PLATTSBURGH — As good a win as it was for the Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team Friday night, coach Bob Emery says his team still has a lot of work to do.
Defenseman Barry Roytman scored two goals and the Cardinals (2-0, 2-0) skated to a 4-1 victory over Geneseo (2-1, 2-1) in SUNY Athletic Conference action at the Stafford Ice Arena.
“We’re still a work in progress,” he said. “You want to stay positive as a coach, but you also want your team to correct its mistakes.
“Geneseo is a good team and they’re going to win a lot of games. It was a good win for us (Friday), but we need to get better.”
The Cardinals held a 35-24 shot advantage while scoring two power-play goals and one short-handed marker.
“We did a great job in our zone without the puck and we had good special teams play,” Emery said. “We also played smart with the lead in the third period, got the puck in deep and kept the clock running. And we made sacrifices with blocked shots.
“But we still need to do a better job breaking out of our zone. We are also making too many turnovers. We had a lot of turnovers in our win over Potsdam and had some more (Friday).”
It didn’t take Plattsburgh long to take the lead for good.
With the Cardinals skating a man up, Alex Jensen got the puck to Roytman, who sent a hard slap shot off the crossbar that deflected down and into the net 4:23 into the contest.
Plattsburgh then scored a key goal while skating down a man with 26 seconds remaining in the first. Jensen broke in and Geneseo goalie Nick Horrigan was able to make the initial save. But Michael Radisa followed up to score on the rebound.