---- — NORTHFIELD, Vt. — The No. 2 Plattsburgh State women won the East/West Hockey Classic championship after defeating No. 9 Manhattanville 1-0 en route to a 2-0 opening weekend Sunday.
After recording one goal Saturday, Jenny Kistner put an exclamation point on her weekend by scoring the Cardinals’ lone tally at 6:54 of the first period. The assist, which was credited to Bridget Balisy, proved to be all the offense Plattsburgh would need to secure its victory.
“It was a real nice play and a great finish by Jenny,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said. “It was a good start for us. We took the play to them throughout the game, though. We just weren’t able to crack the goalie.
“The game was tighter than it should have been, but it was good to be able to win a close game. To win the game like we did after a six-goal win (Saturday) is certainly a positive.”
The Cardinals (2-0-0) outshot the Valiants (0-1-1) by a 30-14 margin. The power play units of both squads were quiet as Plattsburgh went 0-for-2, while Manhattanville went 0-for-4.
“Once again, we did a great job on the kill,” Houle said. “We want to stay out of the box, though. We were on the short end of the power play in each of the two games this weekend. We were tested and killed off a huge 5-on-3 early, so that made a difference.”
Sydney Aveson picked up her second shutout with 14 stops. Manhattanville goaltender Kirsten Shaughnessy made 29 saves in the one-goal loss.
“Their goalie played well,” Houle said. “She did a great job and made some big saves. I give them credit. They played well in front of her, but we carried the play. We would have liked more of a cushion, but we need to learn how to close out games and we did.”
In the second game of the afternoon, No. 5 Norwich University (1-1-0) held on for a 3-2 victory over No. 1 Elmira College (0-1-1).
With two goals and two assists on the weekend, Balisy was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Aveson and Allison Era represented the Cardinals on the All-Tournament Team, which also included Shaughnessy, Brittany Sharman and Tori Charron of Norwich and Cassidy Delainey of Elmira.
Plattsburgh will have little time to enjoy the successful weekend as the Cardinals travel to Potsdam for their Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West opener Tuesday. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Maxcy Ice Arena.
“These girls like to play,” Houle said. “If they weren’t playing, they’d be practicing. It’s a little bit easier to get up (for Potsdam) after big back-to-back wins.”
Plattsburgh 1, Manhattanville 0
Manhattanville 0 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh 1 0 0 — 1
First period- 1, PSU, Kistner (Balisy), 6:54. Penalties: Beauvais, MAN (body checking), 10:19. Kistner, PSU (interference), 15:38. VanGlahn, PSU (hooking), 16:36.
Second period- Penalties: Traun, PSU (body checking), 10:04.
Third period- Penalties: Balisy, PSU (interference), 6:15. Kistner, PSU (tripping), 14:41.
Manhattanville 4 5 5 — 14
Plattsburgh 10 12 8 — 30
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Aveson, PSU, 14-14. Shaughnessy, MAN, 30-29.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Manhattanville 0-4; Plattsburgh 0-2.