Cardinals lose heartbreaker to Geneseo, start season 0-2

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Plattsburgh State's Christian Thomas (17) works his way around a poke check from Geneseo's Matthew Doran during a SUNYAC men's hockey game Saturday at Stafford Ice Arena.

PLATTSBURGH — This one hurts.

Tyson Empey's power-play goal with 2:45 gone in overtime Saturday night lifted third-ranked Geneseo State to a 2-1 victory over Plattsburgh State in State University of New York Athletic Conference men's hockey at the Stafford Ice Arena.

The Cardinals went 0-2 in conference play, including a 3-1 setback to Brockport on Friday night, during ALS Awareness/Alumni Weekend.

“This was a crushing loss,” Plattsburgh State coach Steve Moffat said. “We competed so hard, and the players did everything we asked of them. We played very well.

“But there are no moral victories. We're 0-2 to start the season, and that's not where we wanted to be.

"We have to come to practice on Monday and have three good practices before we head out on the road.”

The Ice Knights (1-0-1, 1-0-1) took a 1-0 lead into the third period.

Plattsburgh State, however drew even early in the stanza when defenseman Matt Araujo's wrister from beyond the slot found the net.

There were no penalties called in the third period, but there was one called in overtime when the Cardinals were hit with a tripping penalty to the right of Plattsburgh State goaltender Jimmy Poreda at the 1:01 mark.

Empey was then able to stuff the puck in the net from in close at 2:45.

The Cardinals were called for eight penalties as opposed to five for the Ice Knights.

“Overall, we did pretty well on the penalty kill even though they scored two power-play goals,” Moffat said.

“Geneseo is a very good team, and they will force you into taking penalties. What we have to rectify are the sticking penalties.”

The two teams skated through a scoreless first period before Chris Perna's power-play goal gave Geneseo the lead at 10:34 of the second. Perna, stationed between the slots, was able to send a shot up top into the net.

For the second game in a row, the Cardinals held a shot advantage. This time it was 27-24, with Aaron MacKay making 26 stops for the Ice Knights and Poreda 22 for Plattsburgh State. Both goaltenders played well.

“I thought all game long we played with a lot of energy,” Moffat said. “Our focus going in was to win the one-on-one battles.

“(Assistant) Coach (Reid) Lesswing said in the morning that we had to play with a little more bite than we did against Brockport. I felt we were able to do that. We created a lot of good scoring chances.

“I was pleased overall with how we played, but we came out on the short end of the stick.”

The Cardinals now hit the road for conference games at Oswego and Cortland this coming weekend.

Geneseo State 2, Plattsburgh State 1, OT

Geneseo State 0 1 0 1 — 2

Plattsburgh State 0 0 1 0 — 1

First period- no scoring. Penalties- Gilmour, Gen (hooking), 3:15. Hale, PSU (boarding), 10:19. Bechard, PSU (slashing), 13:53. Empey, Gen (interference), 19:27.

Second period- 1, Gen, Perna ppg (Empey, Keenan), 10:34. Penalties- Young, PSU (tripping), 1:46. Gilmour, Gen (tripping), 4:49. Dahl, PSU (boarding), 5:19. Pizzo, PSU (hooking), 9:42. Middleton, PSU (tripping), 12:33. Bosio, Gen (interference), 13:43. Russell, Gen (roughing), 17:30. Thomas, PSU (roughing), 17:30.

Third period- 2, PSU, Araujo (Tretowicz), 1:49. Penalties- none.

Overtime- 3, Gen, Empey (PP) (Keenan), 2:45. Penalties- Thomas, PSU (tripping), 1:01.

Shots on goal

Geneseo State      5      7      9      3      —      24

Plattsburgh State      9      11      7      0      —      27

Goaltenders (shots-saves)- MacKay, Gen, 27-26. Poreda, PSU, 24-22.

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