PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State men’s hockey coach Bob Emery said from the outset that the toughest games to win are the ones you’re supposed to win.
The No. 9-ranked Cardinals (16-6-1, 11-2-1 SUNYAC) overcame an early one-goal deficit with three unanswered tallies in a 3-1 victory over The College at Brockport at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena Saturday night.
“I didn’t think we came out of the locker room with enough emotion (Saturday),” Emery said. “I thought the leadership should’ve been better, but I thought we played pretty good defense. Obviously, our best leader (Saturday) was our goaltender and that’s the most important position in the game. I think we rallied behind (Mathieu Cadieux), who was there equal to the task every time.”
Jesse Facchini helped the Golden Eagles (5-16-2, 4-10-1) get on the board first with just 4:06 gone in the opening period.
However, the lead was short-lived.
Kevin Emmerling found Brandon Beadow joining the rush and fed the sophomore defenseman on a one-timer in the low slot, tying the game at 1-all just 48 seconds after Facchini’s marker.
Then, Dillan Fox sent home his second goal of the weekend on a rebound chance just outside of the crease at 14:36.
“I was just kind of breaking into the zone and Nick Jensen passed it to (Jared Docking)…I just went to the net and the puck was lying there,” Fox said. “I was able to put it on net, and I just saw (the puck) lying between his legs and jammed it in there. I think we started off kind of slow, so it was a big goal to give us the lead going into the locker room.”
The Docking-Fox-Andrew Smith line finished with a combined four points on the night, while Docking and Fox each registered a plus-two rating.