MORRISVILLE — Plattsburgh State scored seven goals against Morrisville Friday, and assistant coach Mike Coppola said the Cardinals came out like they expected the same Saturday.
Instead, they ended up hanging on to a narrow lead in the third period. Connor Gorman had a goal and three assists, and Barry Roytman tallied the eventual game-winner late in the third as Plattsburgh held off Morrisville 4-3 in SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey.
“We had a lot of turnovers, played selfish,” Coppola said. “I think we were hoping it would be a game like (Friday) night — hoping we’d get a lot of goals. We acted like we wanted that, and we played that way. It wasn’t our kind of game.”
After being outshot by a wide margin and spending ample time in the penalty box Friday, the Mustangs played a different type of game Saturday.
“I think Morrisville came out, played a little harder and a littler cleaner and kept themselves out of the box,” Coppola said.
Neither team got on the board until near the end of the second period, when Plattsburgh’s (6-0-1, 6-0-1 SUNYAC) Gorman found the net. Gorman then assisted on power-play goals by Dillan Fox and Alex Jensen in the first 6:13 of the third.
Once Plattsburgh got a three-goal lead in Friday’s third period, the Mustangs faded. But Saturday, they clawed back.
Joe Santino netted a power-play goal in the middle of the period, and Ryan Marcuz put Morrisville (1-6-1, 1-6-1) back within a goal at 13:04.
“We don’t have that killer instinct where we put a team away,” Coppola said. “That was the first power-play goal that we’ve let up. We were a little disappointed; our penalty kill has been very good. But we weren’t able to clear the puck on a mistake.”
Roytman gave the Cardinals a little more breathing room at 17:11 with his third power-play marker of the season, and they ended up needing it. Morrisville made it 4-3 in the final minute with a goal by Marc-Antoine Chaput.
Mathieu Cadieux stopped 28 shots for the Cardinals, and Coppola said the netminder kept them in the game. Christopher Azzano, who was peppered with 56 shots on Friday, faced 38 Saturday and stopped 34.
Plattsburgh defenseman Rich Botting picked up two assists.
“We went to Morrisville for four points, and we’re leaving Morrisville with four points,” Coppola said. “I think there’s 20, 30 guys who agree we can get a lot better. We’re not at the point we want to be.”
Plattsburgh 4, Morrisville 3
Plattsburgh 0 1 3 —4
Morrisville 0 0 3 —3
First period- Penalties: Baker, Mor (roughing), 3:20.
Second period- 1, PSU, Gorman, 18:56. Penalties: Dol, Mor (slashing), 2:36. Beadow, PSU (hooking), 5:59. Ftoma, Mor (interference), 13:10. Roytman, PSU (holding), 16:31.
Third period- 2, PSU, Fox (Gorman, Botting), 5:54 (pp). 3, PSU, A. Jensen (Gorman, Hall), 6:13 (pp). 4, Mor, Santino (Doyle, Carvalho), 10:54 (pp). 5, Mor, Marcuz (Young, Trmpina), 13:04. 6, PSU, Roytman (Gorman, Botting), 17:11 (pp). 7, Mor, Chaput (Dolman), 19:11 (ea). Penalties: Botting, PSU (high sticking), Chaput, Mor (interference), 4:08. Beer, Mor (holding), 4:32. Fox, PSU (tripping), 9:00. Avery (tripping), 11:38. Baleshta, PSU (slashing), 12:22. Scherer, Mor (tripping), 16:45.
Shots on goal
Plattsburgh 13 13 12 — 38
Morrisville 10 11 10 — 31
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Cadieux, PSU, 31-28. Azzano, Mor, 38-34.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Plattsburgh 3-7, Morrisville 1-5.