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January 31, 2014

Alex Jensen having best season yet for Cards

Alex Jensen finished last season with 14 points.

So far this season, he has 14 assists. And eight goals.

The Plattsburgh State men’s hockey junior put in some hard work during the offseason and shifted to the wing, and he’s having the best season of his career while leading the team in scoring.

“He’s been playing on a whole new level this year, compared to what I saw last year,” sophomore Connor Gorman said. “Obviously he was great last year, but he’s playing unbelievable this year. Quick, scoring, making plays.”

The fourth-ranked Cardinals (15-2-2, 8-0-2 SUNYAC) may have to get by without Jensen this weekend when they visit Geneseo and Brockport for their final regular-season road trip. Jensen said he sprained his MCL at Potsdam last Friday, and by early this week he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play tonight.

Through 19 games, the Helsingborg, Sweden native has career highs in goals, assists and points, and his 22 points are six more than anyone else on the team.

Jensen credited his increased productivity to his work during the summer and to the play of his linemates.

“I was trying to get faster, so I worked on my explosiveness a little bit,” he said. “And then I shot a lot of pucks. So it’s paying off right now.”

Coach Bob Emery said Jensen requested a move from center to left wing this season, and the coach put him with Dillan Fox and Mark Constantine, who are second and third, respectively, on the team’s scoring list.

“Both Constantine and Dillan are pretty good guys at scoring goals,” Jensen said. “Dillan has somehow an ability to just find an open area. And he’ll be right there and just pop in a rebound. Or feed him a pass; you know he’s going to score the goal.

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