PLATTSBURGH -- Everything was looking pretty good for the Plattsburgh State men's hockey team after two periods of its State University of New York Athletic Conference opener with Fredonia at the Stafford Ice Arena Friday night.

The Cardinals held a 29-13 shot advantage and a 3-0 lead on the scoreboard after the first 40 minutes of play.

But, then it got interesting in the third period when the Blue Devils scored two power-play goals in the first 1:14 and had the hosts on the run.

Bryan Hince, however, came up big in net for the Cardinals, who then scored two power-play goals of their own later on to wrap up a 5-2 win.

"Fredonia is a tough team to play," said Plattsburgh State head coach Bob Emery. "They force you into making mistakes.

"But, it was a good win for us because we were able to battle back from some adversity."

Fredonia (2-2-1, 0-1) opened the third period skating with a five-on-three advantage.

Chris de Bruyn's slapshot from the slot pulled the Blue Devils to within 3-1 and then Matt McKeown took a pass down low to make it a one-goal game at 1:14.

But, that's when Hince answered the call for the Cardinals with some key saves.

"It's not how many saves a goaltender makes, but when he makes them," said Emery. "Hince made the key saves when we needed him to and answered the bell."

Fredonia then took a too many men on the ice penalty and the Cardinals went to work.

Joey Wilson, who had a big game, slammed in a rebound at 6:16 to put Plattsburgh State back up by two and Phil Farrow tallied a power-play goal with 36 seconds left in the contest to give the Cardinals a three-goal edge.

"We did a lot of great things offensively," Emery said. "How many times did we hit the post tonight?

"But, we took a dumb penalty near the end of the second period and we can't go down two skaters."

The Cardinals (2-0, 1-0) grabbed the lead at 7:49 of the first period when Riley Hill took a pass down low and scored a power-play goal.

Then, shortly after at 8:03, Wilson got behind the Fredonia defense to score on a breakaway. Wilson finished the game with two goals and an assist.

Plattsburgh State made it 3-0 at 13:10 of the second. Eric Satim slipped a low shot past Fredonia netminder Pat Street and into the net following some good pressure applied by the Cardinals in the Fredonia end.

Hill added a goal and two assists, while defenseman Nick Rolls assisted on three goals.

Hince stopped 27 of 29 shots and Street recorded 36 saves on 41 shots.

Plattsburgh State went three-of-six of the powerplay, while Fredonia was two-of-five.

The Cardinals lost the services of defenseman Ward Smith with an injury with 12:46 left in the second period. He was carried off the ice by stretcher and the extent of his injury is not yet known.

Plattsburgh State is back on home ice tonight for a 7 p.m. SUNYAC contest against Buffalo State, which skated to a 6-3 win at Potsdam Friday night. In other conference games, Oswego skated to a 6-1 victory over Cortland and Geneseo was a 2-1 winner in overtime over Morrisville. In non-conference action, Hobart edged Brockport, 3-2.

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Plattsburgh 5, Fredonia 2

Score by periods:

Fredonia (2-2-1, 0-1) 0 0 2 -- 2

Plattsburgh (2-0, 1-0) 2 1 2 -- 5

First period- 1, PSU, Hill (Rolls, Farrow), 7:49. 2, PSU, Wilson (Corry, Rolls), 8:03. Penalties- Rizer, Fred (interference), 6:34. Soscia, Fred (holding), 10:48. Clarke, PSU (interference), 18:21.

Second period- 3, PSU, Satim (Clarke, Willock), 13:10. Penalties- Corry, PSU (holding), 3:13. Rizer, Fred (hooking), 7:14. Dissanayak, Fred (hooking), 13:43. Dennis, PSU (slashing), 18:24. Corry, PSU (charging), 19:28.

Third period- 4, Fred, de Bruyn ppg (Morton, Boyce), :28. 5, Fred, McKeown ppg (Capella, LaBella), 1:14. 6, PSU, Wilson ppg (Rolls, Hill), 6:16. 7, PSU, Farrow ppg (Wilson, Hill), 19:24. Penalties- Fred (too many men), 5:04. Breslin, PSU (interference), 13:22. Boyce, Fred (elbowing), 17:40.

Shots on goal:

Fredonia 4 9 16 -- 29

Plattsburgh 14 15 12 -- 41

Goaltenders (shots-saves): Street, Fred, 41-36. Hince, PSU, 29-27.

Powerplays (goals-opportunities): Fredonia, 2-5. Plattsburgh, 3-6.

Attendance: 1,182.

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