PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State women’s hockey coach Kevin Houle will tell you “a win is a win,” but after a lopsided 8-0 victory Saturday, Sunday’s effort was not the one he was looking for.
The Cardinals (13-0-1, 7-0 ECAC West) received goals from Morgan MacInnis and Shannon Stewart in a 2-0 victory over Oswego State at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena Sunday.
“I’d like us to play with more confidence and tenacity,” Houle said. “I think mental toughness is a part of it. Oswego has some skilled kids up front, and when you’re not scoring and putting the puck away, they’re going to be in the game.
“I wasn’t overly thrilled with the effort (Saturday) either. I don’t think it was any better (Sunday). It’s a credit to them for working hard with a real short bench.”
Following a suffocating forecheck, an Oswego (7-8-1, 6-4) defenseman committed a turnover right in front of goaltender Bridget Smith early in the second period. MacInnis capitalized, sending home a loose puck and giving Plattsburgh a 1-0 lead at the 3:39 mark. Teal Gove and Stewart added assists on MacInnis’ fourth of the year, while the line accumulated 17 points on the weekend sweep.
“At times, I thought the forecheck was real good,” Houle said. “We spent a lot of time in their end. That goal was a situation where we had them in their own end for a while, and we had a lot of shifts like that. There are some positives, but certainly there are some things we need to do a lot better.”
Smith, who surrendered five goals before being pulled in Saturday’s game, kept Oswego within striking distance by standing tall on numerous occasions. The Cardinals were unable convert on shots in the low slot and second-chance scoring opportunities just outside the crease throughout the game.