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March 15, 2014

Plattsburgh State women host Williams in NCAA Div. III hockey


Chloe Billadeau is the team’s primary goaltender. A junior, Billadeau sports an 8-6-3 record to go along with a 2.55 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. She recorded 42 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Cardinals Jan. 14.

“We definitely want to keep taking shots,” Stewart said. “Just crash the net and get dirty goals. They’re not always going to be pretty. We just want to crash the net a lot.”

Plattsburgh is coming off a 4-3 come-from-behind defeat of No. 3 Elmira College in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West championship game Sunday. The victory gave the Cardinals their second consecutive ECAC West title and fourth in program history.

Stewart (16-17-33), Bridget Balisy (14-18-32), Chelsea VanGlahn (12-18-30), Giovanna Senese (14-13-27) and Ali Vakos (8-18-26) are Plattsburgh’s top point-getters.

In the midst of a record-breaking season, goaltender Sydney Aveson was named ECAC West Player of the Year with a 19-1-1 record and 13 shutouts. Aveson ranks first in Division III with a 0.52 goals-against average and a .972 save percentage.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals own the nation’s top offense at 5.00 goals per game and scoring defense at 0.59 goals per game. Plattsburgh is 22.4 percent on the power play and maintains the nation’s top penalty kill at 95.3 percent.

“I think we’re playing extremely well as of late,” Houle said. “We’re coming off a successful weekend. At this point in the season, every game can be your last. I think the girls realize that.

“But we can’t overlook anybody. The next game is your biggest game. That’s the way we’re looking at it.”

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