Bears fall at No. 5 Plattsburgh in season opener
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.—Fifth-ranked Plattsburgh State (1-0, 1-0 SUNYAC) scored two second period goals en route to a 3-0 victory over the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (0-1, 0-1) on Friday night. Despite the loss, Bears are 23-13-2 in season openers
The Cardinals put good pressure on the Bears in the first period, throwing a lot of pucks on sophomore goalie Jon Hall (Dexter, N.Y./Stouffville Spirit). Plattsburgh appeared to score midway through the period, but the goal was waved off as it was directed off a Cardinal skate. Hall finished with 16 saves after the first period.
Plattsburgh opened the second period with a five-on-three power play and finally broke through. Just 41 seconds into the middle stanza, Nick Jensen wristed a shot into to the upper right corner of the goal from the slot. Dillan Fox and Barry Roytman assisted on the play. The Cardinals power play was a decisive factor in the contest. Less than three minutes later Patrick Herman made it 2-0 on helpers from Brandon Beadow and Michael Cassidy. Hall finished the period with 16 more stops.
The Cardinals added another power-power play goal 4:23 into the third period. Fox scored with assists from Jensen and Luke Baleshta. That was all Plattsburgh would get as Hall continued his strong play while the clock wound down, adding 19 more saves to his total. With about a minute remaining, senior assistant captain Nick Averinos (Bolton, Ontario/Georgetown Raiders) beat Cardinal goalie Mathieu Cadieux, but Cadieux was able to swipe around behind him and clear the puck before it crossed the line. The play sealed the shutout for the Cardinals.
Hall finished with a career-high 48 saves, while Cadieux stopped 12 shots. The Bears were 0-5 on the man advantage, while Plattsburgh was 2-5.
Potsdam Head Coach Chris Bernard was pleased with the effort, if not the outcome.
"Our guys competed their tails off for a full 60 minutes," said Bernard. "I think the stats were a little misleading as defensively we cut down on a lot of their grade A chances. It's always challenging to start your season on the road against a strong team like Plattsburgh. We saw a lot of things we can develop as the season moves on. You don't get points for effort, but I saw a solid foundation for us to build on. Jon Hall played outstanding and gave us a chance to win. That's all we can ask of any of our goaltenders."
Potsdam returns home to re-open Maxcy Hall Ice Arena with a 7 p.m. contest against the University of New England. The Bears will induct their 1995-96 SUNYAC Championship team into the Potsdam Hall of Fame during the first intermission.