OSWEGO — The puck hit Jared Docking’s skate in front of the net, and he knew that meant trouble.
“I felt it, and then I looked back and I saw it trickle in,” the Plattsburgh forward said. “There was only a couple minutes left (in the second period). So we just dug a bigger hole for ourselves and couldn’t get out of it.”
The goal by Luke Moodie gave Oswego a 2-0 lead in what Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery called a “huge turning point” in Saturday’s SUNY Athletic Conference men’s ice hockey championship game. The top-seeded Lakers built on that lead in the third and claimed a 4-0 victory at the Campus Center Ice Arena.
Along with the conference title, Oswego (23-4) clinched the SUNYAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. The field will be announced at 10 p.m. today, and the Cardinals (19-7-1) don’t expect to get in.
“No, we don’t have any shot at the NCAAs,” Emery said. “We don’t deserve to play. For the first semester, we lacked a lot of leadership. And I think a lot of that is the younger guys we had, but there’s no excuse.”
Moodie’s goal came at 18:29 of the second when the Lakers had an exra attacker during a delayed penalty. Uncharacteristically, penalties were a problem for the second-seeded Cardinals. They took six through two periods Saturday. “I don’t think we played too smart (Saturday),” Emery said.
“We got beat up the ice on the first goal, gave up a 3-on-2. And then we got two too-many-men-on-the-ice penalties. We did a good job on the penalty kill, but we’re on the road and the biggest way to give a team momentum is to get in the penalty box. “We got in penalty trouble early. We had more penalties in the first period than we’ve had for our average all year.”