---- — ASTON, Pa. — The Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team fell victim to a first-period deficit against Neumann University Saturday night.
However, the No. 1-ranked Cardinals (22-0-2, 14-0-1 ECAC West) kept their 24-game unbeaten streak alive by responding for five unanswered tallies in a 5-1 come-from-behind win on the road.
Angela Gilmour helped the Knights (9-14-1, 6-9-0) get on the board first at 15:03 of the first period with the assists credited to Lynsey Nakamura and Megan Russelo.
Plattsburgh, though, finished the opening stanza with a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal.
“Despite the one-goal difference, we played well in the first period,” Cardinals coach Kevin Houle said. “We outshot them substantially. Their goalie made some good saves, which gave them confidence, but we were getting a lot of chances.”
Allison Era recorded her 11th goal of the year, tying the game at 1-all with just 42 seconds gone in the middle period. The marker occurred on the man-advantage.
“We never panicked down 1-0, but played loose once we tied the game,” Houle said. “Our team was moving the puck and playing well at the point. We just kept grinding it out.”
Emma Rutherford and Chelsea VanGlahn extended the differential to two at 8:44 and 10:27, respectively.
Plattsburgh registered the all-important three-goal lead with 5:25 elapsed in the third period when senior captain Teal Gove notched her 20th of the season.
“After we got a three-goal lead, it took the wind out of Neumann’s sails,” Houle said. “They played hard, and I thought we got a little sloppy in the third.”
VanGlahn concluded the game’s scoring with her second of the contest at 12:22 of the third period, which solidified the victory.
Goaltender Sydney Aveson was credited with the win in net, stopping 18-of-19 shots faced. Her overall record improved to 18-0-2. Shannon Donnelly was tagged with the loss in a 29-save performance.
Plattsburgh finished 3-for-7 on the power play, while Neumann was 0-for-4.
With the win, the Cardinals clinched the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West Division regular season title and first-round bye in the conference playoffs.
“Obviously, we had a leg up on Elmira (College) with our two-game sweep, so I wasn’t nervous about it,” Houle said. “It was good to take care of business and clinch the regular season title.”
Plattsburgh State 5,
Neumann University 1
Plattsburgh 0 3 2 — 5
Neumann 1 0 0 — 1
First period- 1, NEU, Gilmour (Nakamura, Russelo), 15:03. Penalties: St-Laurent, NEU (tripping), 9:20. Parke, PSU (body checking), 13:03. Pryzbylkowski, NEU (body checking), 19:38.
Second period- 2, PSU, Era (Kistner, Gove), 0:42 (pp). 3, PSU, Rutherford (Era, Kistner), 8:44. 4, PSU, VanGlahn (Parke), 10:27 (pp). Penalties: Williams, NEU (tripping), 10:08. Stewart, PSU (body checking), 13:10. Gilligan, PSU (tripping), 15:42. Gilmour, NEU (high sticking), 18:25.
Third period- 5, PSU, Stewart (Gove, Balisy), 5:25 (pp). 6, PSU, VanGlahn (Parke, Gilligan), 12:22. Penalties: Parke, PSU (interference), 2:16. Williams, NEU (tripping), 4:27. St-Laurent, NEU (interference), 5:25. Era, PSU (cross-checking), 14:33. Brenning, NEU (interference), 14:33. Rutherford, PSU (high-sticking), 15:28. Gilmour, NEU (hooking), 15:28. Austin, NEU (cross-checking), 19:40.
Shots on goal:
Plattsburgh 14 11 9 — 34
Neumann 3 10 6 — 19
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Aveson, PSU (19-18). Donnelly, NEU (34-29).
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Plattsburgh 3-7; Neumann 0-4.