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November 27, 2012

Hockey Cards slide; women hang tough

PLATTSBURGH — The old adage, to be the best, you have to beat the best, could easily apply to the Plattsburgh State hockey Cardinals this week.

Bob Emery’s Redbirds (6-2-0) slipped two places to seventh in the latest U.S. College Hockey Online.com poll for Div. III out Monday. But Plattsburgh will have an excellent opportunity to regain favor in the eyes of the pollsters when they visit top-ranked Oswego State on Saturday.

The Great Lakers, out to a 7-0-0 start, garnered 15 of the 20 first-place votes in this week’s poll and currently hold a 12-point advantage on No. 2 Norwich, which won the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout over the weekend. Plattsburgh, after losing to Middlebury, 3-2, on Friday, salvaged a split, beating St Thomas, 3-2, for third place.

The Oswego road test, the final away game of the first semester, falls in the middle of a rugged stretch for Plattsburgh. It began with the PrimeLink, which included four nationally ranked teams.

After the Great Laker contest, the Cardinals return home to get ready for Norwich, which will visit Stafford Arena on Dec. 7. The Cardinal Classic, Dec. 28-29, has eighth-ranked Amherst, Elmira and Wesleyan in the field. Plattsburgh will take on Wesleyan the first night.

USCHO.com Division III Men’s Poll

Nov. 26, 2012

Team (Votes) W-L-T Pts Last

1 Oswego (15) 7-0-0 295 1

2 Norwich (4) 7-0-0 283 2

3 Wis-Eau Claire (1) 9-0-1 250 4

4 Adrian 7-0-0 239 3

5 St. Norbert 8-2-1 208 6

6 Hobart 8-0-2 200 7

7 Plattsburgh 6-2-0 172 5

8 Amherst 3-1-1 139 8

8 Bowdoin 4-0-1 139 9

10 Utica 6-2-0 134 10

11 Middlebury 2-1-1 103 12

12 Wis-Superior 7-2-0 85 13

13 St. Thomas 5 4-1 42 11

14 Wis-River Falls 4-3-1 27 14

15 Manhattanville 5-2-1 21 NR

15 Milwaukee School   5-3-0 21 NR

Others receiving votes: New England College 11, Gustavus Adolphus 7, Westfield State 7, Trinity 6, Wisconsin-Stout 4, Plymouth State 2, Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2, Castleton 1, Wentworth 1, Western NE University 1.

Women add to vote total

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State Cardinals, fresh off a championship showing over the weekend in the Cardinal-Panther Classic, picked up two more first-place votes in the latest U.S. College Hockey Online poll for Division III women’s hockey.

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