---- — MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team capped its successful Cardinal-Panther Classic weekend with an exclamation mark in a 3-2 win over Middlebury College Sunday.
The No. 1 nationally ranked Cardinals (7-0-1, 3-0) got on the board first at the 14:56 mark with a power-play goal. Alyssa Parke found the back of the net from the left wing, going five-hole on Annabelle Jones for a 1-0 lead.
Plattsburgh extended its lead to 2-0 early in the second period when Teal Gove took a pass from Morgan MacInnis and cut to the net, making a nice deke move in front before burying the shot.
However, the lead was short lived.
The No. 5 Panthers (3-1, 2-0) retaliated midway through the middle stanza. Emily Fluke saw her spin shot denied by goaltender Sydney Aveson before putting home her own rebound to make it a 2-1 game.
Then, Middlebury opened the third period on a power play, cashing in just one second after the opportunity had expired. Jennifer Krakower put a shot on target from the right point that was finished down low by Hannah Bielawski to tie the game at two.
“Middlebury was just as good as anybody we’ve played all year and they pressed the issue all game long,” Plattsburgh head coach Kevin Houle said. “At times, they certainly outplayed us and had chances on the power play. But we actually started to play better after they tied the game up.”
Plattsburgh scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 11:50 mark of the third period. After taking a pass from Jenny Kistner, Emma Rutherford circled the net and threw the puck toward the goal, where it bounced off Jones and into the net.
“It was one of those ugly goals that we needed to get,” Houle said. “Kistner had a great weekend for us and it was nice to see her get the game-winner.”
The Panthers held a 31-18 shots advantage in the game. Aveson was the key to victory for Plattsburgh, making 29 saves in the contest to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Aveson recorded a combined 39 saves over the weekend to help the Cardinals remain unbeaten.
“(Aveson) was able to fend off a lot of quality chances, especially during an extended period of time down five-on-three,” Houle said. “It’s like I said the other day, she’s been rock solid for us in net.”
Joining Aveson on the all-tournament squad were Plattsburgh’s Kistner, Middlebury’s Fluke and Katie Sullivan, Elmira’s Ashton Hogan and Madison Johnston and Amherst’s Tori Salmon.
The Cardinals return to league play this weekend with a two-game series at Buffalo State. Saturday’s game is set for 3 p.m. while the puck drops at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Plattsburgh 3, Middlebury 2
Score by periods:
Plattsburgh 1 1 1 — 3
Middlebury 0 1 1 — 2
First period- 1, PSU, Parke (Ziesman, Bennett), 14:56 (pp). Penalties: Stewart, PSU (hooking), 10:30. Downey, M (hooking), 10:09. Mandigo, M (interference), 13:55. Bennett, PSU (body checking), 17:46. Era, PSU (interference), 18:47. Bennett, PSU (hooking), 19:59.
Second period- 2, PSU, Gove (Kistner, Favretto), 3:42. 3, M, Fluke (Van Kula), 9:45. Penalties: Kistner, PSU (slashing), 20:00.
Third period- 3, M, Bielawski (Mandigo, Krakower), 2:01. 4, PSU, Rutherford (Kistner), 11:50.
Shots on goal:
Plattsburgh 7 6 5 — 18
Middlebury 9 10 12 — 31
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Jones, M, 18-15. Aveson, PSU, 31-29.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Middlebury 0-6. Plattsburgh, 1-2.