Thursday, November 6, 2014


The North Country teams -- Plattsburgh and Potsdam -- pay a visit to Tuttle North this Friday and Saturday (7:00 start).

For the second Friday in a row, Brockport hosts a nationally-ranked team as Plattsburgh sits in 7th place on USCHO's latest poll.

Plattsburgh started their season in typical fashion, beating Potsdam 4-2 last weekend. Last year they were 19-5-2 overall.

They were -- and are a young team -- and all of their leading scorers are returning. Looking at last year's stat sheets, they didn't have a senior appear on the team leader board for scoring until the 10th slot. That means look out for the likes of Alex Jensen (13-16-29), Alex Brenton (12-2-14), and Dillan Fox (9-15-24).  

This season is one of transition in net as Matthew Cadieux graduated after a ridiculous .935 save percentage and 1.56 GAA in his final year. With big shoes to fill, junior Spencer Finney stopped 29 shots in last week's game. Coach Bob Emery is a stickler on goaltending, so don't expect too significant of a drop off from last season. Finney could be in .920 territory on the year.

Last season the Cardinals beat Brockport 6-0 at Plattsburgh and 5-4 in Brockport. I expect a close score again (not a blowout) and with Jared Lockhurst in net, a win is always possible by the underdogs.

On Saturday night, Potsdam strolls into town after a 9-14-2 season. Brockport beat them twice last year: 6-3 in the fall and 4-1 in the spring semester. 

Last year, goals were hard to come by (2.92/game), but don't underestimate them: They are a seasoned bunch as 15 upperclassmen return this season. Any one of them can take it up a notch.

Jon Hall is their #1 goalie. In 9 games last year he had an .898 save percentage. This year, after 2 games, it stands at .917.

Billy Pascalli will likely be the leading scorer this year on the strength of 10-9-19 sophomore campaign. Keep an eye on Vinny Caligiuri who had 6 goals as a freshman. Gone is Mike Arnold who graduated after a stellar 17 goal capstone season.

Brockport should be victorious and if the power play clicks like it did last year (there's no reason it shouldn't), expect a potential blowout as Potsdam's penalty kill was 44th best in the nation.