February 8, 2014

Cardinals held scoreless, fall to Elmira for first loss

ELMIRA — No. 3 Elmira College did something no other women’s hockey team has done to Plattsburgh State in 85 games.

It held the Cardinals scoreless.

Cassidy Delainey and Ashton Hogan each scored, while goaltender Lisa Marshall recorded 37 saves in a shutout performance, as the Soaring Eagles (16-3-1, 11-0-0) handed Plattsburgh its first regular-season loss since Feb. 8, 2012.

Delainey opened the game’s scoring with just 47 seconds remaining in the first period.

“That was certainly a big momentum swing for them,” Cardinals (17-1-1, 10-1-0) coach Kevin Houle said. “When you make mistakes in your own end, pucks end up in your net. They got a puck on net, had some rebound opportunities and got that first goal.”

Plattsburgh, however, kept applying pressure, managing a 23-21 advantage after the second period’s conclusion.

“It was a fairly even up-and-down game, but we weren’t getting bodies in front of their goalie,” Houle said. “They did a good job of getting in the shooting lanes. They wanted it a little bit more than us (Friday). They played hard and did a good job in their own end.

“I thought they played a solid game. Their game plan was to give us the outside and block shots. They executed that. We had a few quality looks, but weren’t able to finish.”

Hogan, who played for the Cardinals during her freshman season in 2011-2012, tallied an empty-net goal with 38 seconds remaining to solidify the victory.

Plattsburgh outshot Elmira 37-24 and finished 0-for-1 on the one-player advantage.

The Soaring Eagles took two penalties for four minutes, while the Jenny Kistner was sent to the box for the Cardinals’ lone penalty on a cross-checking call at 14:47 of the second period.

The two teams will play again at 3 p.m. today.

“This one has to hurt,” Houle said. “They do realize this is a huge game, and we have to bounce back. We have a second opportunity, and we have to be prepared to do the little things better. We need to want it a little more. That’s got to be everybody, not just three-quarters of the team.

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