PLATTSBURGH — Saturday’s game didn’t matter in the SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey standings, but beating Oswego for the second time this season still meant plenty to Plattsburgh State.
Kevin Emmerling tallied two goals and an assist to help Plattsburgh take down the Lakers 4-3 at Stafford Ice Arena to wrap up the regular season.
“It’s definitely big for our momentum,” Emmerling said. “It’s a great rivalry, and we wanted to do this one for the seniors (Saturday). We just went out there and worked hard. So it was a good win, a good team effort all around.”
The Lakers had already clinched the regular-season conference title. The Cardinals (18-6-1, 13-2-1 SUNYAC) finished with 27 points, one point out of first place. Plattsburgh will host a SUNYAC Tournament semifinal game next Saturday.
The game was tied 1-1 heading into the second period. The second-ranked Lakers (22-3, 15-1) had a good rebound chance in the middle of the period and thought they scored, but the officials ruled Mathieu Cadieux kept the puck out of the net. Cadieux made another tough save on a 2-on-1 moments later.
Then, during a Plattsburgh power play, Dillan Fox took a shot from the slot, and the rebound came right out to Emmerling, who fired it past Andrew Hare to put the Cardinals ahead.
With Plattsburgh on another power play a few minutes later, Oswego’s Matt Singleton chased the puck into the Cardinals’ zone, and Cadieux came way out of his crease to try to get to it first but fell. Singleton got tangled up with a Plattsburgh defenseman but the puck bounced to David Titanic, who put it in the empty net.
The frenetic pace continued, and Plattsburgh regained the lead when Nick Jensen scored from the left circle 1:13 later. Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery called that a “huge” goal.