Plattsburgh State came on strong late in the first period Saturday, taking a 2-0 lead over Potsdam in the last four minutes and going on to a 4-1 SUNY Athletic Conference men's hockey victory.
Vick Schlueter scored two goals, and Josh Leis, making his first start of the season in net, stopped 20 shots.
The Cardinals (2-0) outshot the Bears 19-5 in the opening frame.
"Potsdam came out of the locker room and outplayed us the first 10 minutes. They were buzzing, flying around," Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. "Then the second half of the first period, we played really well."
Mark Constantine opened the scoring with 3:21 left in the period, and Schlueter found the net 57 seconds before intermission.
Schlueter tallied on the power play 3:06 into the second.
"In the second period, (the Bears) played well offensively," Emery said. "At times they were relentless. They had quality chances in the second, and a lot of them were off turnovers. Which they caused, but still, it's unacceptable."
Emery added that he did see some positive things in the defensive end.
"We did a good job sagging the net after mistakes in our own end. We didn't give up second shots," he said. "That's one of the things we did real well. We converged on the net, picked up bodies."
Kyle Kudroch notched an unassisted goal early in the third for a 4-0 lead. Mike Grace finished with two assists for Plattsburgh.
Potsdam's Adam Place spoiled Leis' shutout bid with 2:20 remaining. Still, Emery said the junior goaltender played well.
"Many times (Saturday) he was out of his net challenging," Emery said. "It was one of the better games I've seen him play at Plattsburgh, and he's been here three years.
"If he plays aggressive, we all know he has great athletic ability."
The Cardinals fired 41 shots at Potsdam (1-2, 0-2) goalie Dylan Ellis, who stopped 37.
Plattsburgh 4, Potsdam 1
Plattsburgh 2 1 1 — 4
Potsdam 0 0 1 — 1
First period- 1, PSU, Constantine (Grace, Mooney), 16:39. 2, PSU, Schlueter (Scuglia, Roytman), 19:03. Penalties: Foy, Pots (goaltender interference), 10:30.
Second period- 3, PSU, Schlueter (A. Jensen, Grace), 3:06 (pp). Penalties: Manderfield, Pots (interference), 2:55. Simon, Pots (10-minute misconduct), 8:52. Bench, Pots (too many players), 10:59.
Third period- 4, PSU, Kudroch, 5:19. 5, Pots, Place (Nutkevitch, Ware), 17:40. Penalties: Cope, Pots (hooking), 0:17. Grace, PSU (interference), 2:07. Sollows, PSU (hitting from behind), 5:49. Waters, Pots (slashing), 11:46.
Shots on goal:
Plattsburgh 19 11 11 — 41
Potsdam 5 13 3 — 21
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Leis, PSU, 21-20. Ellis, Pots, 41-37.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Plattsburgh 1-5, Potsdam 0-2.