December 2, 2012

Second-period burst helps Cards beat Bengals in women's hockey.


---- — BUFFALO — The Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team rattled off four goals in a 10:09 span in the second period en route to a 5-0 win at Buffalo State in an ECAC West game Saturday.

The Cardinals wrap up the weekend with another matchup against the Bengals this afternoon.

The top-ranked Cardinals (8-0-1, 4-0 ECACW) peppered the Bengals (3-5, 2-3) in the first period with a 15 shots on goal, but netminder Jordan Lee kept the Cardinals off the board.

“(Lee) played well, but she was able to see a lot of shots we had on net,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said. “We were fighting (the puck) a little bit and didn’t take that extra second of making the right play. Our team may have been a little frustrated, so I told them after the first that we needed more bodies in front and control possession a little more.”

Allison Era got the Plattsburgh offense going with her sixth of the year at the 7:49 mark of the second period. Less than two minutes later, Shannon Stewart made it 2-0 with an assist from Teal Gove.

“We were hopeful to get more pucks on net and were fortunate to get some quick goals early,” Houle said. “The floodgates opened, and we controlled the game once we were up 2-0.”

Chelsea VanGlahn extended the Cardinals’ lead at 13:56 with a power-play goal from Emma Rutherford. Morgan MacInnis closed out the period with her first of the season at the 17:58 mark from Gove and Stewart.

MacInnis added her second of the afternoon at 8:37 of the third to round of the scoring for Plattsburgh. Stewart picked up an assist on the Cardinals’ fifth goal, giving her a three-point day.

“It was a team win, for sure,” Houle said. “No one in particular really stood out. Our team continues to play well, and other people are beginning to contribute and step up.” Plattsburgh’s Ally Ross stopped all 11 shots she faced to earn her third win and shutout of the season. Lee suffered the loss for the Bengals, making 28 saves through two periods. Sarah Quigley stepped in for the third period, stopping seven of eight shots.

“(Ross) was tested a few times in the second period when the game was still in question,” Houle said. “These types of games are not always easy to play in when she’s not seeing a lot of rubber. Hopefully our squad can match the same intensity (today) that we showed in the second period.”

The Cardinals finished the day with a 40-11 advantage in shots on goal on the afternoon.

Plattsburgh State 5, Buffalo State 0

Buffalo State 0 0 0 — 0

Plattsburgh State 0 4 1 — 5

Second period- 1, PSU, Era (Kistner), 7:49. 2, Stewart (Gove), 9:07. 3, PSU, VanGlahn (Rutherford), 13:56 (pp). 4, PSU, MacInnis (Gove, Stewart), 17:58. Penalties: Mallo, B (contact to the head-elbowing), 13:15.

Third period- 5, PSU, MacInnis (Stewart), 8:37. Penalties: Gilligan, PSU (roughing), 4:18. Gilligan, PSU (hooking), 15:10. McIver, PSU (tripping), 16:50.

Shots on goal:

Buffalo State 2 4 5 — 11

Plattsburgh State 15 17 8 — 40

Goaltenders (shots-saves): Lee (28), Quigley (7), B. 40-35. Ross, PSU, 11-11.

Power plays (goals-opportunities): Buffalo State 0-3; Plattsburgh 1-1.

Attendance: 150.