Plattsburgh wins 20th SUNYAC Championship

The Plattsburgh Cardinals are the 2010-11 SUNYAC champions, beating Fredonia, 4-1. Plattsburgh never allowed the Blue Devils a glimmer of hope for another playoff upset.
Plattsburgh outshot Fredonia in the first, 13-4, and the second, 12-6. Only in the third period, when Plattsburgh was preserving the lead and Fredonia was getting desperate, did the Blue Devils outshoot Plattsburgh, 11-10. Josh Leis made 20 saves for the win while Mark Friesen stopped 31 shots.
The game was put away in the latter part of the second period when Plattsburgh scored twice within 1:06 to open a 4-0 lead.
Ryan Farnan banged in a rebound at 14:14 after Kyle Taylor’s initial shot was saved. The final goal for the home team was perfectly executed. Cody Adams, from the right point, passed it to Barry Roytman on the left point. Roytman fired a slap shot which Dylan Clarke, while having a defender draped on his back, deflected from the slot just enough to elude Friesen.
Fredonia pulled their goalie with 2:09 left in the game to try and salvage something. They succeeded at breaking the shutout with 1:22 left. They brought the puck into the zone quickly down the left side before losing control of it. However, the loose puck wound up in the slot, where Ben Waldman quickly wristed a shot over Leis’ glove for the final score of the game.
Plattsburgh got things started with a power-play score at 15:15 of the first on an Eric Satim slap shot from the right side. Adams make it 2-0 with 18.7 seconds left in the period. From the top of the left circle, he one-timed a pass from Patrick Jobb.
Fredonia came out strong in the second period, but Plattsburgh’s two quick goals squashed any comeback hopes.
Leis was rightfully named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He said after the game on Primelink’s live videocast, “The team played great tonight and that’s what we needed to do to win. My team kept a lot of shots from the outside. Made it really easy for me.”
Three of Leis’ teammates joined him on the All Tournament team — Ryan Craig(F), Eric Satim(F), and Cody Adams(D). Two Fredonia players made it — Ben Waldman(F) and Steve Rizer(D).
Plattsburgh (20-7-1) gets the automatic qualifier into the NCAA tournament. If they play in the play-in round, they will most likely get to host a game. They await to see when and who they face.
Oswego is a lock for an at-large bid as well as a home playoff game next Saturday.
Fredonia’s season ends at 14-13-1.

77 COMMENTS

  1. another Championship for the Cardinals.. as an alum from 80-82 this standard is alive and well with the current program. Congrats to coach Emery, assistants, and all skaters in another NCAA tourney appearance…

  2. another Championship for the Cardinals.. as an alum from 80-82 this standard is alive and well with the current program. Congrats to coach Emery, assistants, and all skaters in another NCAA tourney appearance…

  3. For all the talk of how the teams from out West were so awesome, the East really put on a show this weekend. Certainly can’t blame “travel” as Yale went out west to beat both NoDak and Minny, and SCSU went east to beat Miami in Ohio. I think its just that these four teams were the better teams this weekend.

  4. Sorry if this is a double post. dont see my first one on board….Being a yale season ticket holder, i was stoked on sat. The thing that hit me was the “team” all for one. one for all mentality of the players on a school like Yale where you dont have the high profile blue chip players that may be considering “decisions about next year” Usually talent wins, but in this case it seemed like Yale has enough under rated blue chip talent and that the “team chemistry” played enough of a roll to be a big difference. You dont have many players leaving the “Ivy” Schools before graduation, albeit they usually aren t face with the option, but nonetheless it looked to me to have played a part in the outcome this past weekend……Enjoying the ride, hoping we can hang together for 2 more, 1 at time!

  5. Boy did I under estimate a lot of teams this year. Looks to be a great Frozen Four. Good luck to the very first time winner.

  6. I would like to hear your thoughts. Is this FF good for college hockey or bad? I heard one comment from a blogger say its a bad thing. I am excited, but wonder if it will help or hurt the overall national attention and expansion of college hockey. I think overall it is a good thing

    • Good question. I think it would be fantastic IF the hockey fans of Pittsburgh pack out the arena, showing support for hockey programs that don’t have the “history” and fan base of the traditional power teams such as MN, N Dakota, BC, Michigan, etc…
      I remember seeing Gopher/Souix fans packing out the Duluth-Michigan championship game a couple years back. Tampa even had a good showing last year. Hopefully Pittsburgh will do the same, despite the lack of the “traditional power teams.”

    • I think it is good. Too often are the elite 8-10 schools involved, BC, Minn, NoDak, Mich, MSU, BU, Denver. As much as I love BC winning 3 of the last 5, for the sport we need more teams winning. The huge conference shakeups will have an interesting affect I am waiting to see. the new NCHC looks nasty, but also places 3 or 4 teams that usually are on the big stage up to elimination before the tourney. Strength of schedule improves, much like ND in HE, but now teams that might make the tourney might get left out consistently.

  7. If you are unable to attend the frozen four this year (as I am), I found a great place you can donate your tickets.
    http://www.ticketsforkids.org/iMIS15/tfklive
    is an organization that will distribute your tickets to underpriveledged kids in the Pittsburgh area. I found out about them through the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and they also work with the Consol Center. Please consider this as an option.

  8. I won’t make any excuses for the Dutchmen, I’ll let one of their players make it (although I DID think about this subject): “”I think it was a little bit tough,” said Union sophomore left wing Daniel Ciampini, who scored his team’s only goal in the third period. “We got to bed late (Saturday) and I mean, we can’t make excuses now, but I think that was a huge thing for us. We started very sluggish, a little bit slow. The puck wasn’t bouncing our way, that’s for sure.”
    Who starts games at 9:20?
    No reason the games in Providence couldn’t have started much earlier.

    • I 100% agree those games should never have been sched’d so late.
      But… that still is not an excuse.
      Just a (loosely) related, funny story… I remember Kent Hrbek saying he had a hard time sleeping the night before the 7th game of the 1987 World Series. So he got up at 4:30am and went duck hunting.

    • I don’t think there’s any reason to avoid pointing out those kind of factors. Just like 1 bad call doesn’t cost a team a game, it would be pure ignorance to deny things like that can play a factor. If you cross the line and whine about a loss, that’s where you lose me.
      Maybe Yale beat MN and ND because Yale is accusomted to playing games in empty arenas :)

  9. Hey all… we can keep debating which team is the “best” and who would win in a multi-game series and had the most talent and all that.
    But I hope we’re not debating whether any teams deserve to be in a regional final, FF, or championship game.
    Every team that moved on from the first round deserved to move on by simple fact of winning.

  10. sooo at least Toledo was 3/4 empty. So when are we going to start having these games at school arenas and quit embarrassing ourselves with these empty arenas on TV.

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