BUFFALO — Plattsburgh State fired 44 shots on goal Saturday, but after just one of those got through, the Cardinals settled for a 1-1 tie with Buffalo State in a SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey game.
Kevin Carr made 43 saves and the Bengals netted the tying goal early in the third period.
“Outside of our power play, I think it was our best 60 minutes yet,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “Kevin Carr always plays well against us, and (Saturday) was no exception. We had a lot of chances in the first and second periods to get that second goal, and we couldn’t get it.”
Dillan Fox put Plattsburgh (4-0-1, 4-0-1 SUNYAC) in front at 5:07 of the first period with assists from Alex Jensen and Mark Constantine.
The score stayed there until 3:37 into the third, when Kyle Whipple tied it up.
“We had one of our players not put the puck in deep, and they transitioned really fast into a 2-on-1 and got a goal,” Emery said. “That’s a bad mistake in a 1-0 game that we can’t have.”
The Bengals had a lengthy 5-on-3 opportunity a few minutes after their goal, but the Cardinals managed to keep them from notching another one.
Buffalo State (3-2-1, 3-2-1) began the five-minute overtime period with a power play after Plattsburgh was called for a penalty at the end of regulation. But the Bengals were soon whistled for a penalty of their own, negating the man advantage.
The Cardinals held a 6-1 edge in shots in the overtime, and one of their shots — by Connor Gorman — went in the net in the final seconds. But the goal was waved off.
Mathieu Cadieux made 24 saves for the Cardinals.
Plattsburgh, typically one of the least-penalized teams in Division III, committed nine infractions Saturday.
“Guys will be held accountable for stupid penalties,” Emery said. “We want to keep penalties to eight minutes or less in a game.”
Plattsburgh’s penalty kill was 7-for-7, but the Cardinals went 0-for-8 on the power play, and Emery said they didn’t play with poise in those situations.
Forward Michael Radisa spent part of the game on the blueline because the Cardinals were short a defenseman. Barry Roytman, who took a misconduct penalty on Friday, was scratched, and Nick Jensen and Derek Patterson are both hurt.
The Cardinals completed their first road trip of the season with three points and maintained their lead in the SUNYAC standings.
“I’m somewhat disheartened not to get two points in the Buffalo State game because of the way we played. I thought we played really well,” Emery said. “We gotta somehow find a way to win that game. We gotta find a way to score more than one goal.”
Plattsburgh State 1, Buffalo State 1 (OT)
Plattsburgh 1 0 0 0 — 1
Buffalo State 0 0 1 0 — 1
First period- 1, PSU, Fox (A. Jensen, Constantine), 5:09. Penalties: Strakosch, BS (interference), 5:29. Whipple, BS (roughing), 5:29. Calabrese, PSU (tripping), 16:43. Zannella (slashing), 16:43. Cassidy, PSU (charging the goalie), 19:20.
Second period- Penalties: Zannella, BS (tripping), 0:40. Radisa, PSU (holding), 3:06. Botting, PSU (slashing), 11:01. Gurski (interference), 13:07.
Third period- 2, BS, Whipple (Strakosch), 3:37. Penalties: Baleshta, PSU (holding), 6:03. Brenton, PSU (charging the goalie), 6:41. A. Jensen, PSU (hooking), 7:48. A. Jensen (cross-checking), 10:35. Zannella, BS, (cross-checking), 10:35. Strakosch, BS (slashing), 14:40. Cleaver, BS (slashing), 17:31. Gorman, PSU (slashing), 20:00.
Overtime- Penalties: Zannella, BS (interference), 0:37. Cleaver (cross-checking), 2:52.
Shots on goal:
Plattsburgh 15 9 14 6 —44
Buffalo State 6 7 11 1 — 25
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Cadieux, PS, 25-24. Carr, BS, 44-43.
Power plays (goals-opps): Plattsburgh 0-8, Buffalo State 0-7.