By COURTNEY LEWIS
---- — Jared Docking has put up career numbers already this season, which he said wasn’t what he came in trying to do.
“No, not at all,” the Plattsburgh State men’s hockey forward said. “I’m just trying to do my best to help the team win, and if goals are that way, then so be it.”
The senior forward is second on the team with 16 points and was recently named a captain. He’ll look to extend his point streak to five games when the ninth-ranked Cardinals visit Morrisville tonight for a SUNY Athletic Conference game.
With eight goals so far, Docking has already surpassed last year’s career high of six and is well on his way to exceeding the 20 points he totaled last year. He leads the team in game-winning goals (two) and is tied for second in Division III with three short-handed markers. He has accumulated nine points in the six games the Cardinals (11-5-1, 6-1-1 SUNYAC) have played since the semester break.
But he said what he’s really trying to do when he gets out on the ice is keep pucks out of Plattsburgh’s net.
“My No. 1 goal, me and my linemates, is to not get scored on,” Docking said. “If we don’t get scored on, then we’re doing our job. And obviously try to get pucks in the zone to create some plays. But No. 1 is don’t get scored on. Play hard, play physical and the goals will come.”
He said part of the reason he has been scoring lately is that his linemates, freshmen Andrew Smith and Dillan Fox, have been making great plays. Docking said the trio has started to develop some chemistry.
The 5-foot-6 Toronto, Ontario native is one of just two forwards who have played in all 17 games this season. Coach Bob Emery said Docking is a fiery player.
“Jared’s definitely a high-energy guy as a player and plays with a lot of emotion,” Emery said.
Docking had three points last weekend: a short-handed goal against Middlebury and assists on the game-tying and game-winning goals against Williams. And he had a new look in those games — he wore a captain’s C on his jersey.
“Well, for four years Jared’s been a great leader on the ice during hockey games, no doubt about it,” Emery said. “He comes to play every night. He’s a true winner. Pound for pound, he’s probably the toughest kid that’s played here in a long, long time.
“And you know if he can lead by example and everyone else can follow, we’d be a much better team. The hard part is to get the other guys to follow. But he deserves to wear that C.”
Docking said the letter didn’t change anything — he already tried to be a team leader.
“I try to show by example,” he said. “Work hard. Just try to do everything I can out there, whether it’s block a shot or score a goal or just really sacrifice for the team. So I try to show younger guys that through my work ethic.”
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