SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Plattsburgh State got just one shot on net in the first period Saturday, as Gustavus Adolphus controlled play.
But that one shot was all the Cardinals needed to take a lead.
They increased their advantage in the second and went on to a 4-0 win in the NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship third-place game at Wessman Arena.
“They came out flying, and we couldn’t get the puck out of our own end. And definitely we were lucky to come out with the lead, for sure,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said of the first period. “We had a pretty good goalie there.”
Elmira beat Middlebury 1-0 in the championship game.
The Cardinals had hoped to play in that contest but fell to Middlebury in Friday’s semifinals. They finished the season with just one loss.
“There’s no words to describe losing in the semifinal; I mean, we haven’t lost in a year,” junior Jenny Kistner said. “So it was hard to come back, but we talked during breakfast (Saturday) morning about how important it was to go out with a win (Saturday), and that made it a lot easier, to go out like that.”
The Golden Gusties owned the shots 12-1 in the first period, keeping up sustained pressure in Plattsburgh’s zone. But with about five minutes left, they took two penalties in a span of 39 seconds, giving the Cardinals (27-1-2) a 5-on-3 opportunity. Allison Era banged in the power-play goal to steal the momentum.
“Our plan was to come out quick and try to get a couple right away, and hopefully we could feed off that energy and have that carry us the rest of the game,” Gustavus Adolphus coach Mike CarrollI said. “And, you know, the scoreboard didn’t indicate it, but we did that. So I was proud of the way we showed up and got right at it.”