Sunday, October 31, 2010


Cardinals bounce back

BROCKPORT — Everything wasn't quite back to normal for the Plattsburgh State men's hockey team Saturday night.

The Cardinals, bouncing back from Friday's season-opening 7-3 loss at Geneseo, did pepper Brockport goalie Oliver Wren with 56 shots on goal and skated to a 7-3 victory in State University of New York Athletic Conference play.

Cardinals' head coach Bob Emery, however, felt there was plenty of room for improvement.

"We came out with a win and the best thing about Friday's loss was having a game on Saturday," he said. "Our offense was good.

"But, we had a lot of veterans guys who didn't play great tonight. We're still turning the puck over too much in our own end. We still have a lot to learn. We'll go back to work on Monday and watch the tape."

Vick Schlueter, on a powerplay, Kyle VanDermale and Dan Sliasis scored goals in the first period to stake the Cardinals (1-1, 1-1) to a 3-0 lead.

The Cardinals then had a letdown early in the second and the Golden Eagles (0-3, 0-2) took advantage, cutting their deficit to 3-2 on goals by Ray Tremblay and Ian Finnerty.

Plattsburgh State, however, regained the momentum when Kyle Kudroch and Ian DeLong, on a powerplay, scored in the final five minutes of the stanza to put the Cardinals back up by three, at 5-2.

The Plattsburgh State lead reached 7-2 on goals by Nick Jensen, his first as a Cardinal, and Dylan Clarke in the third.

Brockport's James Cody closed out the scoring with 34 seconds left in the contest.

Defenseman Mike Grace added three assists and Eric Satim two in the victory.

Ryan Williams stopped 19 of 22 shots in the Plattsburgh State nets and Wren finished with 49 stops for the Golden Eagles.

"The first goal and the first win of the season is always the hardest," said Emery. "We're in a tough stretch in the season for us with four games in a row on the road.

"We have our work cut out for us — we have to get smarter in our own end."