PLATTSBURGH — After allowing nine goals last weekend, Plattsburgh State got this weekend off to a better start defensively, giving up just one Friday.
Fredonia couldn’t generate many quality scoring chances as the Cardinals secured a 4-1 SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey victory at Stafford Ice Arena.
“That was one of the better defensive efforts, I thought, of the season,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “As far as turnovers go, we have to strive for perfection. We’re never going to get there, but we were closer (Friday) than we’ve ever been.
“We had a few turnovers, but I thought overall we did a good job, especially in the second and third periods, of not turning pucks over. And that was what I was pleased with.”
Offensively, Dillan Fox had a two-point night for No. 6 Plattsburgh (17-3-2, 10-1-2), which will host Buffalo State tonight.
Fox put Plattsburgh ahead 5:30 into the first period. Then Dakota Mason scored in the middle of the second period, and Alex Jensen, back after missing last weekend with a knee injury, stretched the lead to 3-0 about three minutes later. Fox assisted on Jensen’s goal.
Alex Brenton tallied in the third, giving him nine goals on the season. That’s a career high for the junior forward and also ties him for the team lead with Fox and Jensen. Brenton finished with eight goals and four assists last year, and he said he tries to keep things simple.
“Just shooting the puck and working hard, and that’s all it is,” he said. “You just gotta shoot the puck, get the puck on net, and it’s going to find a way.”
Although he skated with Ryan Farnan and Zach Popp on Friday, Brenton has spent much of the last two seasons with Michael Radisa and Michael Cassidy. He said those two are good at working hard in the corners and then feeding him pucks, which is evident in the trio’s numbers — Brenton one just assist while both of his linemates have more helpers than goals.
“My whole life I’ve kind of been a goal scorer — or I’ve always found the net more than I’ve found other people,” Brenton said. “I just like to think that once I get inside the top of the circles, I just put the puck on net and they go in for me.”
The puck didn’t go in for Fredonia (6-10-4, 4-5-3) until late in Friday’s game. Mathieu Cadieux stopped 20 shots, shutting the Blue Devils out until Zach White beat him with a laser from the right circle at 8:17 of the third.
Jeff Flagler made 29 saves for Fredonia.
Plattsburgh now has 22 points in the SUNYAC standings, seven more than third-place Buffalo State (9-8-4, 6-3-3). The Bengals tied Potsdam 1-1 Friday.
“Buffalo State’s had our number over the last couple years,” Emery said. “They have a great goalie, and they know that. And they play really good, strong, hard hockey in front of him.”
Plattsburgh 4, Fredonia 1
Fredonia 0 0 1 — 1
Plattsburgh 1 2 1 — 4
First period- 1, PSU, Fox, 5:30. Penalties: Radisa, PSU (elbowing), 1:11.
Second period- 2, PSU, Mason (Emmerling), 11:24. 3, PSU, A. Jensen (Fox), 14:34. Penalties: Owczarczak, Fred (tripping), 2:27. Wilkinson, Fred (cross-checking), 16:01. Botting, PSU (tripping) 17:31.
Third period- 4, PSU, Brenton (Botting), 2:53. 5, Fred, White (Wilkinson), 8:17. Penalties: Hermans, PSU (interference), 12:22. Bennett, Fred (boarding), 16:56.
Shots on goal:
Fredonia 8 8 5 — 21
Plattsburgh 11 15 7 — 33
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Flagler, Fred, 33-29. Cadieux, PSU, 21-20.
Power play (goals-opportunities): Fredonia 0-3, Plattsburgh 0-3.
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