PLATTSBURGH — Just what the doctor ordered.
Liam Lawson's goal with just 45 seconds remaining in regulation Tuesday night lifted the Plattsburgh State men's hockey team to a much-needed 3-2 win over Wesleyan University in non-conference play.
The Cardinals broke a two-game losing streak and improved to 5-8-1 overall.
“No question, this is a huge win for us,” Plattsburgh State coach Steve Moffat said. “That's a good team we played.
“The players battled through adversity after getting down, 2-1. They earned this one.”
The two teams entered the third period tied at 2-all and it stayed that way until the final minute when Lawson scored from in close, with Ryan Kuhn and Joe Drabin assisting.
“That's the way we need to score goals,” Moffat said. “We won a battle for the puck behind the goal line, got it in front to Lawson, who whacked it in.
“It was a fast third period and had a frenetic pace to it. But, I still thought we played pretty smart.”
The Cardinals once again took an early lead in the game when Brendan Young scored with just 1:16 gone in the first stanza. But, Wesleyan (7-5) tied it up at 17:06 on Danny Sorabella's goal.
“I thought we were all over them in the first 15 minutes of the first period,” Moffat said. “But, then we gave them an easy chance off a turnover and that was a momentum changer.
“We did cut down on our turnovers, but the ones we did make were big ones.”
Wesleyan then took a 2-1 advantage early in the second, at 2:38, on Colin Cobb's goal.
Then a turning point came later in the period when Plattsburgh State gave away the puck on the power play. Cardinals' goalie Jimmy Poreda, however, made the save on a breakaway to keep it a 2-1 game.
Plattsburgh State would then tie it on the power play at 15:24 when Joe Kile drilled one into the net from straight on.
“When we play in straight lines, get the puck out of our zone and get it in deep, we play pretty good hockey,” Moffat said. “It's a simple game.
“I thought our penalty kill was real good again (Tuesday).”
Both goaltenders played well, with Poreda stopping 23 of 25 shots for the Cardinals and Tim Sestak making 33 saves on 36 shots for Wesleyan.
Plattsburgh State now hits the road to close out the non-conference portion of its schedule at Middlebury and Williams this weekend.
Plattsburgh State 3, Wesleyan 2
Wesleyan 1 1 0 — 2
Plattsburgh State 1 1 1 — 3
First period- 1, PSU, Young (Tretowicz, Lawson), 1:16. 2, Wes, Sorabella (Fiallo), 17:06.
Second period- 3, Wes, Cobb (Sorabella), 2:38. 4, PSU, Kile ppg (DiFelice, Kane), 15:24.
Third period- 5, PSU, Lawson (Drabin, Kuhn), 19:15.
Shots on goal
Wesleyan 8 5 12 — 25
Plattsburgh State 14 7 15 — 36
Goaltenders (shots/saves)- Sestak, Wes, 36-33. Poreda, PSU, 25-23.