USCHO's Russel Jaslow in his weekly column offered this analysis of the Brockport-Plattsburgh game...
....up in the northeast corner of the state, Plattsburgh defeated Brockport, 5-2, also with an empty-net goal at the end. This, too, was not easy for the winning team.
The Cardinals did jump out early, scoring 35 seconds in and then midway through the first for a 2-0 first period lead. Then, Brockport got their game back under them.
“We definitely made the adjustment as a team,” Brockport head coach Brian Dickinson said. “Worked the forecheck extremely well. Worked a lot of turnovers in the neutral zone. We had a lot of good looks. Unfortunately, the period where we controlled the play we only got one goal while the period they controlled, the first, they scored two.”
“I thought Brockport had a pretty good game going,” Plattsburgh head coach Bob Emery said. “We came out and got on the board early. Brockport did a good job in the second period causing us a lot of neutral zone turnovers. We did okay in the third. Brockport had a game plan and really executed it.”
After Brockport got that goal in the second, Plattsburgh scored two early in the third to put the game away. A goal midway through the period was too little, too late for the Golden Eagles.
“All in all, a much better effort than it was last year when we went up there in a similar situation,” Dickinson said. “We were close to even with the shots. We kept them under 30 shots which was our goal. We felt we could win if we kept them under 30.”
Like Morrisville backing up their win over Fredonia with a solid effort against Oswego, Brockport followed up their successful season last year with an impressive showing this season.
“Definitely a successful season for us,” Dickinson said. “From where we’ve been in the history of the program, it was really important to back up last year with a similar season. We had 14 wins like last year and made it to the SUNYAC semifinals again. I’m excited where we are. We certainly have a lot to build on. We started to be competitive on a regular basis.”
Check out the rest of Russell's column in which he makes his All-SUNYAC rookie and defensive picks and looks ahead at this weekend's SUNYAC Championship: