- After finishing his freshman season with five points — all assists — Plattsburgh State forward Michael Radisa is on pace to surpass that by far this season. He tallied a goal and a helper this weekend and now has four points in nine games.
- After scoring a goal this weekend, Alex Jensen leads the team with 12 points. Dillan Fox’s goal this weekend game him a team-high six, and he’s second with 10 points.
Louis Belisle, Middlebury
Michael Radisa, Plattsburgh
Brendan McGovern, Middlebury
Pat Dalbec, Wisconsin-Superior
Barry Roytman, Plattsburgh
Outstanding Rookie: Patrick Hermans, Plattsburgh
MVP: Mathieu Cadieux
Bob Emery: “We haven’t done a good job at all this year playing with a three-goal lead, and that was a continuation of that tonight. But you gotta be happy and positive about the win. I thought we did a good job keeping the lead, although I didn’t think we played to win. We played not to lose once we got the lead.”
Emery on Plattsburgh’s success when hosting the PrimeLink: “Our fans are great. I tell everyone all the time our fans are what keep me here. And they were back behind us tonight, and it’s an easy place to play, Plattsburgh State, when you’re the home team, for sure.”
Mathieu Cadieux on winning the prestigious tournament: “There were three really good teams (in) this tournament and we came out and played hard. We were lucky enough to win the tournament, so it goes to show we can play with anybody.”
Cadieux: “We’re going to enjoy this win tonight, and then starting tomorrow we’re going to be focusing on next weekend. Hopefully be able to bring our play from this weekend into next weekend.”
The line of Michael Cassidy, Michael Radisa and Alex Brenton was reunited for the first round of the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout, and it sparked Plattsburgh State’s offense early in a 4-1 win over Wisconsin-Superior.
Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said he doesn’t like to think of any line as the first line — he likes the team to be balanced — and there wasn’t a specific reason he went with the Cassidy-Radisa-Brenton combination first.
“I don’t know if that aided their confidence, but they sure played hard tonight,” Emery said. “And coaches are looking for guys that work hard, play smart and sacrifice, and I think we got all of that tonight.”
The three had played together toward the end of last season and for one game earlier this year. Cassidy tallied Friday’s first goal with an assist from Brenton, who scored the second one. Radisa earned an assist on the second goal.
“We just got back to what we did last year,” Brenton said. “We’re a solid line, and we like to get down low, play below the goal line, cycle the puck and work off that. And that’s what we got back to doing.”
- Plattsburgh and Middlebury will meet in the PrimeLink for the third straight year, but neither of the last two matchups were for the championship.
- The Cardinals have won the tournament three of the four previous times they’ve hosted it. They’ve never won it on the road.
- With Wisconsin-Superior’s first-round loss, teams from the West Region are now 0-11 in the PrimeLink.
Emery: “I told the team, the one thing that’s most gratifying is how we sacrificed to get that win. College hockey is about sacrifice and working hard. And I thought we sacrificed good and we had a lot of good blocked shots toward the end of the game.”
Emery: “I think playing Superior tonight really helped us get ready for the next three games, not just Middlebury. Superior, they really pressed us tonight, and they really challenged us a great deal.”
Brenton on Middlebury: “They’re a great team. They’re fast, they’re strong, they play a solid system. We’re going to have a lot of fun, and it’s going to be a battle.”
- Nick Jensen is on defense for Plattsburgh State this season, but that’s apparently not going to keep him from scoring goals — he tallied the first one of the 2013-14 season. The senior left the ice in the final minute of the 3-0 win over Potsdam after getting hit by a shot. He had ice on his right hand after the game but shrugged off the injury when asked about it.
- Mathieu Cadieux earned his 10th career shutout by making 14 saves, and he’s already halfway to his 2012-13 total of two shutouts.
- There were just two other SUNYAC games Friday, and one raised some eyebrows: Fredonia beat Oswego 3-2 in overtime at the Campus Center. Buffalo State held off Cortland 5-4 in the other opening-night contest.
Coach Bob Emery: “I give Potsdam a lot of credit. They played hard; they sacrificed hard. They played unbelievable defense, blocking a lot of shots.”
Jensen: “It was really nice to be back out there. We’ve all been anxious to get back out, so it’s exciting to have the first one under your belt.”
Jensen on his goal: “When you get to be on the power play you gotta shoot. Luckily enough, I got the puck. Alex (Jensen) had a great screen in front of the net and (Dillan) Fox set me up, so all I had to do is just pull the trigger.”
Emery on getting goals from two defensemen: “Yeah, it’s great to get goals from your defense, but where the heck are the forwards? We need them to score, too.”
Jensen: “We need to keep working on everything. We took care of business today against Potsdam, and I’m looking forward to next weekend. But we can’t look too far ahead.”