Friday, February 6, 2009


This was in the North Country's Press Republican....

Cardinals wary of Brockport

There's no question Plattsburgh State hockey coach Bob Emery likes what he sees from his team of late.

Emery, however, understands how quickly it can all change. "No doubt, we're on a little bit of a high right now," he said. "But, it's easy to get back on a low. We have to make sure we come to work every game. League play is what it's all about and we need to take care of business. We're looking forward to this weekend at home and it's a big weekend for us. And, it starts with Brockport."

The top-ranked Cardinals, who are 17-1-2 overall, lead the State University of New York Athletic Conference with a 10-0-1 record with five games remaining in the regular season.

Plattsburgh State, coming off Monday's solid 6-1 non-conference home victory over Williams College at the Stafford Ice Arena, host Brockport tonight (7 p.m.) and Geneseo on Saturday.

Improved Brockport, which is currently in third place in the SUNYAC standings with a 5-3-2 record, stands at 11-5-3 overall and is unbeaten in its last 10 games, going 8-0-2 during that time.

The Golden Eagles, coming off a 5-2 home win over Geneseo last weekend, have nine players with 10 points or more. Senior forward Tim Crowley leads the team in points with 15 and senior forward Dave McNab in goals scored with eight.Junior Todd Sheridan (8-1-3, 2.01 gaa) has done the majority of the goaltending for Brockport.

"Brockport has great team chemistry, they work hard and are buying into their coach is selling," Emery said.

"As a result, they have had good results. They are built from their goaltender on out and that gives them a chance to win every game."

The Cardinals are expected to be without the services of injured defenseman Ward Smith and forward Shawn Dennis this weekend.

"Our program is always based on depth, and this gives someone else the opportunity to play," said Emery.