WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass — The Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team suffered just its second loss of the season Saturday, and this one was much like the first.
Like Hobart on Jan. 4, Williams scored two goals in quick succession in the second period and the Cardinals never got back in it, falling 5-1.
“I thought we had a solid effort,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “We’ve had a lot of turnover problems this year. The two games we’ve lost have served us right for bad turnovers.
“The first two goals (Saturday) were totally because of bad turnovers.”
Luke Stickel scored the first one at 9:20 after a giveaway, and 59 seconds later, Sam Gray made it 2-0.
Emery likes to say that the worst goal to give up is the first one.
“We gave them that first goal (Saturday) on a silver platter,” he said. “And there was no looking back for them.”
Craig Kitto gave No. 12 Williams (10-2-2) another goal on a breakaway late in the second period.
Williams became the first team this season to tally more than three goals against Plattsburgh, although two were empty-netters. The third-ranked Cardinals (14-2-2) pulled their goalie with just under three minutes left in the game and came within two when Mark Constantine scored. But Kitto quickly put a puck in the empty net and did it again a minute later.
The Cardinals fired 20 shots in the third period and had a number of good scoring chances that were turned away by Sean Dougherty, who finished with 35 saves. They did put a puck past him with 7:33 left, but the goal was waved off due to a high stick.
Mathieu Cadiuex made 16 stops for Plattsburgh.
“I thought we did a good job in all areas (Saturday), just take away those two mistakes,” Emery said. “It was almost justice the way we’ve been playing all year, the way we turn it over, that we lose the game.”
Emery had said this would be the Cardinals’ toughest week of the season, and after beating Norwich and Middlebury on the road, they ended the trip on a sour note.
“If you had asked me going into the week if we win 2-of-3, I’d be pretty happy,” Emery said. “But when you win the first two and have a chance to win all three, I think it’s tough to swallow.”
Williams 5, Plattsburgh State 1
Plattsburgh 0 0 1 —1
Williams 0 3 2 —5
First period- Penalties: Cassidy, PSU (interference), 9:34.
Second period- 1, Will, Stickel, 9:20. 2, Will, Gray (Johnson, Young), 10:19. 3, Will, Kitto (Masucci, Anderson), 19:03. Penalties: Hunkele, Will (slashing), 0:19.
Third period- 4, PSU, Constantine (Roytman, Fox), 18:02 (ea). 5, Will, Kitto (Hunkele), 18:15. 6, Will, Kitto (Anderson), 19:15. Penalties: Masucci, Will (tripping), 3:06. Steinig, Will (delay of game), 4:38.
Shots on goal:
Plattsburgh State 8 8 20 —36
Williams 5 8 8 —21
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Cadieux, PSU, 19-16. Dougherty, Will, 36-35.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Plattsburgh 0-3, Williams 0-1.