“That was key because they’re trying to play around their goalie and keep you to the outside. If we don’t get those rebounds, it’s a different story.”
The third period belonged to Gove.
The senior captain banged home a one-time feed from Jenny Kistner at 8:50 before an attempted pass inadvertently banked off the blade of a skate and into the net at 15:03.
During a Knights 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period, coach Casey Handrahan elected to pull Donnelly for an extra attacker, but to their dismay were unsuccessful on registering a goal.
“We’ve killed off a lot of 5-on-3s this year, but we don’t take a lot of penalties,” Houle said. “I was frustrated, but we have to make sure that we don’t put ourselves in a position to take those penalties.
“I thought we did a great job with the kill. Sydney Aveson made some great saves (Saturday), too.”
Aveson collected her eighth shutout of the season, fending off all 22 shots faced, while improving her record to 20-0-2 on the year.
In addition to Gove’s hat trick, Parke contributed three assists.
Plattsburgh finished the night with a 54-22 advantage in shots on goal, while earning one power-play goal on five chances. Neumann was 0-for-6 on the man advantage.
The Cardinals will try for their first ECAC West tournament championship since 2007 today against Elmira College, a 5-0 winner over Utica College, at 3 p.m.
Tickets prices are $5 for adults and $3 for college students with a valid ID. The Plattsburgh athletic department will be providing free tickets to the first 300 students each day who present a current student ID.
All tickets will be available at 1:30 p.m. at the Field House Box Office.
Plattsburgh State 5,
Neumann University 0
Neumann 0 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh 1 2 2 — 5
First period- 1, PSU, Vakos (Parke, Gilligan), 18:40. Penalties: Spatola, NEU (interference), 1:03. MacInnis, PSU (cross-checking), 6:05.