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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.  -- Different night, same result as Plattsburgh State hung on for a 3-2 win against Castleton in a non-conference game at the Stafford Ice Arena on Friday.

After topping Castleton last Saturday in the championship game of the Cardinal Classic, Plattsburgh (9-2-3, 6-1-1 SUNYAC) scored two goals in the third period to secure another one-goal win.

With 1:01 left in the opening stanza, Colin Murray edged a Cardinal defender and fired a shot from in close but Plattsburgh goaltender Mathieu Cadieux came up with a big save to preserve a scoreless first period. Cadieux finished the night with 24 saves and improved to 6-2-2.

Matt MacLeod’s shot from the right circle at 2:41 of the second found the back of the net to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Kyle Kudroch assisted on MacLeod’s fourth of the year.

Castleton (11-3-0, 7-1-0 ECAC East) answered at 14:58 when Murray poked one over Cadieux. Cody Ayers and Lindsey Gullett assisted on the Spartan goal.

Alex Jensen put Plattsburgh up by one with 5:43 gone in the third period. Alex Brenton was credited with an assist on the goal.

At the 10:26 mark, Brenton beat Castleton goalie Erick Cinotti with the eventual game-winner off a feed from Michael Cassidy to make it 3-1 Plattsburgh. 

The Spartans came within one at 14:39 on Justin Alonzo’s fifth of the year with assists to Ryan Frost and Tyler Atkins.

TOP 25 SCORES
No. 1 Norwich 9, Morrisville 0
No. 3 Plattsburgh State 3, No. 4 Castleton 2

Both teams had equal opportunities throughout the night as Castleton held a slight 26-25 edge in shots on goal. Cinotti turned away 22 of the 25 shots he faces in the loss for the Spartans.

Things turned ugly after the final buzzer as there was pushing and shoving from both sides. Castleton’s Nick Lazorko received a five-minute major for contact to the head in addition to a game misconduct. Plattsburgh’s Jared Docking was also assessed a 10-minute game misconduct for the altercation. The rest of the game was fairly clean as the Cardinals went 0-for-3 on the power play and the Spartans were 0-for-1.