OSWEGO — With injuries plaguing the back line, the Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team overcame the odds to defeat top-ranked and previously unbeaten Oswego State, 2-1, in a SUNY Athletic Conference showdown Saturday at the Campus Center Ice Arena.
Mathieu Cadieux gave the Cardinals a stellar performance in net, stopping 34 of the 35 shots faced to lead the Cardinals (7-2-1, 6-1-1 SUNYAC) to victory. Cadieux improved to 4-2-1 on the year.
“We played really good defensively,” Plattsburgh State coach Bob Emery said. “We blocked a lot of shots. (Cadieux) was great in net. It was one of those games where we really sacrificed. I don’t know how we held on; guys were really tired at the end. They really persevered.”
The Cardinals entered Saturday’s game with only five healthy defensemen after losing Preston Kaye, Anthony Calabrese and Brandon Beadow to injuries. With junior forward Nick Jensen already penciled in on defense, it appeared the bad luck would continue as senior defenseman Mike Grace was helped off the ice after a hit into the boards just 15 seconds into the game. Luckily for the Cardinals, Grace was not seriously injured and returned in the second period.
Plattsburgh came out strong to start the game, outshooting the Lakers (8-1, 7-1) by a 15-9 margin in the first period.
With the teams skating four-on-four early in the game, the Cardinals were able to strike first on Paul Puglisi’s first on the year at the 5:10 mark. Puglisi gathered the puck just inside the blue line and fired a shot through a screen that found its way past Oswego goaltender Andrew Hare to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
With seven minutes remaining in the first and Plattsburgh on the penalty kill, sophomore forward Alex Brenton came in on a breakaway and sent his shot through the five-hole to make it 2-0.