Drew-Mead, Katonka lead Cardinals past Lakers

KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOPlattsburgh State's Annie Katonka (47) works her way through Oswego's Madison Byrne (5) and Annika Neufield-Kreider (2) during a Northeast Women's Hockey League game Friday at Stafford Ice Arena.

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State rode a six-goal second period to a 7-1 rout of the Oswego State Lakers Friday night.

The Cardinal offense was led by right wing Kaitlin Drew-Mead, who added three goals and an assist to her team-leading five points.

She opened the scoring for Plattsburgh (4-0-0, 4-0-0) 10:30 into the first period when center Holly Schmelzer fed her a one-timer pass from the left-corner boards.

That was the only goal in a period where the Cardinals outshot the Lakers (2-1-0, 0-1-0) 19-1.

Things went a little differently in the second.

“We did a lot right in the first period,” Drew-Mead said. “The big thing to fix was just putting pucks in the back of the net, and that’s what we did.”

Drew-Mead added her other two goals in the middle frame, with Annie Katonka adding a pair of her own while Erin McArdle and Maggie Blair each netted single tallies. Blair’s goal was the first of her career at Plattsburgh.

“I was just really happy with the effort and the execution in those first two periods,” Cardinals’ head coach Kevin Houle said. “First period, we could have had three or four goals, and in the second period, they started to go in, which was nice to see.”

Oswego goalie Rachel Farmer did her best to keep the Lakers in the game, stopping several attempts in the crease before the Cardinals’ fourth goal finally went in, but she was replaced by Tia Trovato after letting in six goals on 30 shots.

Plattsburgh goalie Lilla Nease’s shutout bid was spoiled when Oswego’s Avery Webster scored the Lakers’ lone goal with 1:45 left in the game.

The Cardinals scored on two of six of the power plays they received, while blanking Oswego on all three opportunities the Lakers had.

“I thought the kill was key,” Houle said. “The power play moved the puck well, and we were able to put away a couple there, but we got to be sharper, I think, and get some better opportunities.”

And they’ll quickly get a chance to find those better opportunities, as Plattsburgh will finish off back-to-back games against the Lakers Saturday at 3 p.m. back at Stafford Ice Arena.

“They have some quality players, so, if you’re sleeping and think you’re going to walk through them, it’ll be a game,” Houle said. “We were relentless today, and hopefully we can carry that into tomorrow.”

Plattsburgh State 7, Oswego 1

Oswego 0 0 1 — 1

Plattsburgh State 1 6 0 — 7

First period- 1, PSU, Drew-Mead (Scmelzer, Brush) 10:30

Penalties- Walker, PSU (body-checking), 7:43. Shines, OSW (body-checking), 12:41.

Second period- 2, PSU, Katonka (Krauseneck, Kiraly), 0:34. 3, PSU, Drew-Mead (McArdle), 2:48. 4, PSU, McArdle (Kiraly, Krauseneck) 9:00. 5, PSU, Blair (Drew-Mead), 14:46. 6, PSU, Katonka (Wasik, Brush),15:29. 7, PSU, Drew-Mead (Boric, Benjamin), 18:40.

Penalties- Morisette, OSW (cross-checking), 3:35. Teachout, OSW (hooking), 8:10. Boric, PSU (body-checking), 10:36. Teggart, OSW (body-checking), 18:23.

Third period- 8, OSW, Webster (unassisted), 18:15.

Penalties- Teggart, OSW (holding), 12:08. Krauseneck, PSU (goalie interference), 13:34. Teggart, OSW (slashing), 18:50.

Shots on goal

Oswego 1 2 8 — 11

Plattsburgh State 19 20 7 — 46

Goaltenders (shots-saves)- Farmer, OSW, 30-24, Trovato, OSW, 9-8. Nease, PSU, 11-10.


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