MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Once the Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team took the lead in the third period Saturday, the Cardinals were relentless.
Plattsburgh scored five goals, two by Teal Gove, in the final 11 minutes of the contest and pulled away to an 8-3 victory over Amherst College in the opening round of the Panther/Cardinal Classic, hosted by Middlebury College.
In today’s second round of play, Amherst takes on Elmira College at 1 p.m., followed by Plattsburgh and Middlebury at 4 p.m.
In Saturday’s second game, the host Panthers scored late in the third period and then got one in overtime for a 4-3 victory over the Soaring Eagles.
The top-ranked Cardinals (6-0-1) and eighth-ranked Lord Jeffs (1-2-0) were tied at 3-all entering the third
But Emma Rutherford took a pass from Allison Era and put Plattsburgh ahead to stay at the 9:05 mark and Jenny Kistner’s goal 43 seconds later at 9:48 gave the Cardinals a 5-3 advantage.
Gove then took over and scored goals at 11:10 and 15:13, the first coming on the power play, to make it 7-3. Gove’s first goal allowed her to become the eighth player in program history to reach the 100-point mark.
The Cardinals closed out the scoring with 32 seconds remaining on Chelsea VanGlahn’s power-play goal.
“We came out and had a good second half of the third period,” said Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle. “We scored a beautiful goal to take the lead and then got a power-play goal. We were able to get on a roll and all five goals were nice ones.
“I guess when it rains, it pours. We were able to take advantage of our opportunities.”
A wild start to the game had the two teams combine for six goals in the first eight minutes of the contest.
Kenzie Menzak, Kistner and Era tallied for the Cardinals, who held leads of 2-0 and 3-1.
Eileen Harris, Geneva Lloyd and Emily Flom countered for Amherst.
“We played real good in the first period,” said Houle. “We were able to get out to an early 2-0 lead.
“They scored three goals in the period and two of them were pretty fluky. We did make some mistakes. But I felt we controlled the play and they had the puck in our end only three or four times.”
Plattsburgh then held a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal in the second period, but neither team was able to score.
“We played a little too much as individuals and not as a team in the second period,” said Houle. “It was pretty hectic. Still, we were a little unfortunate not to have the lead.
“But, definitely, we still felt we had control of the game, even though a goal for them would have given them a 4-3 lead. Then we came out and carried the play in the third period like we did in the first.”
The Cardinals finished with a one-sided 31-13 edge in shots and Sydney Aveson recorded the victory in net with 10 saves. Kerri Stuart made 23 stops for Amherst.
“I thought we played well,” said Houle. “We did a good job on the penalty kill.”
Plattsburgh 8, Amherst 3
Score by periods:
Amherst 3 0 0 — 3
Plattsburgh 3 0 5 — 8
First period- 1, PSU, Menzak (Bennett), 4:43. 2, PSU, Kistner (Ziesmann), 5:14. 3, Amh, Harris (Opperman, Martin), 6:21. 4, Amh, Lloyd (Salmon), 6:28. 5, PSU, Era (Kistner), 7:10. 6, Amh, Flom (Salmon), 8:01. Penalties- Menzak, PSU (tripping), 10:44. Menzak, PSU (tripping), 19:18.
Second period- no scoring. Penalties- Ziesmann, PSU (body checking), :19. K. McInnis, Amh (tripping), :45.
Third period- 7, PSU, Rutherford (Era, Lanni), 9:05. 8, PSU, Kistner (Bennett, McIver), 9:48. 9, PSU, Gove ppg (Kistner, Gilligan), 11:10. 10, PSU, Gove, 15:13. 11, PSU, VanGlahn ppg (Ziesmann, Bennett), 19:28. Penalties- Martin, Amh (interference), :24. Kistner, PSU (slashing), 4:49. Bomstein, Amh (tripping), 9:48. Martin, Amh (tripping), 18:39.
Shots on goal:
Amherst 3 4 6 — 13
Plattsburgh 10 9 12 — 31
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Stuart, Amh, 31-23. Aveson, PSU, 13-10.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Amherst, 0-4. Plattsburgh, 2-4.