Plattsburgh State earns seventh semifinal appearance with win against St. Norbert
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- A pair of goals from Teal Gove helped lead Plattsburgh State to a 5-2 win in the NCAA quarterfinals against St. Norbert on Saturday afternoon at the Stafford Ice Arena.
The victory secured Plattsburgh State’s spot in the NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championships on Friday and Saturday in Superior, Wis. The trip west will be the seventh NCAA semifinals appearance for the Cardinals, who improved to 26-0-2 on the year.
With the loss, the Green Knights closed out the season at 18-10-2.
Plattsburgh State grabbed control of the game early in the first period when Mia Favretto’s pass from the right point found Gove at the back door and the Cardinals’ leading scorer drilled in home to make it 1-0 at the 3:14 mark.
With the Cardinals on the power play, Allison Era threw a shot on net from just inside the blue line that was knocked away by St. Norbert goaltender Kaley Gibson. Gibson was unable to hold on to the puck and Chelsea VanGlahn lifted the rebound over the goaltender’s glove side with three seconds left in the first to give Plattsburgh State a 2-0 lead.
Gove picked up her second of the afternoon through the five-hole of Gibson, scoring off Emma Rutherford’s rebound at 14:54 of the second period to stretch the lead to 3-0. Gove leads the Cardinals with 27 goals on the year.
Shannon Stewart got in on the action at 18:03 punching in her own rebound to push the score to 4-0 in favor of the Cardinals. Allison Era was credited with an assist on Stewart’s goal.
The Green Knights got on the board at 8:14 of the third on Zoe Kurth’s 12th of the year. Kurth stole the puck in the neutral zone, skated in and put her shot through the legs of Plattsburgh State goaltender Sydney Aveson to bring St. Norbert within three.
St. Norbert started to gain some momentum midway through the final period, causing Plattsburgh State Head Coach Kevin Houle to call a timeout at 10:02 to refocus the Cardinals. Despite the timeout, the visitors struck again at 16:23 when St. Norbert’s leading scorer Henriette Ostergaard found the back of the net to make it a 4-2 game. Ostergaard trapped the puck at the blue line and had her initial shot blocked by a Cardinals’ defender before scoring on the rebound for her 16th of the season.
The Cardinals quickly regained a three-goal lead, answering back 45 seconds later on Emma Rutherford’s goal. Rutherford went end-to-end and used a toe-drag to get around a defender before scoring off the backhand to make it 5-2.
Aveson recorded 13 saves to improve to 22-0-2 for the Cardinals. Gibson gave the Green Knights a strong effort between the pipes, stopping 16 shots in the second period and 33 overall for St. Norbert.