PLATTSBURGH — Behind three second-period goals, the No. 1 Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team continued to roll Saturday.
The Cardinals (7-0, 4-0 ECAC West) received tallies from Giovanna Senese, Tyne Gove and Alyssa Parke during a span of six minutes and 22 seconds in a 5-0 blanking of Neumann University.
“I mean, I just thought we played hard,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said. “Yeah, they were physical, but we’re going to continue to play our game. They came at us at times, and I thought we did a nice job of moving the puck out of our end.
“I thought they did a good job in the first period of kind of clogging the neutral zone. We had 20 shots in that period, but many of them came on the power play. I thought we got better as the game went on.”
Facing a one-goal deficit, the Knights (1-5, 0-3 ECAC West) were able to manage a 4-2 advantage in shots through the first seven minutes of the second period.
But before they could generate any momentum, Senese backhanded a rebound chance outside the crease, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead at 12:47.
“We spent a lot of time in their zone, and we finally got some shots through to the net … get some ugly goals,” Houle said. “Giovanna Senese works so hard every single game. I thought it was great to see her get that rebound goal. Those are the kind of goals that you’re going to need to get in these games when teams pack it in against you.”
Gove, a junior transfer from Norwich University and sister of former Plattsburgh All-American Teal Gove, extended the Cardinals’ lead to three with a wrist shot from the slot area.
After playing five games, it was her first career goal with the program.
“The only pressure that I’m sure she was putting was on herself,” Houle said. “It was good for her to score and get off the schnide, so to speak. She’s played well, so it was good to see her get on the board.”
Parke registered Plattsburgh’s second power-play goal of the game with just 38 seconds remaining in the middle period. The Cardinals finished 2-for-6 on the one-player advantage.
Shannon Stewart put the icing on the cake, scoring her eighth goal of the year with 7:30 gone in the third. The 20-year-old junior from Pickering, Ont., is now tied for fifth in the nation with eight tallies.
Fending off all 14 shots faced between the pipes, Sydney Aveson was credited with her fifth shutout in five starts. Aveson is now two shutouts from tying Carolyne Roy’s program record of 24.
Justina Mayr stopped 42 of 47 shots faced in the five-goal loss.
By not surrendering a goal, Plattsburgh improved its unprecedented scoreless streak to 480 minutes and 17 seconds.
The Cardinals outshot the Knights by a 47-17 margin, giving Plattsburgh a 327-97 advantage in shots against its opponents.
The Cardinals will play host to Neumann once against at 2 p.m. today.
Plattsburgh 5, Neumann 0
Neumann 0 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh 1 3 1 — 5
First period- 1, PSU, Parke (Balisy), 9:20 (PP). Penalties: Williams, NEU (tripping), 1:56. Austin, NEU (slashing), 8:21. Thon, NEU (checking), 9:20. VanGlahn, PSU (hooking), 11:19. Gilmour, NEU (roughing), 12:47. Aveson, PSU (roughing), 12:47.
Second period- 2, PSU, Senese (Era, Duquette), 12:47. 3, PSU, Gove (MacInnis, Parke), 14:09. 4, PSU, Parke (Vakos, Balisy), 19:22 (PP). Penalties: Brenning, NEU (hooking), 14:08. Parke, PSU (hitting after the whistle), 16:26. Doucette, NEU (body checking), 18:51.
Third period- 5, PSU, Stewart (Era, Turk), 12:30. Penalties: Gilmour, NEU (hooking), 18:12. Williams, NEU (embellishment), 18:39. Ames, PSU (hooking), 18:39.
Shots on goal
Neumann 3 6 5 — 14
Plattsburgh 19 15 13 — 47
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Mayr, NEU, 47-42. Aveson, PSU, 14-14.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Neumann 0-2; Plattsburgh 2-6.
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