Saturday, February 11, 2012


The Plattsburgh press looks at last night's affair...

BROCKPORT — Brockport scored three goals over the final two periods to end the Cardinals' 14-game unbeaten streak and make catching first-place Oswego that much more difficult for Plattsburgh.

James Cody recorded a hat trick and Nick Panepinto tallied the go-ahead goal late in the third as Brockport won the SUNY Athletic Conference men's hockey game, 4-2, Friday. According to the Brockport's Athletic Communications department, it was just the second time in 75 meetings that the Golden Eagles beat the Cardinals.

"I felt if our team wanted to win it bad enough, we would've of won," Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. "We didn't play a smart second period. Guys didn't get the puck in deep. We got caught out there on some long changes, and we took a couple bad penalties because we were tired.

"The momentum shifted right there in the second period from Plattsburgh to Brockport."

The Golden Eagles (8-12-7, 4-8-2 SUNYAC) became just the second SUNYAC team to beat the Cardinals this season, handing them their first loss since Nov. 25.

Plattsburgh (15-3-4, 10-2-1) slipped to three points behind Oswego in the conference standings with three games left. To finish first, the Cardinals would need to win out and get some help.

"This was a huge loss for us in the league and on the NCAA clipboard, no doubt about it," Emery said. "But again, we have to want it. We have to want it real bad."

Plattsburgh travels to Geneseo tonight.

Cody tied Friday's game at 2-2 in the middle of the second period, and Panepinto put the Golden Eagles ahead with 2:58 left in the third. Brendon Rothfuss and Mike Hollander assisted on the winner. Cody added an empty-net goal.

"It's no secret we don't have a lot of good scorers. We can't score. So we gotta play good defense," Emery said. "We lost a crucial faceoff on their first goal. The second goal we had bad D-zone coverage on a delayed penalty, and the third goal was another bad D-zone coverage."

Oliver Wren made 37 saves for Brockport, and Mathieu Cadieux had 22 for Plattsburgh.

Kyle Taylor gave the Cardinals a lead 3:48 into the game on a power play, but Cody answered 59 seconds later. Kyle Kudroch scored at 9:23 to send the Cardinals into the intermission with a 2-1 lead.

Taylor and Kudroch both finished with two points.

"We'll see if we get the leadership to bounce back," Emery said. "You think Geneseo's not going to be pumped up to play us? Never mind that they have confidence now that they've seen Brockport beat us.

"We'll see what we're made out of."