POTSDAM, N.Y.—Top-ranked Plattsburgh State (21-0-2, 13-0-1 ECAC West) shutout the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (8-13-2, 4-9-1) 6-0 at Cheel Arena on Sunday afternoon. Junior forward Ali Vakos led the Cardinals with two goals and an assist and junior forward Chelsea VanGlahn also had a three-point day with a goal and two assists. Bears senior goalie Jen Conophy made 40 saves
After a slow start to the contest, the Cardinals struck quickly. At 5:46, sophomore forward Emma Rutherford scored on a pass from senior forward Teal Gove at the right side of the net. Two minutes later, junior forward Ali Vakos wrapped the puck around a sprawling Jen Conophy for a 2-0 advantage. Potsdam's best opportunity came with just under two minutes left in the period. Junior forward Jen Crawford broke in to the Cardinals zone on the right side and fired. Cardinal junior goalie Sydney Aveson made a routine save and then dove across the crease to deflect the puck out of harm's way after Crawford got away another shot off the rebound. Plattsburgh outshot the Bears 19-6 in the first period.
The Cardinals continued to control the play in the second period. Conophy was especially sharp in the second period, turning aside 15 Plattsburgh shots. VanGlahn got the only goal of the second period after she picked off a pass on her own blue, went the length of the ice and roofed the puck over Conophy's left shoulder. The Cardinals led 3-0 after 40 minutes.
Plattsburgh broke the game open with three goals in the final period. Sophomore forward Shannon Stewart scored a power-play goal just 2:04 into the third period. Two minutes later sophomore Alyssa Parke made it a 5-0 contest. Vakos struck again at the 16:11 mark to close the scoring at 6-0.
Aveson finished with 15 saves for her sixth shutout of the season. The Cardinals were 1-4 on the power play and the Bears were 0-2.
Potsdam hosts Buffalo State next Saturday and Sunday with a playoff spot on the line. The Bears face the Bengals at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.