NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Teal Gove saved the best for last as the Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team defeated Manhattanville College 2-1 in overtime at the East-West Showcase Saturday.
The Cardinals (1-0, 0-0) were able to hold a 2-0 advantage in shots during the extra session before Gove’s goal at 2:31.
“We always try to get three people down low and there was a scramble in front of the net following the initial shot,” said Plattsburgh State head coach Kevin Houle. “The puck squirted to (Gove) on the backdoor, allowing a quality chance in front. The net was open and she tapped it in.”
Jenny Kistner opened the game’s scoring at 10:31 of the second period on a two-on-one odd-man rush from Emma Rutherford, putting the Cardinals on top 1-0.
The game remained 1-0 until the Knights’ (0-1, 0-0) Katie Little capitalized on a power-play opportunity with 12-seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.
“That late penalty took the air out of the balloon, so to speak,” Houle said. “At that stage of the game you hope it was legitimate (call). We need to be more disciplined and stay out of the box. Four penalties in a game isn’t too bad, but it’s all about timing.”
Following a two-minute Rachael Morrison penalty for checking, the Cardinals were awarded a power-play chance in the overtime stanza.
Gove’s game-winner was the 48th goal of her four-year career.
Jenny Kistner finished the evening with one goal and one assist, good for the third star of the game.
“(Kistner) was probably the best player on the ice for us,” Houle said. “It was certainly her strongest game as a member of the team. She’s a fundamentally sound and a great asset.”
Sydney Aveson was credited with the win between the pipes for the Cardinals, fending off 14-of-15 shots on net.
Plattsburgh State will play national runner-up and host institution Norwich University today at 4 p.m.
Plattsburgh 2, Manhattanville 1 (OT)
Manhattanville 0 0 1 0 — 1
Plattsburgh 0 1 0 1 — 2
Second period- 1, PSU, Kistner (Rutherford), 10:31. Penalties: Noone, M, (cross-checking), 6:26. Bennett, PSU, (checking), 14:42. Morrison, M, (roughing), 14:42. Kistner, PSU, (slashing), 18:50.
Third period- 2, M, Little (Schill, Morrison), 19:48 (pp). Penalties: VanGlahn, PSU, (tripping), 15:10. Era, PSU, (elbowing), 19:41.
Overtime- 3, PSU, Gove (Kistner, Stewart), 2:31 (pp). Penalties: Morrison, M, (checking), 1:31.
Shots on goal:
Manhattanville 5 5 5 0 — 15
Plattsburgh 7 9 8 2 — 26
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Evans, M, 24-26. Aveson, PSU, 14-15.