Top-ranked Plattsburgh State has no trouble with Chatham in 5-2 win
PITTSBURGH -- Jordan's Caldwell's goal in the second period served as the game winner as Plattsburgh State defeated Chatham 5-2 in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West matchup Sunday afternoon.
After putting up four points on Saturday night, Bridget Balisy kickstarted the offense in Sunday's game scoring the Cardinals' first two goals. Balisy put Plattsburgh State on the board at the 8:41 mark of the first period with an assist before making it a 2-0 game at 13:32 with a power-play goal from Giovanna Senese and Tyne Gove.
Chatham fought its way back into the game, cutting the Cardinals' lead in half when Brianna Rice scored her 10th of the year at 15:13 of the first. The Cougars tied it up at 2-2 just 21 seconds into the second period on Katrina Hawkins' eighth of the season from Rice.
Despite the brief scare, it was all Plattsburgh State the rest of the way with Caldwell netting the go-ahead goal on the power play at 4:32 of the second. Allison Era picked up an assist on Caldwell's 11th of the year.
Chelsea VanGlahn found the back of the net with 14 seconds left in the middle frame to give the Cardinals a two-goal lead before Gove rounded out the scoring with his fifth of the year at the 2:30 mark of the third.
In addition to Balisy's two goals, Caldwell and Gove each contributed a goal and an assist in the win.
The Cardinals outshot the Cougars 55-10 which included 27 shots for Plattsburgh State in the second period. The Cardinals went 2-for-3 on the power play while Chatham was unsuccessful on its only power play opportunity.
Rookie goaltender Cami Leonard improved to 3-0-0 for Plattsburgh State with eight saves. Chatham's Megan Buchanan stopped 50 shots in the loss for the Cougars.
With the win, Plattsburgh State improves to 21-1-1 overall and 13-1-0 in the ECAC West. Chatham drops to 4-17-2 on the year and 3-11-0 in the league. The Cardinals remain tied with Elmira atop the ECAC West standings as both teams enter the final week of the regular season with 26 points.