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January 24, 2014

Cassidy-Radisa-Brenton line brings energy, toughness

Linemates Alex Jensen, Dillan Fox and Mark Cosntantine are 1-2-3 on Plattsburgh State’s scoring list.

Michael Radisa, Michael Cassidy and Alex Brenton are … farther down the list.

But like the scoring line, those three have been kept together much of this season. The hard-working players know their role.

“When we start trying to be finesse guys, that’s when we start making mistakes and whatnot,” Radisa said. “We try to keep it simple and be good defensively and then crash and bang and get some garbage goals, as they say.”

The fourth-ranked Cardinals return to SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey play when they visit Potsdam tonight.

Brenton, Radisa and Cassidy started playing together last year and have also been on the same line for most games this season. Cassidy said they’ve developed good chemistry.

“I pretty much know where they’re going to be,” he said. “It’s real easy, considering we started at the beginning of last year.”

Radisa, a sophomore from Caledon, Ont., was a regular in the lineup last year but never found the back of the net. He said he’s been shooting more this season, and it has paid off. He tallied his first-career goal in the second game of the year and now has five as well as four assists.

He said his wingers are “awesome guys to play with.

“We’re very similar; all three of us can skate. We like to get on the forecheck and throw our bodies around.

“And they’re smart hockey players. So it makes my job as a center easier when I can count on them to be in the right spot at the right time to make sure we don’t get scored on. Then we can transition to offense pretty easy.”

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