The Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team heads to Morrisville this weekend, and for the first time since the Mustangs joined the SUNY Athletic Conference, it will be a two-game weekend for both teams.
The conference changed the schedule this season so that each team plays its two games against Morrisville in one weekend rather than in a home-and-home series. The Cardinals visit Morrisville this year and will host both games next year.
Because there is an odd number of teams in the conference, Morrisville does not have a travel partner. In the past, Plattsburgh would have just one game on weekends that it played the Mustangs.
Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said the change makes sense, adding that the old schedule wasn’t fair to the Mustangs because their opponents would have a single game, while they’d have to prepare for two different opponents and play two games.
“I think it’s pretty good,” he said. “It wasn’t great going down there for one game.”
The coach said that knowing they’d play the same team twice didn’t change much this week for the Cardinals (4-0-1, 4-0-1 SUNYAC).
“It’s definitely harder to beat the same team two times in a row, especially on the road,” Emery said. “Preparation for Friday is the same (as usual). Preparation for Saturday is different because it’s the same team. You’d hope there would be less work for our coaching staff on Saturday. But knowing our coaching staff, we’ll still be working just as hard.”
Morrisville’s lone win came against Buffalo State. Last weekend, the Mustangs tied Cortland 4-4 and then lost 6-1 the next night.
Mike Dolman, who has eight assists and one goal, leads the team in scoring. Ryan Marcuz is next with five goals and three assists. Senior Christopher Azzano has been in net for four five games and is 0-4-1.