Press-Republican

January 29, 2013

PSU traveling in elite crowd


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---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State women remain one of only three teams unbeaten in college hockey this season.

The Cardinals are 18-0-1 and atop the U.S. College Hockey Online Division III poll for the eighth week in a row. Gustavus Adolphus out of Minnesota is 16-0-0 and right behind Plattsburgh in the D-3 chase.

The only other collegiate team with an unblemished record in hockey is Div. I power, the University of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are 26-0-0 and the top-ranked women’s team in the land.

Kevin Houle’s Cardinals can’t be concerned with the possibility of an undefeated season — not with the Middlebury College Panthers invading Stafford Arena on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. faceoff. The Panthers are 12-2-2 and currently ranked fifth in Div. III.

Plattsburgh and Middlebury met for the championship of the Cardinal/Panther Classic in December in Vermont with the Cardinals coming out on top 3-2. Plattsburgh let a 2-0 lead slip away in that one with Emma Rutherford’s goal at 11:50 of the third sending the Cardinals on to the victory.

Goaltender Sydney Aveson saved the Cardinals and earned most valuable player honors for the tournament. Middlebury held a 31-18 advantage in shots, but was oh-for-six on the power play.

Plattsburgh has not beaten Middlebury at home since Jan. 3, 2011 in the third-place game of the Pepsi/Cardinal Classic. The Cardinals won 5-0.

Last year, the two team met only once at Stafford and the Panthers pinned a 4-1 loss on Plattsburgh in the consolation of the Cardinal/Panther Classic. However, the Cardinals gained a tie (4-4) and a win (4-2) at Middlebury last season.

Wednesday’s game is the first of five consecutive road tests for Middlebury, who have two games left with Williams and also contests with Norwich and Elmira.

Plattsburgh State opens a three-game homestand Wednesday with two games this weekend against Utica College. The Cardinals then close out the campaign at SUNY Potsdam (Feb. 10) and Neumann University (Feb. 16-17).

Men on road this weekend

The Cardinal men, 13-5-1, are still ranked No. 9 in the USCHO poll. Plattsburgh faces a long trip west this weekend to Buffalo State and Fredonia before coming home to close it out with Geneseo, Brockport, Cortland and Oswego.

USCHO.com Division III Men’s Poll     

Jan. 28, 2013

Team (Votes)  Record Pt Last

1 Norwich (18) 16-2-0 296 1

2 Bowdoin (1) 16-1-1 258 3

3 Oswego 17-3-0 242 4

4 St. Norbert 16-4-1 226 2

5 Hobart 16-2-2 224 5

5 Wis-Eau Claire (1) 16-3-2 224 6

7 Adrian 16-1-2 176 7

8 Utica 16-3-0 170 8

9 Plattsburgh 13-5-1 142 9

10 Williams 11-4-2 100 12

11 Amherst 11-5-2 96 10

12 UMass-Boston 14-3-2 84 13

13 Manhattanville 11-7-1 26 11

14 Wis-Stevens Point 12-8-1 24 NR

15 Neumann 12-5-2 20 15

Others receiving votes: Babson 19, Geneseo 19, Castleton 18, Trinity 15, Milwaukee School of Engineering 11, Plymouth State 6, Wisconsin-Superior 2, St. Olaf 1, Wisconsin-Stout 1.

USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll   

 Jan. 28, 2013

Team (Votes) Record Pts Last

1 Plattsburgh (12) 18-0-1 147 1

2 Gustavus Adolphus (3) 16-0-0 133 2

3 Elmira 17-3-1 110 3

4 Norwich 14-2-3 109 3

5 Middlebury 12-2-2 95 5

6 Wis-River Falls 12-4-2 70 7

7 Bowdoin 14-2-2 65 6

8 Wis-Superior 11-6-1 26 9

9 Lake Forest 11-2-4 22 NR

10 Adrian 15-5-1 19 10

Others receiving votes: Manhattanville 13, St. Thomas 6, Amherst 4, Hamilton 3, Utica 2, Trinity 1.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll     

Jan. 28, 2013

Team (Votes) Record Pts Last

1 Minnesota (28) 18-4-4 975 1

2 Quinnipiac (22) 18-3-3 967 2

3 New Hampshire 15-6-2 871 4

4 Miami 15-6-5 835 6

5 Boston College 14-7-2 771 3

6 Western Michigan 16-6-4 723 9

7 North Dakota 13-8-5 633 5

8 Yale 12-5-3 605 8

9 Notre Dame 16-10-0 564 7

10 Denver 13-8-4 506 10

11 Boston University 13-9-1 479 11

12 St. Cloud State 15-10-1 446 16

13 UMass-Lowell 14-7-2 416 15

14 Nebraska-Omaha 15-9-2 406 13

15 Minnesota State 16-9-3 393 14

16 Dartmouth 11-7-2 302 12

17 Niagara 15-4-5 180 17

18 Union 13-8-4 151 19

19 Wisconsin 11-8-5 127 20

20 Alaska 12-8-4 69 NR

Others receiving votes: Ferris State 42, Colgate 19, Providence 11, Cornell 5, Holy Cross 2, Merrimack 1, Northern Michigan 1.

USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll

Jan. 28, 2013

Team (Votes) Record Pts Last

1 Minnesota (15) 26-0-0 150 1

2 Boston College 19-4-2 128 3

3 Harvard 17-2-1 110 2

4 Boston University 17-3-3 100 5

5 Cornell 16-4-0 99 4

6 Clarkson 20-6-0 78 7

7 Mercyhurst 19-4-1 68 6

8 Wisconsin 15-9-2 39 8

9 North Dakota 16-10-0 26 10

10 Minnesota-Duluth 13-8-3 22 NR

Others receiving votes: Northeastern 5.