NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Kreitzberg Arena has not always been kind to nationally-ranked No. 3 Plattsburgh State but Tuesday night proved to be a different story as the Cardinals skated to a 4-2 win against No. 5 Norwich in a non-conference matchup.
Freshman forward Kyle Hall gave the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead, jabbing at Kevin Emmerling's rebound and getting the puck to trickle into the net at the 1:21 mark for his fourth of the year.
The Cardinals were whistled for back-to-back penalties late in the first period, giving the Cadets a 5-on-3 power play. Norwich's Shane Gorman took advantage of the two-man advantage, tying it up at 14:14 with his seventh of the season from Ryan Whitell and Travis Janke.
Plattsburgh State quickly regained the lead on a power play of its own at the 16:51 mark when Mark Constantine reigned in a shot by Nick Jensen that bounced off the back boards and lifted a shot from low in the left circle over Norwich goaltender Matic Marinsek to make it 2-1 in favor of the Cardinals.
Despite Norwich holding a territorial advantage in the beginning of the second, the Cardinals extended the lead to 3-1 when Ryan Farnan made a nice pass up to Zach Popp, who buried one off the backhand for his first of the year at the 7:38 mark.
Popp's goal marked the end of the Marinsek's night as Cadets' head coach Mike McShane replaced his starter with Parker Carroll. Marinsek allowed three goals and made six saves, dropping to 8-2-2 on the year. Carroll finished his outing with 10 saves.
The Cardinals took a three-goal lead at 12:22 of the second when Alex Brenton took a feed from Barry Roytman and fired a shot over the glove side of Carroll to make it a 4-1 game at the end of two periods.
Norwich got one back in the third period when Janke took a loose puck in the crease and tucked in inside the post but that was as close as the Cadets would get.
No. 10 Oswego State 9, Salve Regina 3
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Oswego State took down visiting Salve Regina 9-3 on Tuesday night in the Campus Center Ice Arena. Oswego's win improves its season mark to 10-2-2 on the season while the Seahawks fall to 6-8-0.
In the first period, the Lakers struck first, with Chris Raguseo notching an unassisted goal at 7:51. Later in the period, however, Salve Regina would knot the score with 3:55 left. The Seahawks took advantage of an Oswego penalty, with Jonathan Felteau evening the game at 1-1 on a power play.
Oswego would not allow the game to head to intermission in a tie, using a fast and furious flurry of goals over the final four minutes of the first. Alex Botten started the quick run with a goal at 17:08 off assists from Kenny Neil and Mike Wills.
Oswego was able to put the game out of reach in the third, with Neil nabbing his second point of the night, this time on an unassisted goal just 30 seconds into the period. Neil was not finished, helping on the Lakers fourth goal, a Matt Galati goal at 7:25 to give Oswego a 7-3 advantage. Also in on the score was Alex Botten, adding an assist to his goal from earlier in the evening.