STAMFORD, Conn. — Through its first 11 games, the Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team has been faced with four one-goal deficits.
In each of those four contests, the Cardinals (10-0-1) have come out unscathed.
That streak continued Friday when the No. 1 squad in Monday’s USCHO.com poll dug itself out of a 1-0 hole in a 3-1 defeat of Manhattanville College.
The No. 8 Valiants (6-3-1) opened the game’s scoring at 5:57 of the second period when Sonia Occhionero nabbed her fourth marker of the year on the one-man advantage.
“(Manhattanville) was able to get on the board first after an extended five-on-three power play,” Plattsburgh head coach Kevin Houle said. “I actually think that was the turning point for our team. We started pressing the issue, not that it was a one-sided game by any stretch, but we had a feeling we’d get one soon, and finally broke the ice.”
After forcing turnovers by applying pressure to the opposing team’s puck carrier, Houle made minimal adjustments after the second period’s conclusion.
“We wanted to make sure to keep the forecheck going and play physical in the defensive end,” Houle said. “Our team has a confidence amongst themselves and knew that by playing hard and being determined, we would have a shot. This has been a confident group over the course of the season.”
That confidence rolled over to the third and final period of the hockey game when Alyssa Parke put Plattsburgh on the board with her third of the year at the 4:56 mark. The goal was unassisted.
Then, just five minutes and 32 seconds later, Morgan MacInnis was able bury a shot after collecting consecutive passes from Shannon Stewart and Caitlin Gilligan.
Chelsea VanGlahn put the icing on the cake after the Cardinals had committed their sixth penalty
of the night.
The junior from Point Pleasant, N.J., swooped in and wristed a shot past Manhattanville goaltender Mary Evans, for a shorthanded marker.
“We were able to finish off the first half of the season strong and the players feel good about themselves for an undefeated semester,” Houle said. “We played 60 minutes of determined hockey and they were on a mission as the underdog. It’s a credit to our kids for being resilient. I thought it was our best effort of the semester.”
Sydney Aveson fended off 14 shots in the contest. The win improves her record to 7-0-1 on the season. Evans, who was making her eighth start this season, accumulated 23 saves in the loss.
The Cardinals will take nearly a month off before facing rival Norwich University in a pivotal non-conference tilt at the Plattsburgh State Field House Jan. 6 at 4 p.m.
Plattsburgh State 3, Manhattanville 1
Plattsburgh 0 0 3 — 3
Manhattanville 0 1 0 — 1
First period- Penalties: Ziesmann, PSU (hooking), 9:22.
Second period- 1, M, Occhionero (Taylor, Sidjak), 5:57 (pp). Penalties: Kistner, PSU (cross-checking), 3:20. Era, PSU (tripping), 4:03. Morrison, M (roughing), 17:35. Stauffer, M (body checking), 19:31.
Third period- 2, PSU, Parke, 4:56. 3, PSU, MacInnis (Stewart, Gilligan), 10:28. 3, PSU, VanGlahn, 14:15 (sh). Penalties: Schill, M (cross-checking), 11:04. Sidjak, M (body checking), 13:10. Senese, PSU (tripping), 13:22. Kistner, PSU (slashing), 13:56. Parke, PSU (elbowing), 18:26.
Shots on goal:
Plattsburgh 4 11 11 — 26
Manhattanville 3 7 5 — 15
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Aveson, PSU, 15-14. Evans, M, 26-23.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Plattsburgh 0-4; Manhattanville 1-6.