The No. 1 Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team will look to maintain its upper hand on the ECAC West when it hosts Neumann University today and Sunday.
It will be the final weekend of play before the Cardinals (6-0, 3-0, ECAC West) travel to Middlebury College for the annual Panther/Cardinal Classic.
There, Plattsburgh will meet Amherst Nov. 30 and second-ranked Middlebury Dec. 1.
“As a team, we’re not even thinking about (Amherst or Middlebury),” Cardinals coach Kevin Houle said. “We’re concentrating on Neumann. We’re focused on the task at hand.
“Neumann has been a top-four team in our conference, a team that you have to be ready for. They have players that can hurt you.”
The Knights (1-4, 0-2 ECAC West) are off to a shaky start.
Neumann has dropped four of its first five games. Its lone victory came against Saint Anselm College, a 5-4 win Nov. 10.
The Knights have had a difficult time putting the puck in net, recording just seven goals. The team is 1-for-24 on power-play opportunities.
Neumann has been outshot in every contest, but has been involved in three one-goal games.
“They’ve been in every game they’ve played,” Houle said. “They beat a good Saint Anselm team, who is an excellent team. They went into overtime with Oswego. Their record might not prove it right now, but they can play with anybody in the country.
“They’re looking to take points from us. If we’re not ready, it’s going to be a long weekend. They have some very good players up front and on the blue line. We need our best effort.”
Meghan Power, a freshman forward, leads the Knights in scoring with two goals. Edie Brenning, Shanelle Doucette, Amanda Simpson, Angela Gilmour and Lauren Cusack have each recorded a goal.