Cardinals go winless at PrimeLink Shootout

JOEY LAFRANCA/STAFF PHOTOPlattsburgh State's Andrew Pizzo, left, gains control of a loose puck deep in the Cardinals' defensive zone as Norwich's Braedyn Aubin applies pressure during the consolation game of the 22nd annual PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout Saturday at Stafford Ice Arena.

PLATTSBURGH — Not a whole lot went right for the Plattsburgh State men's hockey team over the weekend.

After dropping a 6-1 decision to Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Friday, the Cardinals suffered a 5-1 setback to Norwich Saturday in the third-place game of the 22nd annual PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout.

“We played two really good teams, ranked No. 3 and No. 1 in the country in Division III,” Plattsburgh State coach Steve Moffat said. “We should be able to learn a lot from these two games.

“Our effort was good all weekend. But, it's frustrating because there are no moral victories.”

The Cadets (8-1) grabbed the lead at 7:05 of the opening period on Coby Downs' first of three goals. But, Rich McCartney tallied a power-play goal on a low shot on a rebound at the 14:54 mark to tie it.

Then came an eventful second period.

The Cardinals (3-5-1) thought they had taken a 2-1 advantage 2:17 into the stanza, only to have the goal disallowed when it was ruled the net had come off its mooring before the puck went in.

That proved to be a big momentum shift in the game when Gabriel Chicoine scored at 9:02 and Downs at 12:55 to give Norwich a 3-1 lead after two.

“It sounds like a broken record, but we do some good things only to make mistakes that hurt us,” Moffat said.

“We can't catch a break, and we make two mistakes in the second that cost us two goals, though no fault of our goalie.”

Any thoughts of a Plattsburgh State comeback ended when Jordan Hall's goal made it 4-1 at 3:24 of the third.

Downs would then add an empty-net goal with 4:53 left in the contest as the Cardinals went for broke.

Tom Aubrun stopped 26 of 27 shots in the Norwich nets and Jimmy Poreda 33 of 37 for Plattsburgh State.

Four of the five Plattsburgh State losses thus far have come against teams ranked in the top five in the country.

“It's about getting results, and the results weren't good this weekend for us,” Moffat said. “We have to come back on Monday and be ready to work.”

The Cardinals close out the first semester at home on Friday against SUNY Canton in a non-league contest.

Norwich 5, Plattsburgh State 1

Norwich 1 2 2 — 5

Plattsburgh State 1 0 0 — 1

First period- 1, Nor, Downs (Chicoine, Brassard), 7:05. 2, PSU, McCartney ppg (Araujo, Drabin), 14:54.

Second period- 3, Nor, Chicoine (Burchill, Williams), 9:02. 4, Nor, Downs, 12:55.

Third period- 5, Nor, Hall (Boucher, Chicoine), 3:24. 6, Nor, Downs eng, 15:07.

Shots on goal

Norwich 12 12 14 — 38

Plattsburgh State 13 8 6 — 27

Goaltenders (shots-saves)- Aubrun, NOR, 27-26. Poreda, PSU, 37-33.

CHAMPIONSHIP

WISCONSIN-EAU CLAIRE 4

MIDDLEBURY 3

The Blugolds (8-0-1) held off the upset-minded Panthers (4-2) to win the PrimeLink title.

Eau Claire seemingly was on the way to another impressive victory, taking a 4-1 lead into the third period.

But Middlebury made it plenty interesting in the final minutes when Emack Bentley scored at 13:42 and Zach Shapiro at 16:50 to pull the Panthers to within one.

Eau Claire, however, was able to withstand the Middlebury comeback attempt.

Nick Techel, Jarrod Vroman, Derek Hammer and Cole Parsells tallied goals for the No. 3-ranked Blugolds.

Matt Danner opened the scoring for Middlebury.

The three goals were the most allowed by Eau Claire in a game this season.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire 4, Middlebury 3

Wisconsin-Eau Claire      2      2      0      —      4

Middlebury      1      0      2      —      3

First period- 1, Midd, Danner (Capello), 3:19. 2, EC, Techel, 7:38. 3, EC, Vroman (Cooper, Kennedy), 14:40.

Second period- 4, EC, Hammer (Parsells), :41. 5, EC, Paskus (Richards, Van Ruden), 10:54.

Third period- 6, Midd, Bentley (Fahle, Pastor), 13:42. 7, Midd, Shapiro (Powers, Breen), 16:50.

Shots on goal

Wisconsin-Eau Claire      12      18      9      —      39

Middlebury      7      7      14      —      28

Goaltenders (shot/saves)- Dyment, EC, 28-25. Wisco (28-24), Ketchabaw (11-11), Midd, 39-35.

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