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- Plattsburgh State’s 1-0 loss to Norwich Friday was the first time it was shut out this season. No one had held the Cardinals to fewer than two goals in their first 10 games.
- Kyle Thomas’s power-play goal in the second period was just the fourth power-play goal Plattsburgh has allowed. The Cardinals are 38-for-42 on the penalty kill. Plattsburgh’s power play went 0-for-5 Friday.
- Norwich finished the first semester at a perfect 10-0. It’s one of four unbeaten teams left in Division III. The others are: Adrian, Hobart and Bowdoin.
Kyle Thomas on not thinking his goal would be the only one: “You never think that. I mean, you’re out there every shift trying to get one. But it was nice to get the first one. You never know how many it’s going to take, so you just want to get that lead and keep playing how you were playing before.”
Thomas: “We definitely knew it was going to be a tough game coming into this one. And it meant a lot to go into the break right now on a big road win for the boys.”
Norwich coach Mike McShane: “I thought we checked very well throughout the whole game. Their real good forwards were stymied a little bit. And I thought our balance — we played four lines most of the night, and even our third and fourth lines seemed to create some offense, which was, I think, a great asset for us, especially on the road and in this rink.”
Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery: “I mean obviously Norwich is a good team, and you’ve gotta play your best to win. But I thought … both teams were trying to feel each other out for a long time. I don’t think it was a high-emotion game, which I thought it would be with both teams forechecking real hard.”
Emery: “We knew that they were really high on their goalie and had a great game against Castleton last week, so we knew they had a good chance to shut teams down.”
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