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February 1, 2014

Plattsburgh State women's hockey hosts Potsdam

PLATTSBURGH — The No. 1-ranked Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team will challenge its Route 11 rival when it hosts Potsdam at 7 p.m. today.

It marks the Cardinals’ (16-0-1, 9-0-0) final game before facing No. 3 Elmira College in a pivotal ECAC West matchup on the road next weekend.

“I hope we’re all focused on Potsdam,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said. “Every team has the ability to beat us, and we have to be prepared. Potsdam is all we’ve talked about all week. I hope the girls are focused and ready to play.”

The Cardinals are coming off a two-game sweep of then No. 10 Utica College, including an 8-0 drubbing Jan. 24. Sydney Aveson highlighted the weekend, collecting her 27th-career shutout, which is more than any other NCAA Division III men’s or women’s goaltender.

“I was more surprised at the 8-0 score than 2-0,” Houle said. “I hope we learned a lot from those games. On Saturday, it could’ve gone a different way. We gave up too many quality opportunities early.

“I hope we use that as a learning experience. We have to be ready to show up and be focused every game. Utica played extremely well. Our team realizes that was a good team. Hopefully, that success carries over.”

Plattsburgh defeated the Bears (9-6-3, 5-3-3) in its third game of the season Nov. 5, 8-0. Shannon Stewart scored on four occasions, while Jenny Kistner added two tallies in the eight-goal rout.

The Cardinals managed a 57-11 lead in shots on goal and finished 2-for-7 on the one-player advantage.

“Obviously, that game was early in the season,” Houle said. “We had experienced a big test a couple days before with Norwich and Manhattanville, and we were able to carry that momentum over. We were maybe a little more prepared than they were. But we expect a different Potsdam team this weekend.”

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