Cards take defensive battle from Bears men's hockey team, 1-0
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 7:10 am

PLATTSBURGH — A power-play goal was the difference in Plattsburgh State's (11-10, 5-7 SUNYAC) 1-0 win over the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (8-9-4, 4-7-1) on Saturday night. Bears senior goalie Brendan McMenimen (Merrimack, Mass./Islanders Hockey Club) was great between the pipes with 32 saves, but counterpart Jimmy Poreda topped his performance with 40 stops for the shutout.

The Cardinals peppered McMenimen with 21 shots in the opening period, but the reigning SUNYAC Goalie of the Week handled each one. Poreda finished with nine stops as the contest entered the first intermission scoreless.

The second period saw three power plays for each team and Plattsburgh struck on its second opportunity. At the 4:56 mark, Rich McCartney scored the game's lone goal. Potsdam closed out the period with back-to-back power plays, finishing with a 13-8 advantage in shots, but trailed 1-0.

The third period was the reverse of the first. The Bears repeatedly tested Poreda, but still couldn't break through. Potsdam fired 18 shots on the Cardinals goaltender and allowed just four. McMenimen was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:01 remaining, but Potsdam couldn't get even.

The Bears were 0-for-4 on the power play and Plattsburgh was 1-for-3.

The loss drops Potsdam to seventh place in the closely contested SUNYAC. The Bears are just two points out of fourth place.

Potsdam hosts Fredonia on Friday at 7 p.m. and Buffalo State the next night at the same time in two critical conference contests. The Bears beat Fredonia 4-2 on Dec. 1 and lost at Buffalo State 5-0 the following night.