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January 18, 2014

Stewart's hat trick sends Cardinals past Cortland

PLATTSBURGH — The No. 1-ranked Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team opened its two-game slate against Cortland with a rout Friday.

The Cardinals (13-0-1, 6-0-0) registered four goals in the second period, outshooting the Red Dragons (2-9-2, 1-5-1) by a 37-1 margin in the process, in an 8-0 victory.

Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle, though, thought his club came out flat and surrendered quality scoring chances in the first period.

“I mean, we had some good opportunities and obviously got on the board twice, which was good. But I thought we gave them too many opportunities,” Houle said. “I thought they had six shots on net, and I thought all six were good scoring chances. Ally (Ross) did a nice job coming up with the saves there.”

Houle told his players between the first and second period to play with a little bit more hunger and determination.

It’s safe to say he got what he was looking for.

Shannon Stewart scored a natural hat trick, recording goals on three consecutive occasions, while Jenny Kistner added another power-play tally in the middle frame.

“We took the game over completely in the second period,” Houle said. “After that, the game was pretty much over.

“Stewie’s obviously our top goal scorer. No question about it. She does a great job getting pucks to the net, and she’s a threat when she’s on the ice, for sure.”

The Cardinals finished 2-for-4 on the power play, accumulating double-digit shots on the one-player advantage. Plattsburgh is now a combined 4-for-10 on the power play in its last two games.

“I liked the movement,” Houle said. “I liked what we were looking for. I was certainly pleased with the movement out there and our production as well.”

Ross stopped all 11 shots faced between the pipes to record her second win of the season. Deanna Meunier had a busy night in net for Cortland, recording 60 saves in the eight-goal loss.

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