BY RICKY ST. CLAIR Press-Republican
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State women’s hockey coach Kevin Houle was looking for a complete, 60-minute effort from his players in their game against Buffalo State.
He got one at the Stafford Ice Arena Saturday.
The top-ranked Cardinals (5-0, 2-0 ECAC West) exploded for seven goals, while Jenny Kistner recorded a hat trick in the team’s 7-0 rout.
“The kids, they work for 60 minutes and that’s all we can expect out of them,” Houle said. “It doesn’t matter what the score is. There’s some areas we need to work on and of course we’re making mistakes, but the effort’s been excellent.”
Plattsburgh got off to a quick start in the first and second period, scoring a combined three goals inside the first 6:52 of play.
Kistner scored twice, while Andrea Ziesmann and Shannon Stewart added goals to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 4-0.
“I think it always takes some pressure off when you get the first couple of goals of the game,” Houle said. “You get them when you can. The important thing is that you don’t get frustrated and start pressing. Those are the things we haven’t done when we haven’t scored. So we just keep plugging away and the puck’s going to go in the net.”
Plattsburgh surrendered just 13 shots on goal and didn’t allow the Bengals (0-4, 0-3 ECAC West) to register a shot for a span of 27 minutes and 44 seconds in the second and third period.
The Cardinals increased their scoreless streak to 360:17, which dates back to March 15.
“I think we’re playing the game in their end for most of the time,” Houle said. “They had some quality chances in the first period, and they had some quality chances in the third.
“Ally Ross did a nice job of keeping them off the board. It’s tough to play when you don’t see a lot of shots. Again, the offense is taking care of some of the defense right now. We’ll see where that goes.”
Plattsburgh netted a power-play goal in just one of its first four games. Despite a 12.5 percent conversion rate entering the game, the Cardinals scored on 1-of-2 one-player advantages.
“I thought the two opportunities, we had some really good looks and finally capitalized,” Houle said. “I think we’ve got to get some more chances, and we’ve got to keep working on it. It’s a big part of the game are special teams. It was good to get on the board and hopefully that will give us some confidence.”
Kistner, who has registered seven goals on the year, sent home her hat-trick tally at the 10:20 mark of the third period.
“Well, I’m just really glad to see her get off to a really good start,” Houle said. “She gets so many chances over the course of the season. For her to have (seven) goals at this point in time is great for her confidence. She probably didn’t have (seven) goals at the halfway point last year.
“We’ve talked abut people picking up the slack for losing 30 goals with Teal (Gove) last year. She’s one of the players we expect to pick up the slack, and she’s doing that thus far.”
Buffalo State’s Jordan Lee stopped 53 of 60 shots faced between the pipes. Ally Ross recorded the fifth shutout of her Plattsburgh career, fending off all 13 shots.
The Cardinals will host the Bengals once again at 2 p.m. today.
Plattsburgh State 7, Buffalo State 0
Buffalo State 0 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh 2 3 2 — 7
First period- 1, PSU, Kistner (VanGlahn, Era), 1:44. 2, PSU, Kistner (Caldwell, Duquette), 14:06. Penalties: Minnick, BFS (tripping), 1:44. Kistner, PSU (roughing), 5:23.
Second period- 3, PSU, Ziesmann (Ames, Lipson), 3:26. 4, PSU, Stewart (Caldwell, Balisy), 6:52 (PP). 5, PSU, Caldwell (VanGlahn), 16:41. Penalties: Neuburger, BFS (hooking), 5:26. Kirchberger, BFS (high-sticking), 16:32. Parke, PSU (checking), 16:32.
Third period- 6, PSU, Kistner (Ziesmann, Balisy), 10:20. 7, PSU VanGlahn (Senese), 15:30. Penalties: MacInnis, PSU (cross-checking), 11:39. VanGlahn, PSU (body checking), 16:18.
Shots on goal:
Buffalo State 5 0 8 — 13
Plattsburgh 23 23 14 —60
Goaltenders (shots-saves): Lee, BFS, 60-53. Ross, PSU, 13-13.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Buffalo State 0-3; Plattsburgh State 1-2.
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