Oneonta State vs. Plattsburgh
April 27, 2005
The Game Story:
Sophomore Neal Campbell (Merrick, NY/Mepham) scored a collegiate
career-high five goals this afternoon to lead the host Red Dragons to an
18-7 win against visiting Plattsburgh in SUNYAC action. With the win
today Oneonta (8-6/3-2) secured a spot in the SUNYAC tournament that
begins next Wednesday with the semifinals. The loss for Plattsburgh
(6-5/2-3) knocks them out of contention for the final playoff spot by
virtue of its loss to Potsdam earlier this season.
The two teams played a tight first quarter at a slowdown tempo
with the hosts having a 3-1 lead after the opening stanza. Plattsburgh
opened the scoring just 59 seconds in on an unassisted goal by junior
Bill Schmitt (Garrison, NY/Lakeland Panas). Oneonta answered with three
straight goals including two by Campbell for its two-goal advantage at
the end of the first period.
The hosts took advantage of Plattsburgh's inability to
successfully clear the ball in the second quarter and put up six goals
to the Cardinal's two tallies. After a goal by senior Ryan Henry (West
Babylon, NY/West Babylon) made it 4-1 Oneonta, Plattsburgh notched two
straight to cut the lead to 4-3. The Red Dragons closed the period with
five unanswered goals including three in the final 2:38 to take a 9-3
lead into halftime.
Plattsburgh scored the first two goals of the third period to
cut Oneonta's lead to four goals at 9-5. Senior Kenny Pierson
(Brewster, NY/Brewster) scored a man-up goal at 14:01 with an assist
from senior Jordan Thompson (Hogansburg, NY/Proctor Academy). Thompson
then set up junior Zack Boyce (Rochester, NY/Pittsford) at 12:41 on the
next goal for Plattsburgh.
Oneonta countered with four straight goals including two goals
by senior Chad Wagoner (Chittenango, NY/Chittenango) that came just 29
seconds apart to increase its lead 13-5 at the end of third period.
Oneonta finished the game outscoring Plattsburgh 5-2 in the
fourth period for the final margin of victory. Freshman goalie Kyle
Reich (New Hyde Park, NY/Great Neck South) made four saves in earning
his fourth win of the season.
Oneonta will close out the regular season at home this Saturday
against Geneseo in a game that will be for second place in the
conference and a home game for the semifinals next Wednesday. Geneseo
lost to Cortland today, which makes them 4-1 in the SUNYAC while Oneonta
is 3-2 in conference play. If Oneonta wins Saturday, they would win the
head-to-head tie-breaker to earn the second seed.