PLATTSBURGH — Facing a one-goal deficit at the end of the first period, the top-ranked Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team trailed its opponent for only the third time all season.
Kevin Houle’s message in the locker room was to protect the puck and start playing with the same consistency his team maintained inside the first 10 minutes of the game.
The Cardinals listened.
Plattsburgh scored three second-period goals, including two in the final three minutes and 21 seconds of the frame, in a 5-2 defeat of No. 2 Middlebury College Tuesday.
“Moving the puck really well, and we had a couple nice 2-on-1 goals,” Houle said. “Just some nice plays from the neutral zone. I thought we did a nice job moving the puck out of our own end. Didn’t spend too much time there in the second and third, and I thought we did a real nice job on our forecheck as well.”
After Jane Freda gave the Panthers (16-2-3) a 1-0 lead, Tyne Gove helped Plattsburgh tie the game at 1-all with 2:25 gone in the second period.
With Jenny Kistner receiving a drop pass from Katelyn Turk, Kistner found Gove’s stick on a one-time feed in front.
“I was just, I think, in the right place at the right time,” Gove said. “Like, it was all their play. Jenny got it across and luckily I guess my stick was there. A lot of the times, those get intercepted. But this one, I guess, was lucky, and I really wasn’t even expecting it. But I guess my stick was down, so it happened.”
Alyssa Parke provided the Cardinals’ (19-1-1) first lead, hammering a point shot into the back of the net. The power-play goal was scored at 16:39 of the second period.
“When I first came into the zone, I pulled up,” Parke said. “At first, I was going to give it across to (Bridget Balisy), but they gave me that wide open lane. Once somebody came at me, I shot the puck and found the back of the net.”