MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Once the Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team took the lead in the third period Saturday, the Cardinals were relentless.
Plattsburgh scored five goals, two by Teal Gove, in the final 11 minutes of the contest and pulled away to an 8-3 victory over Amherst College in the opening round of the Panther/Cardinal Classic, hosted by Middlebury College.
In today’s second round of play, Amherst takes on Elmira College at 1 p.m., followed by Plattsburgh and Middlebury at 4 p.m.
In Saturday’s second game, the host Panthers scored late in the third period and then got one in overtime for a 4-3 victory over the Soaring Eagles.
The top-ranked Cardinals (6-0-1) and eighth-ranked Lord Jeffs (1-2-0) were tied at 3-all entering the third
But Emma Rutherford took a pass from Allison Era and put Plattsburgh ahead to stay at the 9:05 mark and Jenny Kistner’s goal 43 seconds later at 9:48 gave the Cardinals a 5-3 advantage.
Gove then took over and scored goals at 11:10 and 15:13, the first coming on the power play, to make it 7-3. Gove’s first goal allowed her to become the eighth player in program history to reach the 100-point mark.
The Cardinals closed out the scoring with 32 seconds remaining on Chelsea VanGlahn’s power-play goal.
“We came out and had a good second half of the third period,” said Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle. “We scored a beautiful goal to take the lead and then got a power-play goal. We were able to get on a roll and all five goals were nice ones.
“I guess when it rains, it pours. We were able to take advantage of our opportunities.”
A wild start to the game had the two teams combine for six goals in the first eight minutes of the contest.
Kenzie Menzak, Kistner and Era tallied for the Cardinals, who held leads of 2-0 and 3-1.