PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State called a timeout late in Friday’s second period, and coach Bob Emery was animated on the bench while Potsdam coach Chris Bernard appeared to calmly talk to his players.
You would never have guessed it was Plattsburgh that held a 3-0 lead.
Emery said he just wanted to make sure the Cardinals took that cushion into the intermission. And in fact, they added to it before the period was over.
Plattsburgh ended up with a 4-1 win over Potsdam in a SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey game at Stafford Ice Arena.
“As a coach, you’re in the business of correcting mistakes, so you can always find ways to improve. But it was a good, solid win,” Emery said. “I thought we had a good first period.
“I would have liked to see us play in their end more behind the goal line, and I’d like to see us do a better job with turnovers. We still had too many turnovers in our own end.”
No. 9 Plattsburgh (13-5-1, 8-1-1 SUNYAC) led 1-0 after the first period, and Jared Docking got a good chance during a Potsdam 5-on-3 early in the second. He was stopped, but while the Cardinals were still down one man, Alex Jensen left a drop pass in the slot for his brother Nick, who one-timed it into the top right corner.
Michael Cassidy also assisted on the goal, and he tapped in rebound of a Michael Radisa shot at 8:50 for a 3-0 lead.
Potsdam (6-12-1, 3-7) started to get some chances after that, and Emery called the timeout with 2:45 left.
“There was a lot of play in our zone, and we don’t like that,” Plattsburgh forward Dillan Fox said. “We’re a defense-first team. We kinda got a little too comfortable, but the timeout was huge and kinda got everybody’s head where it needed to be. After that everyone kind of buckled down.”