, Gen (10-minute misconduct), 11:02. Hermans, PSU (elbowing), 13:01. Scharfe, Gen (interference), 14:20. Calabrese, PSU (interference), 14:33.
Shots on goal:
Geneseo 7 8 9 — 24
Plattsburgh 13 12 10 — 35
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Horrigan (16-13), Haude (19-18), Gen, 35-31. Cadieux, PSU, 24-23.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Geneseo, 0-7. Plattsburgh, 2-5.