Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Most folks who follow Division III Men’s Hockey will probably tell you that Plattsburgh State is the least likely to win the national title this weekend.
Well don’t tell that to the 27 young men who left for Lake Placid this afternoon. Not very many people gave the Cards much of a chance in 2001 either. Make no mistake; these guys will leave it all on the ice come Friday night. No matter what happens on the ice, we are proud of OUR TEAM. We’ve had a rollercoaster season, yet we are right where we want to be: LAKE PLACID. Is this a team of destiny? Only time will tell.
So as you make preparations for the weekend and the craziness that is championship weekend, ask yourself one thing:
Do you BELIEVE in MIRACLES?
See you all in Lake Placid!
I would like to thank Warren Middlemiss for helping me organize the Lake Placid Send-Off Rally on such short notice. Thanks to the fans that came out to support the team. Thanks to the guys for humoring us crazy fans.
Here are a few photos from the rally: CLICK HERE
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Not going to Oswego?
Why not check out the ECAC West Championship Weekend at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena.
Three of the Top 5 teams in Division III Women’s Hockey will be in action this weekend.
The schedule is as follows:
4PM – #1 Plattsburgh State vs. Utica College
7PM - #3 Elmira College vs. #4 RIT
3PM – Championship Game
Utica College is only one of three teams that have left a blemish on the Lady Cards record during the regular season (Amherst and Middlebury are the other two). Heading into the weekend Plattsburgh boasts a 22-1-2 overall record. One of the two ties came on January 9th at Utica College. After defeating the Pioneers 6-1 in the first game, the Cards had to settle for a 3-3 tie in game two. Utica had a 3-2 lead with under a minute to go in the contest and the Cards were in danger of dropping a game they had no right losing. Freshmen Teal Gove came up big for PSU and tied up the game at the 19:13 mark. We should note that Plattsburgh outshot Utica 52-22 in that contest. Jill Doherty played well in the nets for Utica and will need to have another big game if her team is to knock off the Cards.
Elmira vs. RIT. Should be a great game between these two teams. As a Plattsburgh fan, I hope the two teams kick the crap out of each other and the game goes into multiple overtimes.
The ECAC announced their annual awards. Make sure to check the press release on www.cardinalhockey.net/women.html. Congrats to Stephanie Moberg, Mandy Mackrell, Kara Buehler, Erika Shaubel, Megan DiJulio, Laurie Bowler, and Coach Houle on being honored by the ECAC.
Moberg for HURD.
Plattsburgh State has been blessed with some top notch talent over the years. Liz Gibson, Jenn Clarke, Danielle Blanchard are just some of the forwards that come to mind. You can now add Stephanie Moberg to that list. In the coming weeks, she will finish her career as a Cardinal. She has already won a national title and been named All-American. Today, she was named ECAC West Player of the Year and first team all-star. The only award left for Mo to win is the Laura Hurd. We will have to wait a couple of weeks to find out if she can become the 2nd Cardinal to claim this award.
See you at the rink...
PS. Found this photo today:
Friday, February 26, 2010
Men’s Team Regular Season 3 Stars:
1. Kyle Kudroch
2. Eric Satim
3. Cody Adams
Kyle Kudroch led the team in goal scoring and game winning goals during the regular season.
Eric Satim led the team in overall scoring for most of the season until being injured. In the 17 games he played in the regular season he had 23 points.
Cody Adams is my pick for the Cards top rookie this season. He has been rock on the Cardinal blue-line and is one of the top defensive defensemen in the SUNYAC if not the nation. He also has one of the best +/- ratings on the team.
1. Stephanie Moberg
2. Megan DiJulio
3. Mandy Mackrell
Stephanie Moberg has had yet another great season for Plattsburgh. The team’s leading scorer and one of the top offensive threats in division III women’s hockey. Could Moberg be the second Cardinal to win the Laura Hurd Award? I think so. I would be very surprised if she was not named the ECAC West POTY. Look for Moberg to have a big post-season for Plattsburgh.
Megan DiJulio had a breakout season Plattsburgh for Plattsburgh. She is like a MOOSE on skates. It is very hard to knock her off the puck and she s very DANGEROUS down low. DiJulio and Moberg offer Plattsburgh a great 1-2 punch up front that most teams at this level don’t have.
Mandy Mackrell has been nothing short of outstanding between the pipes for Plattsburgh. Her career statistics to this point leaves her ranked #1 in both goals against (1.03) and save percentage (.946) among PSU goaltenders who have played 25 or more games. During the regular season Mandy had a .940 save percentage and 1.25 goals against average. She also recorded five of the team’s seven shutouts during the regular season.
It is hard to believe that the Cardinal Hockey regular season has come and gone. The post-season is set to begin this Saturday night with the Cardinals hosting the Brockport State Golden Eagles.
Brockport enters the weekend with a 14-11-1 record overall and finished the SUNYAC regular season with a 7-8-1 record. In their two meetings with the Cardinals this season, Brockport fell by 4-1 and 7-1 scores. Plattsburgh holds a 68-1-2 all-time record vs. Brockport State.
Brockport Players to Watch: James Cody & Todd Sheridan
James Cody is the team’s leading scorer with a 13-14-27 line. Todd Sheridan enters the weekend with 11-10-1 record and an overall save percentage of .913 and 3.02 goals against average. In SUNYAC play he had a 6-8-1 record, .903 save percentage and 3.50 goals against. Last season, Sheridan was named All-SUNYAC 2nd Team Goaltender behind former Cardinal Bryan Hince. This year he was named to the 1st team. Sheridan has faced the Cardinals in 7 games in his career with Brockport. He has never recorded a win over Plattsburgh (0-5-1).
Keys to the game:
1. Play with Emotion. The Cardinals need to come out and dominate early. Let’s be honest here, this is a game they SHOULD win. If the Cards can at least match Brockport’s emotion level in this game, they will win.
2. Puck Possession. Coach Emery has said it before and it is worth repeating. The best defense is a good offense. It is hard for a team to score if they don’t have the puck and spend most of the game in their own zone. Plattsburgh needs to win the battles along the boards and keep the cycle going down low. They do this, and they will wear down the Brockport defense and create more scoring chances.
3. Crash the net. Plattsburgh needs to make life a living hell of Sheridan in the crease. Any hope Brockport has of winning this game lies on the shoulders of their 1st Team All-SUNYAC goaltender. If he sees the puck, he will stop it. Cards will need to crash the net and look for those garbage goals. Get a few quick ones past Sheridan and it is GAME OVER for Brockport.
Show your support this weekend by wearing RED and making some NOISE. As fans, we shouldn’t have to wait for the guys or coaches to single us to make some noise. Don’t make me leave the camera home and whip out the body paint.
See you at the rink!
PS. The Road to Lake Placid STARTS NOW. Are you ready?
Friday, February 12, 2010
The Lady Cards will be hosting Manhattanville College this weekend on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Sunday's game is being called: "Stuff Stafford More." There will be Chuck-A-Puck and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go to Camp Takumta, a special place in Vermont for area children affected by cancer can go have fun, heal, share and reclaim a childhood robbed by this disease.
There will also be prize giveaways, appearances by Burghy and the Ground Round Hound, a ceremonial puck drop...and more. The Lady Cardinals are also seeking to set a single-game record for attendance, bettering the mark of 1,736 set during the 2005-06 season.
So get out and support this great cause and the #1 team in all of division III women's hockey: your Plattsburgh State Cardinals!!!
All proceeds of this fundraiser will go to the Plattsburgh RedCross and their efforts in the earthquake devastated nation of Hati.
Please join Ryan in support of the great cause!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
CardinalHockey.Net Three Stars of the Week – 2/2 to 2/8
First Star: Phil Farrow
Phil scored twice including and added an assist in a 4-1 win over Morrisville State. Farrow’s goal in the third period gave the Cards a 2-1 lead and eventually proved to be the game winner.
Second Star: Josh Leis
Josh had a .944 save percentage and 1.87 goals-against average in two appearances this past week. He stopped 34 of 35 shots he faced in a 4-1 win over Morrisville. Josh was also named SUNYAC Goaltender of the Week for this week’s performance.
Third Star: Cody Adams
Cody was back in the line-up for the Cardinals against Morrisville and had an assist in the contest. Even injured Adams makes the Cards defense better. Defensemen don’t often get the accolades they deserve unless they are an offensive type player. Adams is a HUGE part of the Cards success on the blue line this season.