PLATTSBURGH — A couple of freshman showed what they can do and all three goalies got some work as Plattsburgh State played a men’s hockey exhibition against Concordia Saturday at Stafford Ice Arena.
Newcomer Michael Radisa had two goals in the Cardinals’ 4-2 victory.
“We’re very fortunate to have Concordia come down here and play us. Gives us a good measuring stick on what we need to work on,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said. “They were a big, strong team. I thought we showed some good work ethic.”
The Cardinals begin the regular season on Friday.
Sophomore defenseman Brandon Beadow slammed home a rebound in the middle of the first period to put Plattsburgh up 1-0 with assists from Alex Jensen and David Amnas.
Jensen was later rammed into the boards in the corner by Alex MacDonald, who received a hitting-from-behind minor and a game misconduct. Jensen was attended to by the trainer but returned to the ice later in the period.
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead when Kevin Emmerling, a freshman forward, knocked the puck in from the side of the net early in the second after Paul Puglisi took a slap shot from the top of the slot.
Dany Potvin scored from down low at 11:04 to pull Concordia within a goal.
In the third, Radisa took a pass down low and put the puck in the open left side of the net at 6:15. Late in the period, the forward from Caledon, Ontario came in on the left side after a turnover and lifted the puck high for a 4-1 lead.
Concordia’s Olivier Jannard put one in from the doorstep with six seconds left in the game.
All 30 players on Plattsburgh’s roster rotated into the game, with just two players in the lineup for all three periods.
“I thought we did pretty good,” sophomore Jake Mooney said. “I think obviously we still have some things to work on. But we’ve got a lot of freshmen, and I think they all showed that they can step up and play at this level. Obviously that will take some time adjusting.
“I think as a group we played really well together.”
Michael Cassidy finished with two assists for the Cardinals, who held a 34-22 advantage in shots on goal.
Plattsburgh is looking to boost its offensive output this year.
“One thing we do want to try to improve on is our goals-for this season, so I don’t care who gets the goals as long as we get more pucks in the back of the net — without sacrificing any defensive play,” Emery said.
Mathieu Cadieux started in net for Plattsburgh and stopped all five shots he faced. Sam Foley and Josh Leis played the second and third periods, respectively, and each allowed one goal.
“I thought they all played fairly well,” Emery said. “I was excited to see them all play well. I thought we did a pretty good job in front of them, though, (Saturday). We didn’t give up second shots.”
Plattsburgh 4, Concordia 2
Concordia 0 1 1 — 2
Plattsburgh 1 1 2 — 4
First period- 1, PSU, Beadow (A. Jensen, David Amnas), 10:28. Penalties: Puglisi, PSU (cross-checking), 6:09. Jobb, PSU (tripping), 12:16. MacDonald, Con (boarding), 12:54. MacDonald, Con (game misconduct), 12:54. Lovatsis, Con (hooking), 15:25.
Second period- 2, PSU, Emmerling (Puglisi), 2:09 (pp). 3, Con, Potvin, 11:04. Penalties: Mormina, Con (too many players), 2:04. Monahan, Con (tripping), 2:45. Kaye, PSU (holding), 7:46. Lovatsis, Con (interference), 8:03. Monahan, Con (tripping), 8:48.
Third period- 4, PSU, Radisa (Balaban, Cassidy), 6:15. 5, PSU, Radisa (Cassidy), 17:14. 6, Con, Garland (Zafaris), 19:54. Penalties: Jannard, Con (hooking), 3:49.
Shots on goal:
Concordia 5 7 10 — 22
Plattsburgh 12 10 12 — 34
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Mastropietro, Con, 34-30. Cadieux, PSU, 5-5. Foley, PSU, 7-6. Leis, PSU, 10-9.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Concordia 0-3; Plattsburgh 1-5.
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