No. 2/3 Plattsburgh defeats Bears women's hockey, 4-0
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – No. 2 Plattsburgh State (20-2, 14-0 NEWHL) completed the weekend sweep of the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (8-11-3, 5-6-2 NEWHL) on Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 victory. Bears sophomore goaltender Samantha White (Oceanside, N.Y./Anaheim Lady Ducks) stopped 28 of 32 shots she faced on the day, while junior goalie Kayla McCabe (Watertown, N.Y./Syracuse Nationals) didn't allow a goal in the third period, stopping 14 shots after relieving White.
Play started evenly in the first period with back and forth action. Just about five minutes in, the Cardinals went on their first power play opportunity of the game. After sustaining pressure for the first half of the power play, the Cardinals took a penalty of their own leading to four-on-four play, but nothing came from the chance. With two minutes to go in the period, the Cardinals found the back of the net on a strong individual effort by Mackenzie Millen. Following the goal, the Bears turned up the pressure attempting to tie it up before intermission but were unable to solve Cardinal goaltender Kassi Abbott.The Cardinals started the second period right where they left off, scoring their second goal of the game just 13 seconds in. Seven minutes later, freshman forward Stephanie Dunlap (Bath, Mich./Meijer U19 AAA) was whistled for a five-minute major, leaving Potsdam shorthanded for an extended period of time. The Cardinals were unable to capitalize on the first portion of the unreleasable major penalty and once again took a penalty while on the power play. Both penalties expired with the score remaining unchanged. Later in the period with the Cardinals on a 4-on-3 advantage, Plattsburgh was able to net its third goal of the game on a shot from the point by Hannah Kiraly. More penalties followed and the Bears were again shorthanded. After Potsdam killed off the penalty, Abby Brush buried Plattsburgh's fourth goal of the day. The teams headed to the locker room with the score 4-0 in favor of Plattsburgh.
The Bears finally shut the door on the Plattsburgh offense in the third period. McCabe dazzled in goal, stopping all 14 shots she faced in the period. Plattsburgh still controlled the play, but the Bears were able to tighten up their defensive coverage and contain the Cardinals' talent.
The Cardinals outshot the Bears 46-11 on the night, while also having their way in the faceoff circle. Plattsburgh went 1-5 on the power play, while Potsdam went 0-4. Abbott made 11 saves in net for the Cardinals, earning her 20th victory of the season.
The Bears are back in action next weekend as they take on Oswego State on the road at 7 p.m. on Friday to open a home-and-home showdown with playoff positions on the line.