Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Plattsburgh's preview of tonight's game

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The third-seeded Plattsburgh State men's ice hockey team begins its quest for its 24th conference title on Wednesday evening at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena, as the Cardinals host sixth-seeded The College at Brockport at 7 p.m. in the first round of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament.
TICKET PRICING: Tickets are $7 and can be purchased either at or at the box office starting at 5 p.m. on the day of the game... Students from SUNYAC schools with valid identification will be admitted free of charge.
ABOUT THE SERIES: In a series that dates back to 1975-76, the Cardinals are 82-5-5 all-time against the Golden Eagles… Plattsburgh State was 1-0-1 against Brockport this year, battling the Golden Eagles to a 1-1 overtime tie on Nov. 10 at home before posting a 4-1 victory over Brockport on Jan. 26 on the road.

: Plattsburgh State is in the SUNYAC Tournament for the 28th consecutive season and enters Wednesday's game riding a four-game winning streak... The Cardinal offense is led by senior forward Cam Owens and freshman defenseman Matt Araujo, who have a team-high 14 points apiece. Owens is tied for the team lead in goals with seven, while Araujo has a team-leading 12 assists, which is tied for 21st in the SUNYAC… Sophomore goaltender Jimmy Poreda has enjoyed a breakout season in goal for the Cardinals, earning four SUNYAC Goaltender of the Week honors this year… He ranks among the NCAA Division III leaders in save percentage (ninth, .936), shutouts (tied for 11th, 3) and goals-against average (13th, 1.86)… Plattsburgh State boasts Division III's top penalty kill (.913) and is tied for 24th nationally in scoring defense (2.44 goals allowed per game)… Head coach Bob Emery is in his 30th year piloting the Cardinal men's ice hockey program and boasts a career record .of 623-214-65.

: Brockport is making its first appearance in the SUNYAC Tournament since 2015-16 and is in pursuit of its first-ever SUNYAC championship… The Golden Eagles' 15 wins so far this year are the most a Brockport men's ice hockey team has achieved since 1987-88… Brockport has been a thorn in the Cardinals' side the past few years with a 3-2-1 record against Plattsburgh State during that span, including a 1-1-1 mark at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena… Brockport is led offensively by junior forward Connor Hutchins, who has a team-leading 26 points on eight goals and 18 assists… Sophomore defenseman Ryan Romeo leads the blueliners offensively with 17 points (4g, 13a)… Senior goaltender Jake Moore has been a steady presence in goal this season, ranking among the Division III leaders in shutouts (tied for fifth, 4), goals-against average (17th, 1.93) and save percentage (tied for 29th, .925)… Brockport is tied for 12th in Division III in scoring defense (2.00 goals allowed per game) and ranks 23rd nationally in scoring margin (1.04)… Head coach Brian Dickinson is in his 22nd year at Brockport and is in his 25th season overall as a head coach… He boasts a career overall record of 210-371-58.

: Fourth-seeded Buffalo State is hosting fifth-seeded Fredonia in the other first-round game... The lowest remaining seed will visit top-seeded SUNY Geneseo in the semifinal round, while the second-lowest remaining seed will visit second-seeded Oswego State in the semifinals.