PLATTSBURGH — Following a three-point weekend, including a come-from-behind tie against No. 1 Norwich, the Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team plays host to Chatham University at 4 p.m. today and tomorrow afternoon.
“Anytime you have an opportunity to play in front of the hometown fans, it’s always a confidence booster for our players,” Plattsburgh State head coach Kevin Houle said. “We had the exhibition game (versus Etobicoke) a couple of weeks ago, but it’s nice to open ECAC West play at the Field House.”
The No. 2 nationally-ranked Cardinals (1-0-1) defeated the Cougars 9-1 and 8-0 a season ago, but Houle emphasized the importance of the four points at stake.
“We can’t afford to let points slip away because it could potentially disallow us a chance at the regular season conference title and home-ice advantage,” Houle said. “(Chatham) is an improved team and we expect their best.”
The inaugural edition of last weekend’s East-West Showcase in Northfield, Vt., featured Plattsburgh State grabbing a 2-1 victory over Manhattanville College Saturday afternoon before the 2-2 tie against Norwich Sunday. Two of the three goals allowed occurred in the final minute of a period.
“You try to avoid giving a team any momentum going into the ensuing period,” Houle said. “The goal we allowed to Manhattanville with 12-seconds remaining in regulation is something we’d like to avoid in the future. We need to protect the one-goal leads and not have to weather a storm late in games.”
The Cardinals are led offensively by senior captain Teal Gove (2-0-2) and Jenny Kistner (1-2-3), who were both named to the East-West All-Tournament team for Plattsburgh. Goaltender Sydney Aveson was honored with the Most Valuable Player award after making 40 saves on 43 shots on the weekend and boasts a .930 save percentage to go along with a 1.41 goals-against average.