PLATTSBURGH — When fans get their first look at the 2013-14 Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team, they’ll see seven new faces.
The freshman class will don Cardinals jerseys for the first time during the Red and White game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Stafford Ice Arena.
The Cardinals graduated five players from a team that went 19-7-1 last year, and they lost four other players. That leaves them with a roster where 15 of the 27 players are freshmen or sophomores.
“We’re real young. But that doesn’t change expectations,” coach Bob Emery said. “We’re not going to use any excuses.”
Among the newcomers are four forwards. Graham Yeo and Kyle Hall are both described in their team biographies as two-way players. Yeo is a 6-foot-1-inch, 191-pound native of Bracebridge, Ontario who played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League and is a faceoff specialist. Hall, who’s listed at 5 feet 11 inches and 165 pounds, is from Assiniboia, Saskatchewan and played in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. He’s good in transition and may be used in both special-teams and even-strength situations.
Josh Koerner is a Montgomery native who played his junior hockey in Florida. The 5-foot-9-inch, 166-pound forward’s biggest weapon is his speed. Dakota Mason, who’s 6 feet 1 inch and 166 pounds, is described as a playmaker. According to his biography, the Edmonton, Alberta native scored the goal that gave the Brooks Bandits the Junior A national championship in 2013.
Plattsburgh also added two players to its defensive corps, which lost four skaters. Calgary, Alberta native Derek Patterson is a defensive defenseman who brings the Cardinals some size — he stands 6 feet 5 inches and weighs in at 217. Patterson played his junior hockey in Buffalo. Patrick Hermans of North Andover, Mass. can jump into the rush and is expected to be a leader even as a freshman. The 6-foot-1-inch, 191-pound blueliner is a graduate of the Northwood School.