Cardinal Hockey Picked Second in SUNYAC Preseason Poll
FREDONIA, N.Y. (Oct. 20, 2010) -- The SUNY Plattsburgh men's hockey team has been predicted to finish second in the 2010-2011 State University of New York Athletic Conference race, according to Wednesday's balloting by nine of the league's head coaches. The Cardinals received 59 points, including three first-place votes, but were edged by defending SUNYAC champion Oswego, which had 62 and six.
The other rankings had Geneseo as third with 46 points; Fredonia as fourth with 45 points; Potsdam as fifth with 37 points; Morrisville as sixth with 30 points; Brockport as seventh with 30 points; Cortland as eighth with 13 points; and Buffalo State as ninth with 12 points.
Plattsburgh, which has won two of the last three SUNYAC titles, made its third consecutive trip and NCAA-record 18th overall appearance in the national tournament last March, falling to eventual Division III champion Norwich by a one-goal margin in the semifinals.
The Cardinals finished 19-6-4 overall and 13-2-1 in conference play, and return 21 players off that squad that earned an NCAA-record 11th Frozen Four berth. 2010's All-SUNYAC performers senior left wing Dylan Clarke, senior center Eric Satim, sophomore goaltender Ryan Williams and junior defenseman Mike Kavanagh will help guide the Cardinals.
Click on the following link for the SUNYAC release: http://www.sunyac.com/story/icehockey2010preseason.html.