PLATTSBURGH — Despite a 4-1 win over Williams Wednesday and a record that remains unscathed, Plattsburgh State women’s hockey coach Kevin Houle was displeased with his team’s inconsistency.
The first-ranked Cardinals (14-0-1), who received a three-point night from senior captain Teal Gove on Wednesday, improved to 7-0-1 in nonconference play on the year.
“It’s been three games now where we haven’t played the way we’re capable of playing, and I can’t put my finger on it right now,” Houle said. “I’m not going to sit here and say ‘Well, we’ve been overlooking teams and waiting for Elmira’ because that’s just not the case.
“We’re in a little bit of a lull, and we need to come out of it. We’re just not firing on all cylinders, and there are times we’re not firing on any cylinders. It’s been a frustrating couple of games. We need to fix some things.”
Connecticut transfer Ali Vakos opened the game’s scoring for Plattsburgh at 9:39 of the first stanza. Emma Rutherford threw a centering pass from the near-side boards to Vakos, who tipped the puck into the back of the net. The goal was Vakos’ second as a member of the Cardinals.
Then, with 13:22 gone in the middle period, Andrea Ziesmann fired a shot from the blue line that redirected off the blade of Gove’s stick in front, extending the differential to two.
However, a penalty-ridden third period saw Plattsburgh commit multiple turnovers in its own end before surrendering a power-play goal to Ephs forward Michaela Levine at 8:14.
With No. 3 Elmira coming to town for a pair of weekend games and ECAC West supremacy on the line, Houle said his team needs to be more disciplined with the puck and create better scoring opportunities.