No. 1 Cortland Eascapes Close Battle at No. 18 Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. Junior Joe Slavik (Binghamton/Seton Catholic) scored a career-high seven points on three goals and four assists and senior goalie Mike Kaminski (Sayville) tied his career high with 16 saves to lead top-ranked Cortland to a 15-12 win at 18th-ranked Plattsburgh Saturday afternoon in the SUNYAC opener for both schools.

Sophomore Matt Rakoczy (Clifton Park/Albany Academy) led the Red Dragons (8-0, 1-0 SUNYAC) with four goals. Freshman Zach Hopps (Akwesasne/Massena) tallied two goals and three assists, and sophomore Patrick Brown (Camillus/West Genesee) scored a pair of goals. Sophomore Benjamin Dunlavey (Elmira/Corning East) recorded one goal and one assist, senior Brandon Mulholland (Levittown/MacArthur), sophomore Billy Davis (Manhasset) and freshman James Stavrakis (Hillsborough, NJ) each netted a goal, and junior Cody Consul (Webster/Webster Schroeder) contributed four assists.

Freshman Pat Baldwin (Alpharetta, GA) won 11 of 22 faceoffs for Cortland. Mulholland, Rakoczy and junior Brian Winterfeldt (Merrick/Calhoun) each registered three ground balls.

Joey Kramer led Plattsburgh (8-2, 0-1 SUNYAC) with four goals. Tim Lawrence scored three times, Tom Duggan had two goals, Brett McClelland and Nick Travers each tallied one goal and two assists and Brendan Damm scored once. Goalie Gordie Gehring made 12 saves, while Travers won 16 of 28 faceoffs and collected a game-high 12 ground balls.

Cortland opened up a 5-1 lead after the first quarter, but the Cardinals responded by outscoring the Red Dragons, 7-3, in the second quarter and the teams were tied 8-8 at the half. The teams traded four goals in the third quarter to send it to the final 15 minutes tied at 10-10.

Brown gave the Red Dragons an 11-10 lead with his first of the game at 13:22, but Travers won the ensuing faceoff and set up Kramer's fourth of the game just six seconds later to tie the score at 11-all. Cortland then took control of the game with a four-goal run as Consul and Hopps each recorded two assists and Slavik, Brown, Stavrakis and Mulholland each found the back of the net. Damm completed the scoring with 1:12 remaining for the 15-12 final.


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