- Plattsburgh had eight of its 11 freshmen in the lineup for Friday’s season opener against Morrisville, and the all-freshman line of Connor Gorman, Luke Baleshta and Kevin Emmerling started the game. Emmerling scored his first career goal, and Baleshta and Gorman each had an assist in the game. Fellow freshman Zach Popp also got into the scoring column with an assist.
- Sophomore Brandon Beadow also notched his first goal as a Cardinal, taking a pass from Popp on an odd-man rush and lifting the puck high. Beadow, a defenseman, dressed for 27 games last season and tallied three assists but no goals.
- Plattsburgh was 2-for-4 on the power play Friday. The Cardinals almost went the whole game without drawing a penalty — their first and only one was an interference call 17:51 into the third.
Mike Grace on Plattsburgh’s slow start: “I think the nerves kinda kicked in a little bit. I know for me, I struggled the first period. It took me a couple shifts to get on my feet. So it was better the second and third, for sure.”
Grace: “I think our conditioning really helped us out. I think we wore them down a lot after the first two periods. We could kind of tell. We kinda got outplayed the first 10 to 15 minutes of the first period. Then I think our conditioning kicked in, and we just wore them down.”
Bob Emery on Morrisville: “They’re going to beat a lot of teams this year. They play hard, and they had great leadership tonight.”
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