February 22, 2014

Aveson sets win record in Cards' victory

OSWEGO — A late goal in the second period proved to be enough for the No. 1 Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team in a 1-0 win over Oswego in an ECAC West game at the Campus Center Ice Arena Friday.

Despite outshooting the Lakers (16-7-1, 10-4-1) 18-6 through the first period, the Cardinals (22-1-1, 14-1-0) had nothing to show for it as both teams remained locked in a scoreless tie at the first intermission.

Oswego kept Plattsburgh at bay until the final minute of the second period when Chelsea VanGlahn broke up the tie.

“There were a lot of penalties, and we didn’t convert,” Cardinals coach Kevin Houle said. “We didn’t take advantage of opportunities in the first and second period. Fortunately, we were able to get one late in the second. But I still don’t think we played particularly well.”

With the Cardinals just coming off a power play, VanGlahn netted the game-winning goal with 28 seconds remaining in the middle frame to give Plattsburgh all it would need to secure the win. Giovanna Senese picked up an assist on VanGlahn’s 11th of the year.

“It was a good effort play,” Houle said. “Giovanna was able to kind of get it to the net in terms of hanging on to the puck, walking around the goalie and getting the puck on net. It was a great effort play by Senese and a nice finish by Chelsea.”

Both squads’ penalty kill units shined in the matchup. The Cardinals killed off five penalties, while the Lakers avoided damage on eight different occasions. Plattsburgh finished the night with a 35-18 advantage in shots on goals.

Cardinals’ goaltender Sydney Aveson earned her 12th shutout of the season to improve to 16-1-1 on the year. Oswego goaltender Bridget Smith made a career-high 34 saves in the loss for the Lakers.

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