No. 2/3 Cardinals top Bears women's hockey
POTSDAM, N.Y. – No. 2 Plattsburgh State (19-2, 13-0 NEWHL) scored multiple goals in each period to defeat the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team (8-10-3, 5-5-2 NEWHL) Friday night by a final score of 7-0. Bears junior goalie Alexa Pfeiffer (Sylvania, Ohio/Little Caesar's) made 22 saves on 27 shots, while junior goalie Kayla McCabe (Watertown, N.Y./Syracuse Nationals) recorded 17 saves on 19 shots after relieving Pfeiffer in the second period.
The Cardinal's came out of the gate quickly, outshooting the Bears 17-7 in the opening stanza of play. Pfeiffer stood firm in net to start the period, allowing the Bears to gain momentum and generate some quality scoring opportunities. Just before the halfway point in the period, the Cardinals gained possession in their offensive zone following a large scrum in the corner. Cardinal forward Taylor Whitney was able to bank the puck into the net off of Pfeiffer's right leg from an awkward angle below the goal line to give her team a 1-0 lead. Play continued evenly for the next half of the period with great scoring chances by both teams. Freshman forward Stephanie Dunlap (Bath, Mich./Meijer U19 AAA) had the best chance for the Bears in the period when she caused a turnover at the Cardinals blue line and went in on a breakaway, nearly tying the game on a shot that just sailed over the crossbar. With just under three minutes to play in the period, the Cardinals struck again to take a 2-0 lead into intermission on a goal by Nicole Unsworth.The Cardinals stormed out of the break on a tear, scoring three goals in the second period. Just 1:24 into the period, Annie Katonka scored to put the visitors up 3-0. The score would remain the same for the next ten minutes of play until Courtney Moriarity struck twice in a 1:19 span to stretch the Cardinal lead to 5-0. The period would end with the score unchanged.
Plattsburgh's dominance would continue into the third period as they tallied two more goals from Whitney and Katonka en route to a 7-0 final. Both goals came in the opening half of the period, with the Cardinals striking once on the power play. The Bears continued to hang tough until the bitter end, looking to get on the board, but were overpowered by the Cardinals.
Kassi Abbott made 13 saves in net for the Cardinals, earning her 19th victory of the season. Plattsburgh went 1-2 on the power play, while Potsdam went 0-3. These two teams look to get a good night's sleep before their rematch tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Plattsburgh.