Plattsburgh steamrolls Middlebury 7-0

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Second-ranked Plattsburgh (11-2-3) had little trouble with Middlebury (6-5-2), handing the Panthers a 7-0 loss at Kenyon Arena Friday night. While the Cardinals remain unbeaten in their last nine games, the loss was the worst for Middlebury since falling 9-1 to Norwich in '93.

Plattsburgh took a 1-0 lead in the first period with a goal coming late on a power play. Paul Puglisi blasted a shot from the point that was tipped in front by Jared Docking for his third of the season at the 15:40 mark. The Cardinals struck again with just 46 seconds left in the period with the fifth of the year from Alex Jensen. Nick Jensen poked the puck away from an opponent with Patrick Jobb finding Alex Jensen who broke in all alone.

The Cardinals took advantage of a Middlebury turnover 9:37 into the second period, with Alex Brenton scoring his fourth of the year on a shorthanded breakaway. The lead grew to 4-0 at the 12:08 mark with Ryan Craig netting his fourth of the year on the power play, one-timing a pass from Alex Jensen. The lead ballooned to 5-0 when Kyle Taylor tipped in a shot from Preston Kaye for his fifth at the 15:18 mark.

Kyle Kudroch and Ryan Farnan added third period goals to make it a 7-0 final.

Mathieu Cadieux made 25 saves in goal to earn his second shutout of the season. John Yanchek (34:26, 4 GA, 14 saves) started in net for Middlebury, while rookies Dan Fullam (15:42, 2 GA, 5 saves) and Mike Peters (9:42, 1 GA, 1 save) made their collegiate debuts. Plattsburgh ended the night with a 27-25 shots advantage.

Plattsburgh's special teams had a good night as the power-play unit, which had struggled as of late, went 2-for-3. Prior to tonight's game, Plattsburgh and Middlebury boasted the top two penalty-killing units in Division III. The Cardinals killed off all three penalties Friday, maintaining their spot as the nation's best penalty kill at 95.7 percent.

Plattsburgh travels to Williams College tomorrow night for its final non-conference game of the regular season. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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