November 24, 2013

Cards net three in second, skate past Neumann

PLATTSBURGH — Behind three second-period goals, the No. 1 Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team continued to roll Saturday. 

The Cardinals (7-0, 4-0 ECAC West) received tallies from Giovanna Senese, Tyne Gove and Alyssa Parke during a span of six minutes and 22 seconds in a 5-0 blanking of Neumann University.

“I mean, I just thought we played hard,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said. “Yeah, they were physical, but we’re going to continue to play our game. They came at us at times, and I thought we did a nice job of moving the puck out of our end.

“I thought they did a good job in the first period of kind of clogging the neutral zone. We had 20 shots in that period, but many of them came on the power play. I thought we got better as the game went on.”

Facing a one-goal deficit, the Knights (1-5, 0-3 ECAC West) were able to manage a 4-2 advantage in shots through the first seven minutes of the second period.

But before they could generate any momentum, Senese backhanded a rebound chance outside the crease, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead at 12:47.

“We spent a lot of time in their zone, and we finally got some shots through to the net … get some ugly goals,” Houle said. “Giovanna Senese works so hard every single game. I thought it was great to see her get that rebound goal. Those are the kind of goals that you’re going to need to get in these games when teams pack it in against you.”

Gove, a junior transfer from Norwich University and sister of former Plattsburgh All-American Teal Gove, extended the Cardinals’ lead to three with a wrist shot from the slot area.

After playing five games, it was her first career goal with the program.

“The only pressure that I’m sure she was putting was on herself,” Houle said. “It was good for her to score and get off the schnide, so to speak. She’s played well, so it was good to see her get on the board.”

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