Men’s Hockey Earns First NCAA Top 10 Win in School History at Plattsburgh

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Plattsburgh, NY – The SUNY Canton men's hockey team earned a 4-3 win against No. 8 nationally-ranked Plattsburgh State on Saturday evening at Ronald B. Stafford Arena in Plattsburgh.

The win is the first against any NCAA nationally-ranked top 10 opponent in school history. The Cardinals are ranked eighth nationally in the United States College Hockey Online poll and 12th in the poll.

The Roos (1-0) jumped out to a quick lead silencing the Plattsburgh crowd as Tyler Bullard and Josh Sova executed a nice give-and-go. Stuart Fierheller started the break out at the far boards hitting Bullard in the neutral zone. Bullard found Sova to his left who played a pass back to Bullard on a 2-on-1. Bullard lifted a shot top shelf under the center of the crossbar for the lead just 38 seconds in.

Canton doubled its lead a minute later as Zach Pease picked off a pass in the high slot off a Plattsburgh miscue in their defensive zone. Pease found Joey Vocino in the low slot as he deked Plattsburgh goaltender Jimmy Poreda and flipped a shot over his blocker.

The Cardinals (0-1) got one back at the 13:14 mark of the opening period on the power play when Pat Egan skated across the blue line dropping off a pass for Antoine Fournier-Gosselin. He hit Cole Stallard with a beautiful cross-ice pass as he one-timed a shot near post past a diving Michael Cerasuolo. Plattsburgh held a slim 15-12 shots advantage but the Roos took a 2-1 lead into first intermission.  

The Roos regained a two-goal advantage when Josh Sova made a nifty move along the far boards to evade a Plattsburgh defender and slipped the puck between the five-hole of Poreda to score short-handed. Trenton Yule and Luke Hincenbergs earned helpers on the play at 5:22 of the second.

Plattsburgh responded just 34 seconds later, still on the power play, as Fournier-Gosselin ripped a shot top shelf past the glove side as Cerasuolo was shielded by a Cardinal player out in front. Cam Owens earned an assist on the play with 25 seconds left with the skater advantage. Despite the hosts holding a 33-20 edge in shots the Roos took a 3-2 lead following 40 minutes of play.

Canton added a crucial insurance score at 11:59 of the third period. Bullard moved the puck from right to left at the point to Vili-Jesper Koivula. Koivula played a quick pass to Sova waiting on the doorstep as he put a one-timer past Poreda.

The Cardinals pulled the goalie with 2:03 remaining and added a goal from Antoine Desnoyers with 15 seconds remaining but the Roos earned the 4-3 victory.
Cerasuolo had a monster game stopping 44 of the 47 shots he faced, while Poreda made 23 saves for Plattsburgh. The Cardinals went 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Roos were 1-for-6.
The men's hockey team returns to the ice next weekend for a home-and-home series with SUNY Potsdam. The Roos host the Bears on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Roos House on Alumni Night. The first 140 students in attendance will receive free Northmen Whiteout T-shirts.

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SUNY Canton is Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college's faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college's 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

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