PLATTSBURGH — Manhattanville College did something no other women’s hockey team was able to do at the Stafford Ice Arena in 10 months Saturday.
It scored a goal against top-ranked Plattsburgh State.
The Cardinals (11-0-1), however, pulled away from their 2-1 lead with two tallies inside the final 21 minutes and 37 seconds of play for a 4-1 nonconference win.
“Yeah, I thought it was a solid effort from start to finish,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said. “Obviously, we had some adversity. This year, we’re used to kind of building on that two-goal lead and stretching it to three and four and putting teams away.
“But it was nice to get that two-goal cushion heading into the third period, so you’re feeling pretty good. I just thought it was a solid effort against a good hockey team.”
The Cardinals opened the game’s scoring when Shannon Stewart collected a turnover at the blue line, skating in and beating Valiants (6-6-1) goaltender Dana DeMartino with a shot in front at 13:57.
After Bridget Balisy scored to extend Plattsburgh’s lead to 2-0, Manhattanville junior forward Alla Traun scooped up a loose puck in the low slot and banged one home 1:52 later.
It was the first goal the Cardinals had surrendered at their own barn since their 5-2 NCAA Quarterfinal defeat of St. Norbert College March 9, 2013.
Houle said his team went through a lull in the middle stanza.
“I thought (Manhattanville) did a pretty good job of keeping us in our own end at times,” Houle said. “I don’t think they created a lot of offense off of that, but we weren’t spending as much time in their end as I would like.
“I thought in the second period, we might’ve had some trouble in transition. I thought the second period; they did a good job of clogging up the middle and taking away space. That was their game plan, but I thought we moved the puck pretty well.”