Kreitzberg Arena has not always been kind to the nationally-ranked No. 3 Plattsburgh State men's hockey team but Tuesday night proved to be a different story as the Cardinals skated to a 4-2 win against No. 5 Norwich in a non-conference matchup.
Tuesday's outcome marked just the second time that Plattsburgh State has earned a victory at Norwich's Kreitzberg Arena with the first win coming on Jan. 8, 2008 when the Cardinals downed the Cadets by a score of 3-2.
Freshman forward Kyle Hall gave the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead, jabbing at Kevin Emmerling's rebound and getting the puck to trickle into the net at the 1:21 mark for his fourth of the year.
The Cardinals were whistled for back-to-back penalties late in the first period, giving the Cadets a 5-on-3 power play. Norwich's Shane Gorman took advantage of the two-man advantage, tying it up at 14:14 with his seventh of the season from Ryan Whitell and Travis Janke.
Plattsburgh State quickly regained the lead on a power play of its own at the 16:51 mark when Mark Constantine reigned in a shot by Nick Jensen that bounced off the back boards and lifted a shot from low in the left circle over Norwich goaltender Matic Marinsek to make it 2-1 in favor of the Cardinals.
Despite Norwich holding a territorial advantage in the beginning of the second, the Cardinals extended the lead to 3-1 when Ryan Farnan made a nice pass up to Zach Popp, who buried one off the backhand for his first of the year at the 7:38 mark.
Popp's goal marked the end of the Marinsek's night as Cadets' head coach Mike McShane replaced his starter with Parker Carroll. Marinsek allowed three goals and made six saves, dropping to 8-2-2 on the year. Carroll finished his outing with 10 saves.
The Cardinals took a three-goal lead at 12:22 of the second when Alex Brenton took a feed from Barry Roytman and fired a shot over the glove side of Carroll to make it a 4-1 game at the end of two periods.
Norwich got one back in the third period when Janke took a loose puck in the crease and tucked in inside the post but that was as close as the Cadets would get.
Despite the final score, the Cadets outshot the Cardinals, 28-20. Plattsburgh State went 1-for 3 on the power play, while Norwich went 1-for-5.
Mathieu Cadieux made 26 saves in the win for the Cardinals, improving to 12-1-2 overall.
The Cardinals close out the non-conference portion of their schedule this weekend with a pair of games on the road. Plattsburgh State travels to Middlebury Friday night for a rematch of the PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut championship game before closing out the weekend at Williams on Saturday.
Courtesy: Plattsburgh State Athletics
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