PLATTSBURGH — Cardinals coach Bob Emery said he “let them have it” during Saturday’s second intermission, and forward Luke Baleshta said they “kind of deserved it.”
It appeared to work.
Plattsburgh State trailed 4-1 at the start of the third period, but it tallied three goals in the period and Baleshta scored with 20 seconds left in overtime for a 5-4 win over Williams in nonconference men’s hockey at Stafford Ice Arena.
“The way they came back showed a lot of pride, a lot of guts. And I’m proud of them,” Emery said. “I hope we can learn from this game, from the mistakes in the first two periods. And I hope we can learn from how we came back as well.”
Kevin Emmerling started the comeback by scoring from down low 1:18 into the third. But the 13th-ranked Ephs maintained a two-goal cushion until late in the period, when it disappeared in a span of 1:19. Barry Roytman connected on a shot from the left point with five minutes left, and then Emmerling banged in a rebound from the right side.
Sam Foley, who entered the Plattsburgh net in the third period, had to make a low glove save with 36 seconds left to keep it tied.
The 10th-ranked Cardinals (11-5-1) got a power play early in overtime and put several shots on net but couldn’t score. With about 35 seconds left, Andrew Smith brought the puck in for a good chance but was thwarted by Sean Dougherty’s left pad. Then Dillan Fox found Baleshta in front of the net for the winner.
“I just wanted to get to the net, and I thought (Fox) might’ve put it on net and I was looking for a rebound,” Baleshta said. “And he ended up making a great pass to me backdoor, and then I just tapped it in the open net. So it was a great play by him.”
Jared Docking also assisted, giving him three helpers on the night, and Baleshta finished with two points. Foley earned the win with seven saves.
The Ephs (8-3-1) took a lead in the middle of the first period on a Nick Anderson goal, and they took control in the second. First, the Cardinals tied it when Preston Kaye’s slapper from just inside the blueline found the net for a power-play goal. But then the Ephs scored three unanswered. Anderson deflected a long shot less than a minute after Kaye’s goal, and soon after, Peter Mistretta put in a rebound. Matt Doyle added a power-play marker.
“I thought our forwards played great all night,” Emery said. “Williams played great defensively, and we didn’t equal the defensive play for two periods. We had some upperclassmen leadership that let us down the first two periods, and they would’ve been really to blame if we didn’t win the game.”
Plattsburgh held a 42-20 advantage in shots on goal, and Dougherty had 37 saves.
“We’re going to hopefully keep this thing rolling, keep trying to put games on games here, kinda get on a little bit of a roll,” Baleshta said. “We just kinda gotta keep doing what we were doing in the third period there for a full 60 minutes of hockey.”
Plattsburgh 5, Williams 4 (OT)
Williams 1 3 0 0 — 4
Plattsburgh 0 1 3 1 — 5
First period- 1, Will, Anderson (Wickman, Johnson), 11:27. Penalties: Lyons, Will (hitting from behind), 8:20. A. Jensen, PSU (holding), 14:23. Mistretta, Will (interference, 18:56.
Second period- 2, PSU, Kaye (Gorman, Roytman), 7:30 (pp). 3, Will, Anderson (Masucci, Brofft), 8:26. 4, Will, Mistretta (Dugdale, Lyons), 9:33. 5, Will, Doyle (Rubino, Dugdale), 17:45 (pp). Penalties: Masucci, Will (CTH high sticking), 6:29. N. Jensen, PSU (hooking), 17:22.
Third period- 6, PSU, Emmerling (Gorman, Baleshta), 1:18. 7, PSU, Roytman (Docking, Kaye), 15:00. 8, PSU, Emmerling (Docking, Puglisi), 16:19. Penalties: Carmola, Will (boarding), 2:37. Baleshta, PSU (hooking), 12:24. Kaye, PSU (holding), 17:13.
Overtime- 9, PSU, Baleshta (Fox, Docking), 4:40. Penalties: Masucci, Will (slashing), 1:27.
Shots on goal:
Williams 5 8 7 0 — 20
Plattsburgh 8 10 19 5 — 42
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Dougherty, Will, 42-37. Cadieux, PSU, 13-9. Foley, PSU, 7-7.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Williams 1-4, Plattsburgh 1-5.
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