Brockport (7-8-1 in SUNYAC, 14-11-1 overall) at Plattsburgh (13-2-1, 17-4-4)
Everybody was expecting to see Brockport in Oswego once they got past the play-in round. However, thanks to Morrisville’s surprise, the Golden Eagles once again go to Plattsburgh like last year.
Plattsburgh may not be the juggernaut they were a year ago, but this year’s version of the Cardinals is still intimidating and it’s never easy playing in Stafford.
The Cardinals play a very disciplined game: they are the least penalized team at 11.8 minutes per game. And when they do give up a penalty, they usually don’t get scored upon with the second best penalty kill at 84.7%. They have given up 11 power-play tallies while scoring four shorthanded goals.
Though Plattsburgh has struggled to score this year by their standards, they are still second best in conference play at 4.75 per game. They also have the second stingiest defense at 1.88 despite at times struggling goaltending amongst two freshman.
Ryan Williams seems to have taken the top spot, finishing up with a league best 1.64 goals against average and .927 save percentage.
Of course, on the other end, Brockport has both experience and the SUNYAC First Team goaltender in senior Todd Sheridan (3.50 GAA, .903 save pct.). Brockport doesn’t score much (2.69 per game), but they have been upping those numbers recently, getting 3.25 in the second half of the season.
Dickinson wasn’t too concerned about where he ultimately had to go.
“Wherever we go, we’ll go in and give our best effort,” he said. “I think the Friday game against Oswego [a 4-2 loss] really proved to our guys we can play with the big boys.”
They will have to perform at that level as they previously lost to Plattsburgh, 4-1 and 7-1, this season.
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