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January 14, 2014

PSU women look to stay unbeaten at Williams

The No. 1-ranked Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team will play its third game in 10 days when it takes on Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., at 7 p.m. tonight.

The Cardinals (11-0-1) are coming off a 4-1 win over Manhattanville College at the Stafford Ice Arena Saturday.

After a day off Sunday, Plattsburgh had its lone practice between games Monday.

“I would hope this short week doesn’t disrupt any sort of rhythm or momentum,” Cardinals coach Kevin Houle said. “But we’ll find out (tonight). I think we’ll be fine. Heading out, I hope we’re not overlooking a pretty good opponent.”

Since returning for the second semester, Plattsburgh is 2-0, including a 6-0 drubbing of No. 4 Norwich University at home Jan. 5.

Junior right winger Shannon Stewart is the team’s top point-getter during that span with two goals and two assists for four points. Stewart, Bridget Balisy and Giovanna Senese have scored six of the team’s 10 goals in two games.

Senior goaltender Sydney Aveson has stopped 37-of-38 shots between the pipes, recording one shutout against Norwich in a 27-save performance.

“There’s no question we have confidence based on the way we’ve played the entire season, especially the second half and not missing a beat,” Houle said. “We have to stay consistent. Certainly, there’s a sense of confidence and that’s a good thing. We have to remember what got us to the point we’re at now and that’s doing the little things well.”

The Cardinals are 11-0-0 when scoring first this season, and Houle said it’s important for his club to get on the board early after a three-hour trip.

“It’s good to come out and take over the game early like we have in most of our games this season,” Houle said. “We’re confident if we get behind early, we can battle back. Our goal every game is to play our game and have a lot of possession time in their zone.”

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