PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team is going home for Christmas in an excellent spot — still undefeated and still No. 1 in the latest United States College Hockey Online Div. 3 poll.
In fact, Kevin Houle’s Cardinals picked up another first-place vote and now claim 12 of the 15 top nods. Plattsburgh also increased its lead from 13 to 15 points over No. 2 Gustavus Adolphus. The Gusties garnered the three remaining first-place votes in the Dec. 10 balloting.
The two teams also enter the break as the last two undefeated teams in Div. 3. The Cardinals improved to 10-0-1 with their 3-1 victory over Manhattanville on Friday while the Gusties are 8-0-0.
Plattsburgh is idle until Jan. 6 when the fifth-ranked Norwich University Cadets visit Stafford Arena to open the new year. The Cadets are responsible for the only blemish on the Plattsburgh record to date — a 2-2 tie on Oct. 28 in Northfield, Vt.
The Norwich rematch will open a busy January home schedule for the Cardinals with seven of the nine games to be contested in Plattsburgh. Oswego and Elmira will be in for weekend sets around a Jan. 16 visit from Williams. After a trip to Cortland for a pair, the Cardinals will host Middlebury College on Jan. 30.
Elmira and Middlebury are currently ranked third and fourth.
Men slip to 8th place
The Plattsburgh men fell one spot to eighth in the latest D3 rankings after losing 1-0 to top-ranked Norwich at home on Friday. The win enabled the Cadets to claim all 20 first-place votes as No. 2 Oswego lost ground to Norwich after splitting 2 weekend games. The Great Lakers bowed to Utica, 3-2, at home, and then topped Hobart, 3-2, in Geneva.
Bob Emery’s Cardinals, 7-3-1, shedded 32 points to fall behind Bowdoin. The Polar Bears, 9-0-1, tallied 188 points while the Cardinals managed 163, just three more than Utica College.