Plattsburgh State Holds Off Middlebury, 3-2

Charlie Lawrence scored his first collegiate goal on Friday against Plattsburgh State. (Will Costello)
Charlie Lawrence scored his first collegiate goal on Friday against Plattsburgh State. (Will Costello)

Plattsburgh State scored the deciding goal midway through the second period as the Cardinals collected a 3-2 win over the Middlebury men's hockey team Friday in Kenyon Arena. The meeting was the 50th all-time matchup between the two storied programs, with Plattsburgh State holding a 25-21-4 lead. The Panthers (3-10-0) travel to 13th-ranked Norwich on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., while the Cardinals (8-7-0) head to Williams Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. faceoff.

The hosts got off to the early lead, scoring 5:08 into the contest. Charlie Lawrence put a shot on goal that was stopped by Cardinal goalie Lawson Fenton, but Vincent Gisonti shoveled the rebound into the net for a 1-0 Panther lead. Plattsburgh State needed only 51 seconds to answer, as Mike Falanga tapped in a rebound on a shot by Cole Stallard. The visitors led for the first time at the 13:23 mark on a goal by Andrew Pizzo, who redirected a centering pass by Rich McCartney. Middlebury forged a 2-2 tie with 1:45 remaining in the period, when Lawrence deflected in his first collegiate goal on a shot by Michael Fahie.

The hosts nearly regained the lead in the early stages of the second stanza when Eric Jeremiah pinched in from the point. Jeremiah redirected a pass from Gisonti on the right side of the crease, but Lawson denied the chance. Plattsburgh State jumped back in front on an unassisted goal by Pizzo with 8:07 on the clock. Pizzo intercepted a pass at the blue line and wristed a shot from the high slot that eluded Middlebury goalie Stephen Klein for his second score of the game.  

Klein made a big save on Connor Logan less than a minute into the final period, keeping the hosts within striking distance. The Panthers came close to getting the equalizer with 1:28 left in the game on a long stretch pass from Brendan Dawson that sprung Mitchell Allen on a partial breakaway. Allen's shot was turned aside by Fenton, as the guests skated off with the one-goal victory.

Klein registered 23 saves, moving into third place on the program's career list for saves. He currently has 1,764 in three-plus seasons. Larry Perlman (1972-74) is next on the list in second place with 2,022. Fenton finished with 26 saves as Middlebury held a 28-26 edge in shots. Both teams were scoreless on the power play with the Panthers getting two chances and the Cardinals four.