Plattsburgh State scored three goals in the second period, as Middlebury fell to the visiting Cardinals 4-1 on Friday in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (7-7-0) return to NESCAC play next weekend, starting Friday with a 7:00 p.m. game at Bowdoin, while Plattsburgh State (6-8-1) is right back in action Saturday at Williams for a 3:00 p.m. faceoff.
The visitors nearly took the lead in the opening two minutes of the contest, but were thwarted by two big saves by Panthers goalie Adam Wisco. Wisco kicked out a shot from the point by Andrew Pizzo, before using his right pad to stop Mike Falanga on the rebound. The Cardinals grabbed a 1-0 lead, as Joe Drabin got the puck to Adam Tretowicz on the right side, who lifted a shot into the upper portion of the net with 6:49 expired.
Middlebury's best opportunity in the first period came with 3:30 remaining when Bret Pastor got a pass at the top of the crease that Plattsburgh State goalie Jimmy Poreda stopped. Pastor batted the rebound out of midair with the attempt going wide of the right post.
The visitors scored twice in a minute midway through the second stanza, with Mitchell Hale putting in a rebound to make it 2-0 with 9:52 on the clock. Exactly 60 seconds later, Falanga made a nice backhanded deke at the top of the crease for a three-goal cushion. Middlebury got the scoreboard with 6:05 remaining, as Zach Shapiro tallied on a breakaway for his team-leading sixth marker of the season. The Cardinals got the goal back just 12 seconds later when Drabin tipped in a shot from the point while on the power play.
Middlebury pressed early in the final frame, forcing Poreda to stop consecutive shots from Owen Powers, Antoine Belisle and Billy Dobensky in the opening minutes. The Cardinal goalie later denied Powers on a spin move from the right circle and Shapiro's follow-up bid. Powers was again turned away with five minutes remaining on a partial breakaway while shorthanded.
Wisco made 17 saves on 20 shots in 31:08 of action for the Panthers, while Jake Horoho collected eight in 28:52, while Poreda had 23 stops for the visitors.
Plattsburgh State tallied once on seven power-play opportunities, while Middlebury was scoreless on six chances.