BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senior forward Jared Docking figured into all three goals as the Plattsburgh State men's hockey team skated to a 3-2 win at Buffalo State Friday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) matchup.
The Cardinals (14-5-1, 9-1-1 SUNYAC) opened the scoring midway through the first period with a goal by Andrew Smith. Docking and Paul Puglisi picked up assists on Smith's fourth of the year at 10:25.
The early lead didn't last for long though as a Plattsburgh blunder in front of their own net led to Mac Balson's fifth of the season from Cory Gurski and Billy Strakosch to knot the score at 1-1 at 12:02.
Moments later, Plattsburgh State went on the power play and Docking seized the opportunity, finding the back of the net at the 14:20 mark to make it 2-1 in favor of the Cardinals.
Dillan Fox gave Plattsburgh a two-goal lead at 11:35 of the middle stanza off a setup from Docking and Steven Cook. The Bengals (9-10-2, 4-7-1 SUNYAC) came within one late in the third on an unassisted goal by Shane Avery, but were unable to score the equalizer in the final minutes of play.
The line of Docking, Fox and Smith combined for six points on the evening. With a goal and two assists, Docking becomes the Cardinals' offensive leader with a team-high 14 assists and 23 points.
Plattsburgh outshot Buffalo State, 31-26, and went 1-for-5 on the power play. The Bengals were 0-for-2 with the extra man.
Mathieu Cadieux stopped 24 shots to improve to 10-5-1 for the Cardinals. Bengals' goaltender Kevin Carr recorded 28 saves in the loss.
The Cardinals remain in third place in the SUNYAC standings with 19 points. Geneseo holds on to the No. 2 spot with 21 points after a 3-1 win over Brockport Friday evening. A streaking Morrisville team battled with Oswego, but the Lakers prevailed with a 3-2 win to stay one point ahead of Geneseo in the standings.
Plattsburgh will wrap up its final road trip of the regular season tomorrow night at Fredonia State. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Steele Hall Arena.