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November 9, 2013

Cardinal women meet Castleton in home opener

PLATTSBURGH — The top-ranked Plattsburgh State women’s hockey hasn’t surrendered a goal during its 2013-14 campaign. 

In fact, the Cardinals (3-0, 1-0 ECAC West) haven’t been scored on in 240 minutes and 17 seconds, dating back to their NCAA Division III semifinal loss to Middlebury March 15.

Plattsburgh will put its scoreless streak on the line in its home opener against Castleton State College at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena for 3 p.m. today.

“We’re playing strong in our own end, for sure,” Cardinals coach Kevin Houle said. “Obviously, we have an All-American goalie, too. The biggest thing is — we’re spending a lot of time in the other team’s end and not allowing a lot of quality goal-scoring opportunities. That’s a significant part of our success right now.”

After defeating national-ranked Norwich and Manhattanville, Plattsburgh drubbed Route 11 rival Potsdam on the road Tuesday, 8-0.

Goaltender Sydney Aveson, a West Covina, Calif., native, recorded her 20th-career shutout. Aveson is four shutouts from tying Carolyne Roy’s program record of 24.

The team’s blueliners have allowed just 43 shots on net.

“It’s definitely impressive,” Houle said. “For (Sydney Aveson) to keep two nationally-ranked opponents off the board is a feather in her cap, so to speak. She’d be the first to tell you it’s a team thing, though. She’s certainly made some quality saves.”

With three straight wins and Elmira College going 0-1-1 at the East/West Hockey Classic, Plattsburgh received a No. 1 ranking in the USCHO.com poll for the first time since March 4.

Shannon Stewart leads the team in scoring after a four-goal performance Tuesday.

Allison Era, a senior defenseman, has three goals and two assists, good for five points.

Bridget Balisy and Jenny Kistner have each scored on two occasions, combining for four assists as well.

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