GLENS FALLS — Plattsburgh State got its offense going early and kept it going throughout Friday’s game.
Jared Docking scored twice as the Cardinals beat Skidmore 7-1 in a nonconference men’s hockey game at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
“I thought we were very opportunistic (Friday), something we haven’t been as of late,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “I don’t think the score was indicative of the game. Skidmore deserves a lot more credit than the final score. We had a lot of turnovers in the game, which they caused.”
The ninth-ranked Cardinals (9-4-1) visit Castleton tonight.
Docking netted the first two goals Friday, both on the power play, at 3:05 and 8:32 of the first period. Mark Constantine made it 3-0 at 13:49.
Plattsburgh’s Andrew Smith tallied early in the second before Tim Colvin put Skidmore (5-6-2) on the board. Jake Mooney added a goal late in the period for the Cardinals.
Dillan Fox scored in the middle of the third, and then Zach Popp recorded his first collegiate goal.
The Cardinals were coming off a loss to Amherst, which held them scoreless until the final minutes, but they found the net more easily Friday.
“Not to take anything away from Skidmore, but when you play good defensive teams, it’s hard to score those goals,” Emery said. “But I did like our passing in the offensive zone (Friday), and we did a good job finishing.”
Docking finished with three points, and Popp, Smith and Luke Baleshta all had two.
Mathieu Cadieux made 27 saves for the win. Skidmore’s Ben Freiberg had 31 saves.
After not finding much success on the power play recently, Plattsburgh finished 2-for-3 Friday.
“We tried to simplify the power play and just get pucks to the net,” Emery said.
Plattsburgh State 7, Skidmore 1
Plattsburgh 3 2 2 — 7
Skidmore 0 1 0 — 1
First period- 1, PSU, Docking (A. Jensen), 3:05 (pp). 2, PSU, Docking (Baleshta, Emmerling), 8:32 (pp). 3, PSU, Constantine (Gorman, Baleshta), 13:49. Penalties: Docking, PSU (charging), 0:32. Cottam, Skid (tripping), 2:59. McQuillan, Skid (tripping), 3:25. Krajnak (slashing), 7:52.
Second period- 4, PSU, Smith (Docking, Roytman), 3:52. 5, Skid, Colvin (Nilsson, Buonocore), 8:31. 6, PSU, Mooney (Popp, Calabrese), 17:15. Penalties: Roytman, PSU (tripping), 5:42. Gorman, PSU (diving), 11:41. Dupuis, Skid (hooking), 11:41. Kaye, PSU (tripping), 14:53.
Third period- 7, PSU, Fox (Smith), 11:29. 8, PSU, Popp, 12:54. Penalties: Popp, PSU (hooking), 6:27.
Shots on goal:
Plattsburgh 16 7 15 — 38
Skidmore 14 7 7 — 28
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Cadieux, PSU, 28-27. Freiberg, Skid, 38-31.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Plattsburgh 2-3, Skidmore 0-4.