Cards aiming to generate offense against Potsdam

KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOPlattsburgh State's Holly Schmelzer skates toward a loose puck during a non-conference game against Norwich, Nov. 6, at Stafford Ice Arena.

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State women's hockey team is returning to its home ice to face off against Potsdam in Northeast Women's Hockey League play.

The Cardinals (8-1-0, 6-0-0) play the Bears (4-4-0, 3-4-0) at 7 p.m. today at Stafford Ice Arena, as Plattsburgh will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season.

The Cardinals previously bested the Bears on Nov. 13 in Potsdam, winning 2-1 in overtime.

Potsdam's Alex Quinn opened scoring and Plattsburgh's Madison Walker evened the score.

Nicole Unsworth came through with the game-winning goal at the 1:22 mark of the overtime period for the Cardinals.

“We have to find a way to score some goals,” Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle said. “The key is being able to get on the board and score early against your opponent, and we weren't able to do that last time with Potsdam.

“We gave up a one-goal lead and struggled to win that game even though we played very well for most of it.”

Unsworth has totaled two goals and nine assists up to this point in the season and came through in a clutch for the Cardinals in their last game against the Bears.

“I feel a number of our forwards and defense certainly can produce,” Houle said. “She (Unsworth) has had a good year thus far and did score against Potsdam.

“Obviously we expect our top offensive players like Nicole to produce, and hopefully she'll have a big game.”

Plattsburgh also established an NCAA DIII record for longest overall winning streak with its 26th consecutive victory against Wisconsin-River Falls, Saturday, in the Cardinal/Panther Classic Tournament in Middlebury, Vermont.

The Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season to Middlebury College, 2-1 in the championship game, Sunday.

Houle was pleased overall with the way his team played over the weekend.

“I thought we had a strong weekend,” he said. “I thought we played one of our better games all season against Middlebury. We couldn't find the back of the net, and they were able to capitalize on a couple of our mistakes but, those games happen.

“I was happy with the way we played and the way we executed. Obviously not satisfied with the results, but when you get tight games like that, you just have to limit your mistakes and hopefully you learn from that type of game.”

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