Devil rally before dropping SUNYAC opener
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- Fredonia State rallied but fell short Friday against No. 2 ranked Plattsburgh.
The Blue Devils dropped the SUNYAC opener, 5-2, before 1,182 at the Stafford Arena. Two quick power-play goals early in third period cut the Plattsburgh lead to 3-2 before the Cardinals (2-0-0) tacked on two power-play goals of their own.
The loss dropped Fredonia State to 2-2-1 overall.
Plattsburgh took a 1-0 lead at 7:49 of the first period on a power-play goal by Riley Hill. The Blue Devils won the ensuing face-off but quickly lost possession of the puck. Joey Wilson upped the score to 2-0 Plattsburgh 14 seconds after Hill had scored.
The Blue Devils killed off two penalties in the second period, but let in a even-strength goal by Eric Satim as Plattsburgh took a 3-0 lead at the 13:10 mark. The Cardinals also killed off two penalties before taking two more minor penalties late in the period. The third period opened with the Blue Devils still on a 5-on-3 advantage, and they wasted no time.
Chris DeBruyn scored 28 seconds into the third period, from Alex Morton and Richard Boyce, and scored again 46 second later, at Matt McKeown converted the 5-on-4 from Pat Capella and Chris LaBella. The Blue Devils stayed on the attack. Over the next four minutes, they put six shots on Plattsburgh goaltender Bryan Hince - with Hince stopping them all. Then came a costly Fredonia State penalty - for too many men on the ice - and the Cardinals pounced on the chance.
Wilson scored his second goal of the game on the ensuing power play to make it 4-2 Plattsburgh. That's the way it stayed until. Phil Farrow's power-play goal - his team's third of the night -- completed the scoring with 36 seconds left in the game
Fredonia State goaltender Pat Street finished with 36 saves, all but 10 coming in the first two periods. Hince made 27 stops for the Cardinals.
The Blue Devils play Saturday at Potsdam (7 p.m.) before returning home for the home opener Nov. 7 vs. Oswego.