“Defense,” he said. “Blocking shots, helping the goaltender out, get pucks out of the zone. Try to score goals as well — get on their goalie, score more goals. They might not be used to it. So block shots, score goals. Just play the game.”
Plattsburgh’s scoring has been up this season, although last weekend the Cardinals had trouble capitalizing on opportunities at times.
“I think the Middlebury game was a little bit of last year. We didn’t find the net on our Grade-A scoring chances,” Emery said. “Then we played St. Thomas the next night, played a great game defensively, played a great game offensively and only had two goals to show for it.
“So we gotta just keep working hard, and try to find that back of the net. And I think the goals will come. Especially with the young team that we have, eventually they’ll come.”
Constantine, a sophomore, has team-highs with five goals and 10 points, and freshman Luke Baleshta also has 10 points, including a team-leading seven assists.
The Cardinals beat the Lakers 3-2 in last year’s SUNYAC championship game, ending Oswego’s seven-game unbeaten streak in the rivalry.
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