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December 4, 2012

Deja vu for hockey Cardinals?

PLATTSBURGH — How is that you can play the No. 1 team in the nation in back-to-back games and yet not be facing the same opponent?

It’s a riddle the Plattsburgh State Cardinals can answer and are hoping to solve in their favor Friday night when they entertain the Norwich University Cadets in their final game of the first semester.

Norwich regained the top spot in the latest United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) Men’s Div. III poll out Monday and the Cadets did it with a big assist from the Cardinals. Plattsburgh State took down previously top-ranked SUNY Oswego on Saturday with a 2-1 victory on the road.

That sets up a showdown with Norwich for Friday at Stafford Arena with Plattsburgh looking to make it two in a row over the No. 1 team in the nation.

Oswego, which had held top billing for two weeks, slipped to No. 2 in the latest poll. Norwich picked up 18 first-place votes and 298 points to easily move past the Lakers, who still managed to garner two first-place nods and 275 points.

Plattsburgh remained No. 7, but went from 172 points last week to 195 Monday. No doubt the tie with Cortland on Friday kept the Cardinals from cracking the top five.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire stayed No. 3 while Hobart College, 10-0-2, jumped two places from sixth to fourth. Adrian College, 9-0—0, dropped from fourth to fifth.

USCHO.com Division III Men’s Poll

Dec. 03, 2012

Team (Votes) w-l-t Pts Last

1 Norwich (18) 9-0-0 298 2

2 Oswego (2) 8-1-0 275 1

3 Wis-Eau Claire 10-1-1 236 3

4 Hobart 10-0-2 228 6

5 Adrian 9-0-0 216 4

6 St. Norbert 8-2-1 204 5

7 Plattsburgh 7-2-1 195 7

8 Bowdoin 6-0-1 165 8

9 Utica 7-2-0 128 10

10 Wis-Superior 8-2-1 103 12

11 Middlebury 3-1-2 92 11

12 Amherst 4-2-1 91 8

13 Manhattanville 7-2-1 61 15

14 Milwaukee School 6-3-1 27 15

15 St. Thomas 6-5-1 25 13

Others receiving votes: Plymouth State 14, Bethel 7, Gustavus Adolphus 7, Trinity 7, Wisconsin-River Falls 7, Wisconsin-Stout 7, Castleton 4, New England College 2, Geneseo 1.

Card women lose ground

The unbeaten Plattsburgh women lost one vote and eight points off their USCHO.com Div. III poll lead, despite a pair of 5-0 victories over Buffalo State over the weekend.

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