PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State women’s hockey coach Kevin Houle was looking for a complete, 60-minute effort from his players in their game against Buffalo State.
He got one at the Stafford Ice Arena Saturday.
The top-ranked Cardinals (5-0, 2-0 ECAC West) exploded for seven goals, while Jenny Kistner recorded a hat trick in the team’s 7-0 rout.
“The kids, they work for 60 minutes and that’s all we can expect out of them,” Houle said. “It doesn’t matter what the score is. There’s some areas we need to work on and of course we’re making mistakes, but the effort’s been excellent.”
Plattsburgh got off to a quick start in the first and second period, scoring a combined three goals inside the first 6:52 of play.
Kistner scored twice, while Andrea Ziesmann and Shannon Stewart added goals to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 4-0.
“I think it always takes some pressure off when you get the first couple of goals of the game,” Houle said. “You get them when you can. The important thing is that you don’t get frustrated and start pressing. Those are the things we haven’t done when we haven’t scored. So we just keep plugging away and the puck’s going to go in the net.”
Plattsburgh surrendered just 13 shots on goal and didn’t allow the Bengals (0-4, 0-3 ECAC West) to register a shot for a span of 27 minutes and 44 seconds in the second and third period.
The Cardinals increased their scoreless streak to 360:17, which dates back to March 15.
“I think we’re playing the game in their end for most of the time,” Houle said. “They had some quality chances in the first period, and they had some quality chances in the third.
“Ally Ross did a nice job of keeping them off the board. It’s tough to play when you don’t see a lot of shots. Again, the offense is taking care of some of the defense right now. We’ll see where that goes.”