MORRISVILLE — Plattsburgh State spent much of Friday’s first period on the power play, but it was during a penalty kill that the Cardinals got on the board.
Connor Gorman scored a short-handed goal late in the first period to put the Cardinals ahead, and they went on to a 4-1 victory over Morrisville in SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey.
No. 9 Plattsburgh received four power plays in the first 16 minutes of the game, including one on a five-minute major penalty by the Mustangs. Coach Bob Emery said the Cardinals (12-5-1, 7-1-1 SUNYAC) were getting some great looks but couldn’t put the puck in.
Then Gorman netted an unassisted goal at 18:00 during a Plattsburgh penalty.
The Cardinals’ power play did get going after that. Kevin Emmerling scored during the man advantage in the second period, and Luke Baleshta potted a power-play goal in the third period, making it a 3-1 game.
Plattsburgh has scored seven power-play markers in its last five games.
“I think guys are shooting the puck more,” Emery said. “I think that’s real important — get the puck to the net — because most goals are rebounds, deflections.”
Patrick Jobb had an empty-netter with one second to play for his first goal of the season. Jared Docking earned two assists, giving him nine points in his last five games. Baleshta also had an assist in the game.
Mathieu Cadieux stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced in the Plattsburgh net.
Emery said the Cardinals played pretty well in their own end.
“We gave up a couple Grade A scoring chances, but for the most part we kept the Grade A chances to a minimum, and that’s so important,” he said.
Anthony Scornaienchi scored Morrisville’s goal 1:28 into the third period. Christopher Azzano made 34 saves for the Mustangs (1-15-2, 1-8-0).
The Cardinals, who played their first conference game since Dec. 1, are tied with Geneseo for second place in the SUNYAC, 1 point behind Oswego.
“We’re back into SUNYAC play and guys gotta realize our primary goal is to win the SUNYAC regular-season championship, so every game is huge,” Emery said. “It’s almost like every game has to have a playoff mentality if the goal is to win the regular season and not have any hiccups. We gotta take one game at a time. Everybody’s talking about the (Feb. 16) showdown at the end of the season with Oswego, but there’s a lot of hockey left between now and then.”
Plattsburgh State 4, Morrisville 1
Plattsburgh 1 1 2 — 4
Morrisville 0 0 1 — 1
First period- 1, PSU, Gorman, 18:00 (sh). Penalties: Dolman, Mor (checking from behind), 0:10. Dolman, Mor (disqualification), 0:10. Chaput, Mor (tripping), 4:54. Morello, Mor (slashing), 9:01. Marcuz, Mor (boarding), 10:51. Smith, PSU (kneeing), 18:00. Gorman, PSU (high sticking), 18:17.
Second period- 2, PSU, Emmerling (Docking, Baleshta), 13:03 (pp). Penalties: N. Jensen, PSU (hooking), 2:02. Avery, Mor (hooking), 11:37. Geertz, Mor (tripping), 15:26. Radisa, PSU (hooking), 17:43. Gorman, PSU (cross-checking), 19:52. Scherer (cross-checking), 19:52.
Third period- 3, Mor, Scornaienchi (Baker, Jarvis), 1:28 4, PSU, Baleshta (Docking, Fox), 8:11 (pp). 5, PSU, Jobb (Cassidy), 19:59 (en). Penalties: Nelson, Mor (hooking), 6:25. Radisa, PSU (slashing), 15:27.
Shots on goal:
Plattsburgh 16 12 10 — 38
Morrisville 8 6 6 — 20
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Cadieux, PSU, 20-19. Azzano, Mor, 38-34.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Plattsburgh 2-7, Morrisville 0-5.