Host No. 11 Plattsburgh State beat Middlebury College 5-2, in the consolation contest of the 2016 Primelink Great Northern Shootout Saturday at Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena.
Plattsburgh State, which goes to 4-4 on the season, received goals from sophomores Nick Belger (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Soo Eagles), Pat Egan (Rochester, N.Y./Lone Star Brahmas) and Jesse Neher (Calgary, Alberta/Cowichen Valley Capitals) and freshmen Joe Drabin (Rochester, N.Y./Wenatchee Wild) and Brady Pfaff (South Riding, Va./Islanders Hockey Club), with Pfaff netting his first career goal. Junior Ayrton Valente (Woodbridge, Ontario/Mississauga Chargers) and freshman Gavin Yates (Plymouth, Mass./South Shore Kings) both provided two assists. Freshman Joshua Davies(Guelph, Ontario/Brooks Bandits) made 26 saves for the win in his second career start. Sophomore Cole Stallard(Waleska, Ga./New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs) was selected to the all-tournament team.
Middlebury goes to 0-4 on the season and saw goals from junior Vincent Gisonti (Montreal, Quebec/Islanders Hockey Club) and freshman Joey Piccinini (Blainville, Quebec/Boston Jr. Bandits). Junior Braeden Quast (Mullica Hills, N.J./Connecticut Yankees) and sophomore Spencer Cage (Fishers, Ind./Culver Academies) assisted and junior Stephen Klein (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Bonnyville Pontiacs) stopped 40 shots.
Plattsburgh State potted two first-period goals on 14 shots. The hosts went up first at 3:35 when Drabin fed a goal-line pass to Belger, who wristed a slot shot into the upper right corner. Middlebury looked to equalize with 4:58 remaining as sophomore Ethan Cohen (Brooklyn, N.Y./Metro Fighting Moose) skated down the left side before sending a low liner that Davies snagged. The Cardinals then went up 2-0 at 18:07 when Valente's left side pass through traffic was redirected into the right side by Pfaff.
Middlebury evened up the score with a pair of second-period goals. Quast's left side shot bounced off Davies' left pad and out to Gisonti, who punched home the power-play score to the right side at 7:54. Piccinini knotted up the score at 2-2 when he took a pass from Cage and snapped a shot over Davies' glove at 14:13. Plattsburgh State broke the stalemate with three third-period markers. Neher scored at 5:10 and the put the Cardinals up when he tapped in the puck after freshman Philip Middleton's (Vail, Colo./Topeka Roadrunners) slapshot caromed up and over Klein, leaving the puck in an empty crease for a quick tap in. Egan's goal at 10:15 and Drabin's power-play tally at 19:44 sealed the hosts' win.
Courtesy: Plattsburgh State Athletics
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