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November 24, 2013

PSU men's hockey hangs on against Morrisville

MORRISVILLE — Plattsburgh State scored seven goals against Morrisville Friday, and assistant coach Mike Coppola said the Cardinals came out like they expected the same Saturday.

Instead, they ended up hanging on to a narrow lead in the third period. Connor Gorman had a goal and three assists, and Barry Roytman tallied the eventual game-winner late in the third as Plattsburgh held off Morrisville 4-3 in SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey.

“We had a lot of turnovers, played selfish,” Coppola said. “I think we were hoping it would be a game like (Friday) night — hoping we’d get a lot of goals. We acted like we wanted that, and we played that way. It wasn’t our kind of game.”

After being outshot by a wide margin and spending ample time in the penalty box Friday, the Mustangs played a different type of game Saturday.

“I think Morrisville came out, played a little harder and a littler cleaner and kept themselves out of the box,” Coppola said.

Neither team got on the board until near the end of the second period, when Plattsburgh’s (6-0-1, 6-0-1 SUNYAC) Gorman found the net. Gorman then assisted on power-play goals by Dillan Fox and Alex Jensen in the first 6:13 of the third.

Once Plattsburgh got a three-goal lead in Friday’s third period, the Mustangs faded. But Saturday, they clawed back.

Joe Santino netted a power-play goal in the middle of the period, and Ryan Marcuz put Morrisville (1-6-1, 1-6-1) back within a goal at 13:04.

“We don’t have that killer instinct where we put a team away,” Coppola said. “That was the first power-play goal that we’ve let up. We were a little disappointed; our penalty kill has been very good. But we weren’t able to clear the puck on a mistake.”

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