ELMIRA — The No. 1 Plattsburgh State women’s hockey needed a win Saturday to give itself a shot at home-ice advantage, if nothing else.
The Cardinals (18-1-1, 11-1-0) did just that, upending No. 3 Elmira College in overtime, 2-1.
Plattsburgh managed a 58-34 advantage in shots on goal, including a 9-1 differential in the extra session.
“Well, I told the girls I thought we played well (Friday), but we put together a complete effort (Saturday),” Cardinals coach Kevin Houle said. “In my opinion, we dominated the game from start to finish. We wanted it more than we did (Friday), too. All the credit goes to our team for stepping up in a tough situation.
“Obviously, we needed a win to get back into a tie. That’s where we sit now. They knew what was at stake. Things are dead even right now. We just have to take one game at a time and worry about the playoffs when they get here.”
Jordan Caldwell helped Plattsburgh get on the board first with an even-strength goal at 4:58 of the first period.
However, the Soaring Eagles (16-4-1, 11-1-0) rallied to tie the game at 1-all with 10 minutes and 26 seconds remaining in the third period.
“Obviously, we weren’t happy with the (game) being tied, but we kept playing hard and picked it back up,” Houle said. “We played the game in their zone and finished them off in overtime.”
Chelsea VanGlahn’s overtime goal with 3:48 gone in the extra session solidified the victory.
“I thought we carried the play throughout the game,” Houle said. “I thought we were the better team throughout. We weren’t able to finish like I would’ve liked, though.”
Sydney Aveson picked up the win in net, fending off 33-of-34 shots faced. Lisa Marshall was tagged with a loss, recording 56 saves in all.
It doesn’t get any easier for Plattsburgh. The Cardinals will play host to No. 2 Middlebury College at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“The girls are looking forward to the challenge,” Houle said. “The win makes it a little easier. We’ll be ready. (Middlebury) played two games this weekend as well. We’re looking forward to the challenge. It’s a big game.”
Plattsburgh State 2, Elmira College 1 (OT)
Plattsburgh 0 1 0 1 — 2
Elmira 0 0 1 0 — 1
Second period- 1, PSU, Caldwell (Stewart, Balisy), 4:58. Penalties: Parke, PSU (interference), 7:54. Piku, EC (interference), 10:15. Caldwell, PSU (goaltender interference), 12:05. Stewart, PSU (cross-checking), 12:05. Ziesmann, PSU (interference), 19:43.
Third period- 2, EC, Lamoureux (Hogan, Delainey) 9:34 (PP). Penalties: Hogan, EC (goaltender interference), 15:44. Balisy, PSU (tripping), 17:17.
Overtime- 2, PSU, VanGlahn (Senese), 3:48.
Shots on goal:
Plattsburgh 19 14 16 8 — 58
Elmira 8 11 14 1 — 34
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Aveson, PSU, 34-33. Marshall, EC, 58-56.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Plattsburgh 0-2; Elmira 1-4.