FREDONIA — Plattsburgh State tied Saturday’s game with one minute left in the second period but didn’t carry over any momentum into the third.
Matt Hehr scored both Fredonia goals, including the winner 8:14 into the third, as the Blue Devils beat the Cardinals 2-1 in SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey.
“It was a game where defense won the game,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “Fredonia played with a lot of heart and guts, sacrificed a lot and was great in the paint. And the goalie played well, obviously.
“The only thing that concerns me with our team is it was 1-1 at the end of the second period, and the first 10 minutes of the third we came out with no emotion at all. That was the only part of the game we didn’t play well.”
The loss puts the Cardinals (14-6-1, 9-2-1 SUNYAC) at a disadvantage in the conference race and likely ends their chances at receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA playoffs. They have four games left and can’t catch first-place Oswego unless the Lakers give up a point to someone else and lose to the Cardinals. Emery said Plattsburgh will need to win the SUNYAC tournament to get an NCAA berth.
“This puts us really behind the eight ball in the league,” Emery said. “I think we’re done now (in terms of an at-large NCAA bid) — we have to win the league now. We were a long shot with five losses; now with six we’re done.”
Hehr gave the Blue Devils (7-13-2, 5-7-1) a lead 17 seconds into the second period, and Dillan Fox tallied his fourth goal in three games to knot it at 1-1 at 19:00. Fredonia put just four shots on goal in the period.
In the third, the Cardinals took a charging penalty at 7:44, and Hehr recorded an unassisted goal.