PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – With a 24-save performance, Mathieu Cadieux and the Plattsburgh State men's hockey team shutout Buffalo State, 2-0, in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game Saturday night at the Stafford Ice Arena.
The Cardinals wasted no time jumping on the Bengals as Michael Radisa hit the top right corner of the net with a shot from the slot just 26 seconds into the game to give Plattsburgh State an early 1-0 advantage. Michael Cassidy and Barry Roytman picked up assists on the Radisa's fifth of the season.
After a bit of a scuffle in front of the Bengals' net, Plattsburgh State's Luke Baleshta was whistled for a five-minute major at the 5:01 mark of the second period giving Buffalo State a chance to net the equalizer. The Bengals got their best scoring chance of the night midway through the power play when Anthony Beaumont came in all alone but Cadieux came up with a huge glove save to keep the Cardinals in control.
Alex Jensen rounded out the scoring at the 15:43 mark of the second period, coming around the back of the net and tucking the puck inside the near post to reach the 2-0 final. Dillan Fox and Luke Baleshta were credited with assists on Jensen's team-leading 10th of the year.
Buffalo State was without the services of its top two scorers in Dan Turgeon and Mike Zannella after the pair received game disqualifications in a penalty-filled contest Friday night in Potsdam. Despite the short bench, the Bengals had their chances in the third but Cadieux came up with 11 saves in the period to secure the shutout.
Buffalo State goaltender Kevin Carr finished the night with 29 saves.
Plattsburgh State outshot Buffalo State, 31-24. The Cardinals went 0-for-4 on the power play while the Bengals were 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
The four-point weekend improves the Cardinals to 18-3-2 on the year and 11-1-2 in the SUNYAC. Plattsburgh State remains in first place with 24 points. The loss leaves Buffalo State in fourth place with 15 points as the Bengals drop to 9-9-4 overall and 6-4-3 in league play. Geneseo finishes the weekend in second place with 20 points while Oswego takes sole possession of third place with 17 points.
The Cardinals also wore special "Shamrock" jerseys for Saturday's contest. The jerseys were auctioned off at the conclusion of the game with all proceeds from the auction benefiting Hockey Coaches Care. Hockey Coaches Care is the official charitable foundation of the American Hockey Coaches Association. It was created by hockey coaches to assist members of the amateur hockey community in the United States.
With a break in the schedule, the Cardinals will have to wait until Friday, Feb. 21 to keep the momentum going as Plattsburgh State will open the final weekend of the regular season against Cortland. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Stafford Ice Arena.