Shannon Stewart tallied the eventual game-winning goal and her fourth of the year just 1:56 later by banging home a rebound chance in front.
Then, Melissa McIver concluded the period’s scoring barrage by beating a Polar Bears defender around the edge, switching from backhand to forehand and wristing the puck top-shelf, extending the lead to three.
“Coach (Houle) always talks about utilizing our speed and that was key on my goal,” McIver said. “I carried a lot of momentum on the rush and circled in front. Fortunately, I regained possession just outside the crease and put (the puck) in.”
Following a Bowdoin marker from Jay Greene on a blast from the point, Allison Parke put the icing on the cake at 8:04 of the third period, netting a power play goal. Andrea Ziesmann found Parke on a one-time feed and the Lynbrook native ripped the shot top-shelf.
A majority of Plattsburgh State’s scoring chances came on odd-man rush chances and smooth transition play throughout.
“With the way (Bowdoin) played, getting the puck in the neutral zone and getting it to their center coming through, I was hoping we would get some (odd-man rush) opportunities,” Houle said. “We were happy with the transition game, for sure.”
It’s likely the Cardinals will collect the No. 1 ranking in Monday’s upcoming United State College Hockey Online (USCHO) poll. Previously undefeated Norwich dropped a 4-3 overtime setback to St. Anselm Saturday, halting a 44-game ECAC East unbeaten streak.
Plattsburgh State now travels to Chip Kenyon Arena on the campus of Middlebury College for the annual Cardinal-Panther Classic. The Cardinals take on No. 6 Amherst Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. and longtime rival Middlebury a week from today.¬
“This upcoming week of practice is going to be big,” Houle said. “(Amherst) is a good team year in and year out and will probably play a similar style to what we saw (Saturday) in terms of speed and aggressiveness. This game was a good tune up (for next weekend).”