GENESEO, N.Y. – Plattsburgh State senior Brady Rouleau (Fort Macleod, Alberta/Quinnipiac) registered a 26-save shutout as the No. 15 Cardinal men's ice hockey team beat No. 6 SUNY Geneseo, 1-0, in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) action at the Ira S. Wilson Arena on Friday. Plattsburgh State, which is now unbeaten in 10 straight games, is 15-8-1 overall and 10-4-1 in the league, while Geneseo is 15-6-3 and 9-5-1. Both teams are ranked according to the latest D3hockey.com national poll.
With one regular-season game remaining, Plattsburgh State sits second in the SUNYAC standings. The Cardinals have two-point edges over both Geneseo and No. 13 Buffalo State College. Plattsburgh State, which split the regular-season series with both Geneseo and Buffalo State, plays the College at Brockport tomorrow. Geneseo hosts SUNY Potsdam and Buffalo State travels to No. 3 Oswego State. A Cardinal win ensures the second seed, a first-round bye and a home semifinal game next Saturday.
In addition to Rouleau's 26 stops, the Cardinals received a goal from junior Matt Quilty (Midland, Ontario/Caledonia Corvairs) with freshmen Charles Barber (Queensbury, N.Y./New York Bobcats) and Evan Lindquist (Amston, Conn./Ottawa Jr. Senators) assisting. Sophomore Ross Sloan (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Blades) was 11-of-20 on faceoffs and classmate Cam Owens (Wilmington, Mass./Islanders Hockey Club) won nine draws.
Plattsburgh State head coach Bob Emery logged his 596th career coaching win Friday. He needs only four victories to become the 12th men's ice hockey head coach across all divisions to reach the 600-win plateau.
Geneseo senior Jack Ceglarski and freshman Conlon Keenan both won eight faceoffs and senior Matt Leon made 22 saves in net.
The Cardinals and Knights went scoreless during a combined 12-shot opening period, with both sides killing off a penalty. Quilty, who potted the game-winning goal at No. 2 Oswego State on Feb. 4, redirected Barber's point shot at 12:36 of the second period to give the visitors a 1-0 edge. With just under three minutes to go in the stanza, crashing freshman Joe Drabin (Rochester, N.Y./Wenatchee Wild) had his low-slot shot gobbled up by Leon.
Plattsburgh State and Geneseo, which had traded shot advantages through the first two periods, saw the hosts own a 12-6 shot lead in the last stanza. Early in the period, Geneseo freshman defenseman Cam Russell ripped a low point shot that Rouleau kicked out but an ensuing Cardinal turnover led to sophomore Zach Lynes' quick wrister that Roulau swatted away. Leon was pulled with 1:27 remaining and the Knights managed three shots, but three Rouleau saves and sophomore Jakob Engvall's (Jonkoping, Sweden/Ogden Mustangs) blocked shot preserved the one-goal lead.
Plattsburgh State wraps up its regular season tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Brockport.