PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State men's hockey coach Steve Moffat isn't downplaying the importance of tonight's game with rival Potsdam.
The Cardinals (2-3-1, 2-3-1) host the Bears (1-4-1, 1-4-1) in State University of New York Athletic Conference play at 7 p.m. at Stafford Ice Arena.
Plattsburgh State, which opened the 2019-20 season with three-consecutive losses in the SUNYAC, is unbeaten in its last three conference games (2-0-1) heading into tonight.
“It's a massive game for us,” Moffat said. “We don't get another crack at a SUNYAC opponent until the second semester.
“A win would put us 3-3-1 in the conference. We could be doing better, but we could be doing worse.”
Up to this point, all of the Cardinals' games have been conference ones. Plattsburgh State hosts the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout on Nov. 29-30 and closes out the semester with a non-conference home encounter versus SUNY Canton on Dec. 6.
Potsdam has been a bit of an enigma thus far.
The Bears have dropped contests to Cortland (4-2), Oswego (8-1) and Buffalo State (6-3), but have been good enough for a 2-all overtime tie with SUNYAC power Geneseo, a close 3-2 setback to a good Brockport team and, most recently, a 1-0 victory over Fredonia.
“Potsdam will bring their best game against us,” Moffat said. “They are coming off a win, a shutout win.
“We have to be ready to play. We can't worry so much about what our opponent is doing. We have to be more concerned with what we do and what we do best.”
Moffat knows the Cardinals have a lot of room for improvement if they are to be successful this season.
“The jury's still out,” he said, “We want to continue to get some traction. We have to outwork our opponents.
“Keeping the puck out of our net is a priority and, hopefully, we will find some goal scoring. We have given up only two goals combined in our last three games.”
Last weekend at home, the Cardinals skated to a 1-all overtime tie with Fredonia and then recorded a 2-0 win over Buffalo State.
“We blocked a lot of shots over the weekend, did some good work in the trenches, were strong in front of our net and got great goaltending,” Moffat said. “We played well and stayed out of the box.
“We have to continue doing all the little things that don't show up on the scoreboard.”
Tonight will be Canned Food Drive/Poster Night. Non-perishable food items will go the Plattsburgh State Food Shelf, and the Plattsburgh State players will be available to sign the posters following the game.