PLATTSBURGH — Manhattanville College did something no other women’s hockey team was able to do at the Stafford Ice Arena in 10 months Saturday.
It scored a goal against top-ranked Plattsburgh State.
The Cardinals (11-0-1), however, pulled away from their 2-1 lead with two tallies inside the final 21 minutes and 37 seconds of play for a 4-1 nonconference win.
“Yeah, I thought it was a solid effort from start to finish,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said. “Obviously, we had some adversity. This year, we’re used to kind of building on that two-goal lead and stretching it to three and four and putting teams away.
“But it was nice to get that two-goal cushion heading into the third period, so you’re feeling pretty good. I just thought it was a solid effort against a good hockey team.”
The Cardinals opened the game’s scoring when Shannon Stewart collected a turnover at the blue line, skating in and beating Valiants (6-6-1) goaltender Dana DeMartino with a shot in front at 13:57.
After Bridget Balisy scored to extend Plattsburgh’s lead to 2-0, Manhattanville junior forward Alla Traun scooped up a loose puck in the low slot and banged one home 1:52 later.
It was the first goal the Cardinals had surrendered at their own barn since their 5-2 NCAA Quarterfinal defeat of St. Norbert College March 9, 2013.
Houle said his team went through a lull in the middle stanza.
“I thought (Manhattanville) did a pretty good job of keeping us in our own end at times,” Houle said. “I don’t think they created a lot of offense off of that, but we weren’t spending as much time in their end as I would like.
“I thought in the second period, we might’ve had some trouble in transition. I thought the second period; they did a good job of clogging up the middle and taking away space. That was their game plan, but I thought we moved the puck pretty well.”
Balisy recorded her second goal of the period with 1:57 showing on the clock. Stewart found Balisy streaking in by the weak-side post, hitting the sophomore forward with a one-timer down low.
Balisy, a Brampton, Ont., native, was opportunistic throughout. She now leads the team with 18 points after 12 contests.
“You could see that (Balisy’s) second goal, it was just a great effort play by her and a great effort play by Shannon Stewart to get her the puck,” Houle said. “Shannon made the play, but Bridget gave that same effort, getting below their defensemen and flipping it in.”
Andrea Ziesmann concluded the scoring summary at 11:39 of the third, benefiting from a fortuitous redirection that found the back of the net to solidify the victory.
Each of the two teams finished 0-for-4 on the one-player advantage.
Sydney Aveson fended off 10-of-11 shots faced between the pipes for her ninth win on the season. DeMartino was tagged with the loss in a 34-save performance.
From here, Plattsburgh will make a three-hour trip to Williamstown, Mass., where it will face Williams College Tuesday. The Ephs, who compete in the NESCAC conference, are 4-5-0.
“You know, we need to get off to a good start on this trip,” Houle said. “We have to be prepared for that game. It’s going to be a tough game.
“But we’ve just got to continue the course and continue to play our game and continue to play relentless. I think we wear teams down with our effort and with our speed, so we just have to stay the course.”
Plattsburgh State 4, Manhattanville College 1
Manhattanville 0 1 0 —1
Plattsburgh 1 2 1 —4
First period- 1, PSU, Stewart (Gove, MacInnis), 13:57. Penalties: Harris, MC (body checking), 9:54. Lipson, PSU (hooking), 16:02.
Second period- 2, PSU, Balisy (Kistner, Caldwell), 1:43. 3, MC, Traun (Asselstine, Meggiolaro), 3:35. 4, PSU, Balisy (Stewart, Caldwell), 18:23. Penalties: MacInnis, PSU (body checking), 7:05. Harris, MC (hooking), 7:15. Bellavance, MC (interference), 18:50.
Third period- 5, PSU, Ziesmann (Stewart), 11:39. Penalties: Traun, MC (body checking), 2:39. VanGlahn, PSU (body checking), 3:56. Lipson, PSU (tripping), 12:43.
Shots on goal:
Manhattanville 5 4 2 —11
Plattsburgh 16 9 13 —38
Goaltenders (shots-saves): DeMartino, MC, 38-34. Aveson, PSU, 11-10.
Power plays (goals-opportunities): Manhattanville 0-4; Plattsburgh 0-4.
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