Friday, February 10, 2012


The Press Republican previewed tonight's game in today's paper....

Next week’s game between Plattsburgh State and Oswego is set up to be a pivotal SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey showdown.

But with the Cardinals (15-2-4, 10-1-1) one point behind first-place Oswego, surrendering points in any of their final four games could be costly.

“Every game from here on out is obviously important,” Plattsburgh defenseman Paul Puglisi said. “It’s not good to look forward. So I think we’re going to focus on Friday’s game and then take it one game at a time from there.”

Plattsburgh’s last four are on the road, starting with Brockport on Friday. They’ll visit Geneseo Saturday.

Brockport (7-12-3, 3-8-2) tied Geneseo in its last outing. Morrisville, Geneseo and Buffalo State are the only conference teams the Golden Eagles have beaten this season.

Ian Finnerty leads the team with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists), and James Cody sports a 16-15-31 scoring line.

“They’re probably the most improved team in our league. If you look at their scores, they’ve been in a lot of games against a lot of teams,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “And they always give us tough games in their own rink, and right now they’re fighting for a playoff spot. So I’m going to expect their best hockey.

“Cody that plays for them is as good as any player in the league. So we gotta be ready to play.”

The Cardinals beat Brockport, 6-1, Nov. 18.