PLATTSBURGH — Behind yet another strong performance in net by sophomore goaltender Jimmy Poreda, the Plattsburgh State men's hockey team salvaged a 1-1 overtime tie with Brockport in SUNYAC action Saturday at Stafford Ice Arena.
Poreda made 28 saves in the contest against just one goal allowed, which moved him into the NCAA Division III lead in save percentage (.967) for the season.
He also ranks second in Division III in goals-against average (0.98) and is just one spot higher on the list than his counterpart Saturday: Brockport's Jake Moore.
Moore stood tall in net with a 43-save performance to help the Golden Eagles battle to a tie.
"Well, you want to win games at home," Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. "I think that's so important to try to win games at home, but you can't fault our team for their effort.
"I thought we played real short-handed (Saturday). Arguably our two best forwards didn't play. Cole Stallard played one shift, and Cam Owens didn't play.
"But in the back of my mind, you always gotta find a way. Great teams find a way to win, and that's what we gotta take out of it.
"We played hard. I'm proud of our guys. We got up a lot of chances. I'd like to see us bear down around the net and get a few more goals.
"But it wasn't for a lack of effort; it wasn't for a lack of chances. It was just a tough night."
After a scoreless first period, Brockport netted the first goal of the game with 8:06 gone in the second on the power play.
Sophomore defenseman Casey Winn passed to sophomore forward Hunter Laslo, who took a shot from the high slot that was saved by Poreda.
Sophomore forward Doc Gentzler then fired the rebound into the back of the net from the bottom of the left faceoff circle.
Senior forward Ryan Kuhn tied the game with 13:15 elapsed in the second period with an unassisted goal.
Kuhn emerged out of a scrum in the Cardinals' (3-0-1, 3-0-1) zone with the puck, and he drove into the offensive zone himself before skating around the back of the goal from left to right.
He then wrapped the puck inside the right post to net his first goal as a member of the Cardinals after scoring once during his time at Division I Niagara.
A mostly uneventful third period, which saw Plattsburgh outshoot Brockport, 14-7, in the stanza, gave way to a 5-minute overtime period, which saw several close plays that nearly ended the game.
The Golden Eagles' (4-1-1, 2-1-1) best chance of the overtime stanza came 1:24 into the period.
Laslo took a shot that Poreda saved with his body, but the rebound trickled to freshman forward Jake Colosanti, whose shot attempt was turned aside by a Poreda pad save.
Poreda covered up the puck to prevent any further danger on that sequence.
Plattsburgh nearly netted the game-winner with just under 1 minute to play in the overtime period.
Senior defenseman Jakob Engvall launched a stretch pass through the air that sprung senior forward Ross Sloan into a breakaway chance, with only Brockport's goalie, Moore, to beat.
Moore denied a shot from Sloan taken just outside the crease and sent the puck up into the netting to force a whistle and an ensuing faceoff.
The Cardinals outshot the Golden Eagles, 44-29, for the contest.
Brockport wound up going 1-for-6 on the power play, while Plattsburgh was 0-for-2 with the extra skater.