MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — When Amherst College’s Eileen Harris scored at 18:36 of the second period Saturday, it was the first goal the Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team has allowed this season.
More importantly, however, the goal stood for nearly the rest of the contest as the Cardinals were on the verge of losing their first game of the season.
But Plattsburgh kept plugging away and Jordan Caldwell’s goal with just nine seconds left in regulation gave the Cardinals (8-0-1) a 1-all overtime tie in the opening round of the Panther/Cardinal Classic.
Plattsburgh will play host Middlebury College, which skated to a 5-3 win over Elmira College in the first game Saturday, today at 4 p.m. Amherst (3-0-2) will take on Elmira at 1 p.m. in the first game of the day.
The Cardinals managed to draw even despite being called for a penalty late in regulation.
“With about three minutes remaining, we took a minor penalty for hooking,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said. “We were kind of scrambling toward the end. But we were able to bounce back on a nice play by Allison Era and Jordan Caldwell.
“Jordan was able to get off a quick one-time shot down by the side of the net. A tie was not the result we wanted, but it’s better than a loss at that stage of the game.”
Plattsburgh held a 10-7 shot advantage in the first period and a 10-9 edge in the second.
But it was Amherst that broke into the scoring column when Harris tallied from Emily From late in the period.
The Lord Jeffs managed just three shots on goal in the third, but it was nearly enough until Caldwell scored from Era and Parke to force overtime.
Plattsburgh, which held a 33-20 shot advantage for the game, outshot Amherst by a 6-1 margin in overtime.