Sunday, January 24, 2010


The North Country's newspaper offers this recap of Saturday's game...

BROCKPORT — Saturday night's State University of New York Athletic Conference men's hockey game between Plattsburgh State and Brockport took a major turn when the Cardinals went on the penalty kill early in the second period.

Kyle Taylor and Jared Docking scored short-handed goals within a 40-second span, at 7:22 and 8:02, to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. Plattsburgh State then went on to record a 7-1 victory.

"The two short-handed goals were really the turning point in the game," said Plattsburgh State head coach Bob Emery. "It took the wind out of Brockport's sails.

"On the first, Matty MacLeod gave a great pass to Taylor and he made a great shot, one-touching it into the net. On the second, Docking made a great play on a breakaway."

Frustration then set in for the Golden Eagles (10-9, 4-5), who spent too much time in the penalty box.

"They have a great goalie (Todd Sheridan) who was off his game tonight," Emery said. "We were able to get under their skin.

"But, we did a good job breaking the puck out of our zone quickly. When Brockport got the puck in our zone, we were able to get it out fast."

The Cardinals (12-2-4, 8-1-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period on Greg Fosso's goal at 12:29.

The short-handed goals by Taylor and Docking made it 3-0 before Mike Grace tallied a power-play goal at 14:02 of the second for a 4-0 Plattsburgh State advantage.

Justin Noble, with Brockport skating on a five-on-three, put the Golden Eagles on the board at the 18:05 mark.

Dylan Clarke (10:03) on a powerplay, MacLeod (12:05) and Kyle Kudroch (14:38) then closed out the scoring for Plattsburgh State in the third.

The Cardinals finished with a 52-15 advantage in shots on goal, with Josh Leis stopping 14 of 15 shots in net for the win. Sheridan made 45 saves on 52 shots for the Golden Eagles.

"It was a good weekend for us," Emery said. "The guys rose to the occasion and we were able to get four points out of it. We're still a work in progress and we want to get better.

"Scoring goals is the key and we were able to score goals tonight."

The Cardinals head back on the road this coming weekend to play Cortland on Friday and top-ranked and SUNYAC-leading Oswego on Saturday.

In other SUNYAC games Saturday night, Oswego was a 3-1 winner over Fredonia, Geneseo bounced back from Friday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals with a 5-3 victory over Potsdam, and Cortland skated to a 4-2 win over Buffalo State.