PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – A three-goal lead for No. 1 Plattsburgh was quickly erased in the second by No. 3 Elmira, but Teal Gove came through on the power-play to lift the Cardinals to a 5-4 win at the Stafford Ice Arena in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West Division contest. Plattsburgh also defeated Elmira 4-1 on Saturday.
The Cardinals (16-0-1, 9-0-0 ECAC West) got off to a quick start when Emma Rutherford was able to bang home her own rebound at the 1:04 mark. Five minutes later, Andrea Ziesmann took a shot from the left point that Shannon Stewart deflected over the glove of Lisa Marshall to give Plattsburgh a 2-0 lead.
Elmira (15-3-1, 10-2-0 ECAC West) got one back on the power-play at 7:40 when Tanis Lamoureux picked up a loose puck behind the net and fired a shot through the screen that sailed just to the right of Sydney Aveson.
Stewart picked the puck out of the corner and carried it to the slot before letting go of a shot that flew over the shoulder of Marshall, off the crossbar and into the net to make it 3-1 Plattsburgh at 9:34. Twenty-one seconds later, Morgan MacInnis took a pass from Gove along the back board before tapping a shot that just trickled over the goal line for the Cardinals’ fourth goal.
In the second period, Ashton Hogan scored a pair of goals in a 2:12 span. Hogan’s first goal was a shot from along the boards that ricocheted off the foot of Aveson and in with just 44 seconds gone to make it a 4-2 game. A cross-ice pass from Caitlin Metcalf provided the setup for Hogan’s second of the period at 2:56 to bring the Soaring Eagles within one.
With just five minutes left in the second period, Madison Johnston took a shot from the point that was deflected by a Plattsburgh defender but the puck dropped in the slot and Ashley Ryan got a stick on it to score her 11th of the year and knot the game at four at 14:36.
The Soaring Eagles were whistled for too many players on the ice later in the period, giving the Cardinals a power-play chance. Caitlin Gilligan made a point-to-point pass to Allison Era, who found Gove perched to the left of Marshall. Gove’s shot from down low slid under the pads of the Elmira goaltender, putting the Cardinals up 5-4 at 17:40 of the second.
The game settled down in the third, with neither side able to score. Plattsburgh prevailed in a crucial point of the final period as the Cardinals were called for back-to-back penalties. The Cardinals were able to kill off Elmira’s 5-on-3 and maintain the one-goal lead.
Plattsburgh finished with a slight 27-22 advantage in shots on goal. The Cardinals went 1-for-5 on the power-play while the Soaring Eagles went 1-for-4.
Aveson recorded 18 saves to improve to 13-0-1 for Plattsburgh. Marshall made 22 stops in his first loss of the year for Elmira.