PLATTSBURGH — For the fourth time in six games, the Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team failed to garner a goal in the opening period of play.
But a stronger, offensive-minded three-goal surge in the middle stanza proved to be the difference in a 4-1 Cardinals (5-0-1, 3-0) victory over Bowdoin Saturday.
“After the first period, if you told me that we would’ve won that game 4-1, I’m not sure I’d believe you,” Plattsburgh State head coach Kevin Houle said. “I don’t think we played particularly well in the first (period) and were a little out of sorts. Even though we had some quality chances, we gave up some quality opportunities and really, I thought we were playing on our heels.
“But we came out and played a lot better, controlling the play. We had some good opportunities in transition and we were able to finish on a couple. We gave up less in the second and certainly took advantage of some really good chances.”
Allison Era, who was moved from defensemen to forward with an injured Jenny Kistner out of the lineup, opened the game’s scoring at 1:06. Era executed a toe drag at the top of the faceoff dot and lifted the puck over the blocker of Polar Bears’ (0-1, 0-0) goaltender Tara Connolly.
“I was originally recruited out of junior hockey as a forward, so I was comfortable centering that line (Saturday),” Era said. “I was able get past the defender with a finesse move and get a shot off. It was huge goal in the game because after that one went in, our team got on a roll.”
“We needed (Era) up front, someone who could play center and she’s capable of fulfilling that role,” Houle said. “Our defense did a good job playing without her.”