January 21, 2013

Cardinals hold off No. 3 Soaring Eagles


Following an Elmira penalty for too many players on the ice, the Cardinals were awarded their second power-play opportunity of the contest. Allison Era found Teal Gove on a one-time feed at the bottom of the near-side circle, and Gove blasted her third game-winning goal on the season at the 17:40 mark.

“I think the goalie was expecting that puck to go across the crease,” Houle said. “They’re a passive a team on the kill. They just kind of sink everybody back and take away that low play. That’s kind of what we look to do. (Gove) just one-timed it, and the goalie was moving across the net and opened up her pads for the puck to go five-hole.”

Plattsburgh was forced to try to survive a Soaring Eagles 5-on-3 power play for one minute, 29 seconds with 11:08 remaining in the third period. But the Cardinals allowed just one shot from the perimeter.

Sydney Aveson fended off 18 of 22 shots faced for her 13th win of the season, while Lisa Marshall was tagged with the loss.

Both teams finished 1-for-5 on the power play.

The Soaring Eagles lead the Cardinals by two points in the ECAC West standings, but Plattsburgh has seven conference games remaining on its schedule, while Elmira has four.

“Obviously, we have a pretty good leg up right now,” Houle said. “We have some tough games ahead of us, though. We’ve got to take care of business, but we’re in the driver’s seat to control our own destiny.”

Plattsburgh State 5, Elmira College 4

Elmira 1 3 0 — 4

Plattsburgh 4 1 0 — 5

First period- 1, PSU, Rutherford (Kistner, Era), 1:04. 2, PSU, Stewart (Ziesmann), 5:41. 3, EC, Lamoureux (Nystrom), 7:40 (pp). 4, PSU, Stewart, 9:34. 5, PSU, MacInnis (Gove), 9:55. Penalties: Balisy, PSU (interference), 6:48. Gaskin, EC (cross-checking), 10:40. Kistner, PSU (interference), 11:12.

Second period- 6, EC, Hogan (Curk), 0:44. 7, EC, Hogan (Metcalf), 2:56. 8, EC, Ryan (Johnston, Nystrom), 14:36. 9, PSU, Gove (Era, Gilligan), 17:40 (pp). Penalties: Hudgins, EC (too many players), 15:58.

Third period- Penalties: Piku, EC (cross-checking), 6:03. Favretto, PSU (holding), 8:21. Balisy, PSU (boarding), 8:52. Wilgosh, EC (tripping), 16:43. Johnston, EC (cross-checking), 19:56.

Shots on goal:

Elmira 7 9 6 — 22

Plattsburgh 13 5 9 — 27

Goaltenders (shots-saves): Marshall, EC, 27-22. Aveson, PSU, 22-18.

Power plays (goals-opportunities): Elmira 1-5; Plattsburgh 1-5.

Attendance: 374.

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