Thursday, February 21, 2019

Brockport falls to Plattsburgh in playoff game

The College at Brockport ice hockey team fell to Plattsburgh State Wednesday night, by a score of 3-1. With the loss, the Golden Eagles are eliminated from the SUNYAC post-season, finishing the year with a final record of 15-9-2. The Cardinals will advance to the SUNYAC semi-finals.

The Golden Eagles wasted little time getting on the board in the first period as Aidan Salerno beat the Cardinals netminder a little over two minutes into the game. The Green and Gold had the Cardinals on their heels from their first goal, outshooting Plattsburgh 14-8 in the first. Brockport went to the powerplay three times in the first period but couldn't find their second goal of the night.

The second period was more of the same from the Green and Gold, pressuring the Cardinals at all ends of the ice. The Cardinals went to the PP twice in the second period but the Brockport penalty killers held the door shut. Brockport netminder, Matt Schneider made a few saves to end the period, allowing the Golden Eagles to hold onto their one goal lead.

The Cardinals broke their goal drought six minutes into the period, finding a loose puck in the slot and putting it past Schneider. Moments later, the Cardinals were at it again, scoring their second of the night, and taking the lead, 2-1. The Golden Eagles were awarded a five-minute PP with 10 minutes remaining, Captain Connor Hutchins and Freshman Corey Tam traded off scoring opportunities but the Plattsburgh goalie shut the door. The Cardinals went to the box again with 1:55 remaining in. the game, giving Brockport the man advantage for the remainder of the game. As a last chance effort, the Golden Eagles pulled Schneider giving them a 6 on 4 opportunity, the Cardinals found a loose puck and fired it into the Brockport empty net.