PLATTSBURGH — Cardinals coach Bob Emery said he “let them have it” during Saturday’s second intermission, and forward Luke Baleshta said they “kind of deserved it.”
It appeared to work.
Plattsburgh State trailed 4-1 at the start of the third period, but it tallied three goals in the period and Baleshta scored with 20 seconds left in overtime for a 5-4 win over Williams in nonconference men’s hockey at Stafford Ice Arena.
“The way they came back showed a lot of pride, a lot of guts. And I’m proud of them,” Emery said. “I hope we can learn from this game, from the mistakes in the first two periods. And I hope we can learn from how we came back as well.”
Kevin Emmerling started the comeback by scoring from down low 1:18 into the third. But the 13th-ranked Ephs maintained a two-goal cushion until late in the period, when it disappeared in a span of 1:19. Barry Roytman connected on a shot from the left point with five minutes left, and then Emmerling banged in a rebound from the right side.
Sam Foley, who entered the Plattsburgh net in the third period, had to make a low glove save with 36 seconds left to keep it tied.
The 10th-ranked Cardinals (11-5-1) got a power play early in overtime and put several shots on net but couldn’t score. With about 35 seconds left, Andrew Smith brought the puck in for a good chance but was thwarted by Sean Dougherty’s left pad. Then Dillan Fox found Baleshta in front of the net for the winner.
“I just wanted to get to the net, and I thought (Fox) might’ve put it on net and I was looking for a rebound,” Baleshta said. “And he ended up making a great pass to me backdoor, and then I just tapped it in the open net. So it was a great play by him.”