January 21, 2012

Cards trying to avoid late lapses

Hosting Morrisville tonight, PSU men's hockey team tries to put together three strong periods

PLATTSBURGH — Bob Emery might need a psychology degree to understand his team's occasional lapses during games.

"If I could jump into the minds of the players after the second period, I'd be a much better coach in the third period," the Plattsburgh State men's hockey coach said. "But you try to read them as best you can and ... you try to do things over and over and preach things over and over so it sticks in their minds.

"That's something I will continue to preach is 60 minutes. And I'll preach that we've gotta get better in the third period."

The third-ranked Cardinals (11-2-4, 6-1-1 SUNYAC) will look to play a complete game when they host SUNY Athletic Conference foe Morrisville tonight.

After they beat Middlebury, 7-0, last Friday, Emery said it was the first time they had played well for a full 60 minutes. But the next night at Williams they took a 2-0 lead into the third and allowed three goals, settling for a tie.

That wasn't the first time the Cardinals gave a team an opening in the final period. In the last game of the first semester, they had a two-goal cushion after two periods against Norwich, but the game ended in a draw. And two weeks ago they beat Castleton 3-2, but Emery said their level of play declined as the game went on.

"We rely on our skill and our systems to dominate games, but lately for us in the third period we've been more just trying to avoid the puck getting in our net while we should just be worried about putting it in their net and just trying to keep it in their end," Vick Schlueter said.

Schlueter said the Cardinals need to be "mentally tough" in the last period, and Kyle Taylor added that they have to make sure they don't lose focus.

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