November 8, 2013

Cardinals host Geneseo, Brockport at Stafford this weekend

PLATTSBURGH — Geneseo upset Plattsburgh State last year, and the Cardinals haven’t forgotten about it.

Plattsburgh hosts the Knights for a SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey game tonight and then meets Brockport on Saturday.

The Knights scored in the final minute to defeat Plattsburgh in Geneseo last season, and while Plattsburgh beat them in the second meeting of the season, the loss still hurt.

“I guess you could say them beating us kind of put a damper on our whole NCAA tournament. We didn’t get in … and that could’ve been one of the main components,” Plattsburgh junior Mark Constantine said. “If we won that game, we might have got the vote and been in the NCAAs.

“So there’s a little redemption, and we’d like to get both games with them — definitely this one.”

Geneseo began the SUNYAC season last week with a pair of wins over Morrisville, outscoring the Mustangs 12-4. Freshman Stephen Collins had three goals and two assists on the weekend, while Justin Scharfe handed out four helpers and Ryan Stanimir and Tyler Brickler both scored twice.

“Genseo is always a team that scores a lot of goals,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “But we want to be a team that focuses on defense first and lets our offense be gravy. And I think that’s our focus going into the weekend.

“Last year they had a real good power play and were able to score a lot of goals, so we gotta keep them off the board.”

Brockport has played two nonconference games so far, falling to Utica and Nazareth. The Golden Eagles open SUNYAC play today at Potsdam.

The Cardinals, who are ranked fourth in the Division III Men’s Poll, beat Potsdam 3-0 last week, and Emery said it was about what you’d expect from a season opener.

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