NORTHFIELD, Vt. — The Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team began a week of difficult road games by beating Norwich at Kreitzberg Arena for the first time since 2008.
The third-ranked Cardinals scored two goals in each of the first two periods Tuesday as they defeated the fifth-ranked Cadets 4-2.
“Can’t beat that win,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “That’s a tough place to win. Some of the best teams I’ve had had a hard time winning there.
“They play hard at home. They forecheck well at home.”
Plattsburgh (13-1-2) visits Middlebury and Williams this weekend.
Mark Constantine, back after missing two games due to a concussion, put the Cardinals in front 2-1 with a power-play goal late in the first period. They pulled away in the second, when Ryan Farnan and Barry Roytman both made good plays to get the puck to a teammate.
Farnan fed Zach Popp for a goal at 7:38, and Alex Brenton one-timed Roytman’s pass into the net at 12:22.
The Cadets (10-3-2) pulled a little closer 5:39 into the third on a goal by Travis Janke, but the Cardinals kept them at bay from there.
Kyle Hall netted Plattsburgh’s first goal just 1:21 into the game, and Shane Gorman scored Norwich’s first-period goal.
“If we had a negative in the game, it was turnovers in the defensive zone,” Emery said. “But we did a great job making up for the turnovers. We blocked a lot of shots, and they didn’t get a lot of second shots. We did a good job clearing pucks.”
The only other time Plattsburgh beat the Cadets in their own rink was Jan. 8, 2008.
Mathieu Cadieux stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced in the Cardinals’ net.
“He made all the saves we asked him to,” Emery said. “Obviously your goalie needs to be your best player in the game of hockey, and he was (Tuesday).”