PLATTSBURGH — The No. 1-ranked Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team successfully completed its weekend sweep of Neumann University with a 7-0 triumph at the Stafford Ice Arena Sunday.
Ali Vakos recorded two goals as the Cardinals (8-0, 5-0 ECAC West) kept their record unscathed.
“Again, I think we’re just really playing consistent hockey,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said. “We’re playing with a puck-control offense. That’s what we want to do. We want to control the flow of the game, play the game in their end and control the puck down low.
“Overall, it was just a consistent effort. We’re trying to play 60 minutes of hockey and that’s what we’ve been able to do all year long.”
The Cardinals finished 1-for-5 on the power play, but were able to generate a number of quality scoring opportunities with good puck movement. Plattsburgh has converted 27.3 percent of its one-player advantages this season.
“I think we were very good on the power play (Sunday),” Houle said. “Beyond that, we moved the puck extremely well with both groups.”
After managing a two-goal lead in the first period, Vakos extended the Cardinals’ advantage to 4-0 with back-to-back goals in the second period.
Vakos, who transferred from the University of Connecticut last season, totaled three points and was named the game’s first star.
“She’s playing real well for us,” Houle said. “She’s moving the puck real well on the power play. She can score, if given opportunities. It’s good to see her get a couple.”
Plattsburgh added three tallies in the third period. Bridget Balisy, Jordan Caldwell and Alyssa Parke gave the Cardinals a seven-goal cushion.
Giovanna Senese and Parke were named the game’s second and third stars, respectively.
Parke accumulated three goals and three assists over the weekend, good for six points in the two-game sweep of the Knights (1-6, 0-4 ECAC West).
“Parke was doing a nice job on the power play, finding some open spots 5-on-5 as well and getting pucks through,” Houle said. “Sometimes, that’s our problem from the blue line is getting pucks through.
“On that last goal, she did a nice job of moving to the middle of the ice to the open area. Jordan (Caldwell) found her. It was just a great shooting angle to have there. That’s what you have to do — you can’t sit in the same spot all the time where they think you’re going to be. She slid to the middle and was able to get a nice, clean shot on net and finish.”
Sydney Aveson stopped all 15 shots faced, grabbing her sixth shutout. A West Covina, Calif., native, Aveson is now one shutout from tying Carolyne Roy’s program record of 24.
Plattsburgh improved its scoreless streak to 540 minutes and 17 seconds, which dates back to March 15.
Next up, the Cardinals travel to Middlebury College and will challenge Amherst and second-ranked Middlebury in the annual Panther/Cardinal Classic Saturday and Sunday.
“We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing in terms of practice,” Houle said. “It’ll be the same. We’re going to do a little homework on Amherst and Middlebury in terms of power play and how they play. It will be a normal week of practice.”
Plattsburgh 7, Neumann 0
Neumann 0 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh 2 2 3 — 7
First period- 1, PSU, Senese (Parke), 16:35. 2, PSU, Duquette (Era), 17:46. Penalties: Caldwell, PSU (tripping), 9:20. Thon, NEU (hooking), 14:12.
Second period- 3, PSU, Vakos (Senese, VanGlahn), 0:35. 4, PSU, Vakos (Parke, Balisy), 6:23 (PP). Penalties: Gilmour, NEU (tripping), 1:10. Brenning, NEU (body checking), 5:45. Ziesmann, PSU (body checking), 8:57. Russelo, NEU (roughing), 10:49. King, NEU (hitting after the whistle), 12:34. Stewart, PSU (hitting after the whistle), 12:34. Parke, PSU (hooking), 13:19. Williams, NEU (tripping), 15:59.
Third period- 5, PSU, Balisy (Vakos, VanGlahn), 5:51. 6, PSU, Caldwell (Gilligan), 16:06. 7, PSU, Parke (Caldwell, Balisy), 16:39.
Shots on goal
Neumann 3 6 6 — 15
Plattsburgh 15 15 10 — 40
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Mayr, NEU, 40-33. Aveson, PSU, 15-15.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Neumann 0-3; Plattsburgh 1-5.
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