PLATTSBURGH — On a night where the top-ranked Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team honored its seniors, the underclassman stole the show.
Freshmen Jordan Lipson, Mel Ames and Katelyn Turk and sophomore Giovanna Senese each scored twice, helping the Cardinals (17-0-1, 10-0-0) to a 10-0 rout of Potsdam.
“It was nice to see those kids get on the board,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said. “Our freshmen have played well all year and really haven’t been rewarded with a lot of goals and points and that kind of thing, so it was nice to get some contributions from other players, for sure.”
The Cardinals managed to register five goals in both the first and second period. Along with Lipson, Ames, Turk and Senese, Bridget Balisy and Shannon Stewart also recorded tallies.
Plattsburgh had the upperhand in shots on goal after 40 minutes, leading that category by a 39-6 margin.
“We had talked about playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played and putting pressure on Potsdam, moving the puck well, playing well positionally and really taking the game to them right from the get-go,” Houle said. “There were some things that we worked on in practice after the Utica weekend, and I thought we did a real good job of executing that in the first period and throughout the game.”
The Cardinals surrendered just seven shots in all — their lowest number of shots allowed during their 2013-14 campaign.
“I don’t think we were (in our own zone) that often,” Houle said. “Like I’ve said before, sometimes our best defense is our offense as we play the game in the other team’s end.”
Plattsburgh finished 1-for-2 on the one-player advantage, while the Bears (9-7-3, 5-4-3) were held scoreless on one opportunity. The Cardinals’ penalty-kill unit has successfully killed off 64-of-65 chances this season.
Sydney Aveson stopped all seven shots faced to record her 11th shutout, marking the 28th of her career. Abby Tardelli and Alexane Rodrigue combined for 34 saves in Potsdam’s loss.
Plattsburgh will venture to No. 3 Elmira College in a pivotal ECAC West matchup Friday and Saturday. The last time the two teams met, the Cardinals handed the Soaring Eagles a 4-2 loss in the ECAC West championship game March 3, 2013.
“They know it’s Elmira week,” Houle said. “That’s plain and simple. We didn’t mention them all of last week and the first time we mentioned them is right there in the locker room. It’s Elmira week, and it’s time to get ready and be ready to go because it’s the biggest weekend of the year.”
Plattsburgh 10, Potsdam 0
Potsdam 0 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh 5 5 0 — 10
First period- 1, PSU, Lipson (Turk, Favretto), 7:14. 2, PSU, Balisy (Stewart), 10:33. 3, PSU, Lipson (Parke), 12:18. 4, PSU, Ames (Stewart, Gove), 15:25. 5, PSU, Turk (MacInnis, Stewart), 19:59. Penalties: Ott, POT (elbowing), 9:35. Vakos, PSU (roughing), 9:35.
Second period- 6, PSU, Turk (Favretto), 3:35. 7, PSU, Senese (VanGlahn), 5:50. 8, PSU, Senese (Parke, Vakos), 11:32 (PP). 9, PSU, Ames (Stewart, Gove), 16:50. 10, PSU, Stewart (Gove), 17:28. Penalties: Van Wagner, POT (body checking), 10:50.
Third period- Penalties: Marsman, POT (tripping), 0:47. Balisy, PSU (slashing), 5:28.
Shots on goal:
Potsdam 3 3 1 — 7
Plattsburgh 23 16 5 — 44
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Tardelli, 39-29, Rodrigue, 5-5, POT, 44-34. Aveson, PSU, 7-7.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Potsdam 0-1; Plattsburgh 1-2.
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