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February 23, 2014

Cardinals close out regular season with shutout

OSWEGO — Plattsburgh State women’s hockey coach Kevin Houle wouldn’t have minded to see a couple more of the Cardinals’ shots find the back of the net over the weekend.

But Houle can certainly be pleased with Plattsburgh recording back-to-back shutouts.

The Cardinals, despite having another huge edge in shots on goal, closed out their regular season Saturday by skating to a 2-0 victory at Oswego in ECAC West play at the Campus Center Ice Arena.

All goal scoring was done in the first period.

Giovanna Senese gave Plattsburgh the lead for good at the 12:12 mark, with assists going to Ali Vakos and Chelsea VanGlahn. It was the 13th goal of the season for Senese.

Then just over six minutes later, at 18:51, VanGlahn’s 12th goal of the campaign, with Senese and Caitlin Gilligan assisting, gave the Cardinals some insurance.

Houle witnessed a better performance Saturday.

“We really carried the play from start to finish,” Houle said. “It would have been nice to have more than a two-goal cushion. But it was a much better performance than (Friday’s) game, for sure.

“Definitely, our goal was to come out and have a lead after the first period — more importantly, to play well. We were able to set things up for the rest of the game. Certainly, it wasn’t over at that point in time, but we were able to sustain pressure and limit their opportunities in our own end.”

On Friday, the No. 1-ranked Cardinals (23-1-1, 15-1) recorded a 1-0 victory over the Lakers (16-8-1, 10-5-1).

Plattsburgh outshot Oswego, 35-18, Friday and followed that up with a 41-14 edge Saturday.

Sydney Aveson stopped all 32 shots that came her way over the weekend to earn her 12th and 13th shutouts of the season.

“Aveson played well,” Houle said. “She made the saves when she had to. She was called on more (Friday), for sure. That’s when we needed her more.”

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