Top-ranked Plattsburgh State scores late, beats Oswego State 1-0
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- A late goal in the second period proved to be enough for Plattsburgh State to earn a 1-0 win against Oswego State in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West game Friday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena.
Despite outshooting the Lakers 18-6 through the first period, the Cardinals had nothing to show for it as both teams remained locked in a scoreless tie at the first intermission. Oswego State kept visiting Plattsburgh State at bay until the final minute of the second period when Chelsea VanGlahn broke up the tie.
With the Cardinals just coming off a power play, VanGlahn netted the game-winning goal with 28 seconds in the middle frame to give Plattsburgh State all it would need to secure the win. Giovanna Senese picked up an assist on VanGlahn's 11th of the year.
Both squads' penalty kill units shined in Friday's matchup. The Cardinals killed off five penalties while the Lakers avoided damage on eight different penalties.
Plattsburgh State finished the night with a 35-18 advantage in shots on goals. Cardinals' goaltender Sydney Aveson earned her 12th shutout of the season to improve to 16-1-1 on the year. Oswego State goaltender Bridget Smith made a career-high 34 saves in the loss for the Lakers.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 22-1-1 overall and 14-1-0 in the ECAC West. Oswego State drops to 16-7-1 overall and 10-4-1 against league opponents.
T7 Gustavus Adolphus 3, Bethel (Minn.) 2
BLAINE, Minn. -- Allison Eder-Zdechlik scored two goals in a 3-2 win against Bethel for Gustavus on Friday night at the National Sports Center. With the win, the Gusties improve to 16-6-2 overall and 14-3-0 in the MIAC, while the Royals drop to 16-6-2 overall and 12-5-0 in league play. T
With conference title hopes on the line heading into this weekend’s final regular season series, Gustavus set the tone early on Friday night, scoring a goal in the opening minute to take an early 1-0 lead. The goal came just 47 seconds after the opening face off when Melissa Doyle put the puck away after receiving assists from Halie Gudmonson and Emily Reibert.
The goal was Doyle’s 10th of the season and would prove to be the only score of the opening period, as the two squads played to a scoreless tie for the remaining 19-plus minutes. Not only did Gustavus set the tone with the early goal, it also outshot Bethel by a count of 12-5 in the opening frame.
No. 9 St. Thomas (Minn.) 5, Saint Benedict 2
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. -- Tara Baago assisted on the tying goal in period two and scored two in period three as St. Thomas (Minn.) scored a 5-2 win Friday night against St. Benedict in a conference game.
UST and Gustavus remained tied for the MIAC lead with one game left. The Toms are home to face the Blazers, while Gustavus hosts third-place Bethel.
Christina Rozeske scored two goals in the opening frame for a 2-0 Tommie lead. UST had a 54-17 advantage in shots on goal.
The Tommies (16-5-3 overall, 13-2-2 MIAC) is looking to win or share the MIAC title for the first time in 10 seasons.
No. 10 Amherst 3, Bowdoin 1
AMHERST, Mass. -- Snapping a three-game losing skid to Bowdoin, Amherst improved to 13-5-5 (9-2-4 NESCAC) on the season with a 3-1 victory against the Polar Bears at Sidney Watson Arena.
With neither team able to light the lamp over the first 37:24, Amherst broke through late in the second period before adding two more in the third to drop its northern rivals to 10-10-3 (5-7-3 NESCAC) on the year.
Getting outshot 17-15 over the first two stanzas, Bowdoin turned the tables in the final frame, holding a 12-8 shot advantage, but it was not enough, as Amherst senior goaltender Kerri Stuart collected 26 saves to preserve the Jeff lead.
Locked in a closely contested game, Amherst held a 10-9 shot-on-goal advantage during a scoreless first period. Still looking for the contest’s first goal, the Jeffs finally solved the Bowdoin defense with a tally late in the middle frame.
Racing up ice on a power play, Courtney Baranek put a shot on target that forced a Beth Findley save. With the sophomore goalie unable to control the rebound, Baranek corralled her own miss and backhanded the go-ahead goal past a sprawling Findley at 17:24.
Just 2:06 later the Polar Bears answered. Madeline Lane got the play started by sending a shot in from the right point. Making her way to the front of the net, Chelsea MacNeil redirected the try past Stuart, pulling the home team even with just 30 seconds left in the period.
Hoping to regain its momentum, Amherst wasted little time finding the back of the net following the intermission. Sneaking a shot past Findley, Emily Flom scored her sixth of the season off of a Melissa Martin feed at 1:14. Still clinging to a one-goal margin late in the third, Eileen Harris gave the Jeffs a little breathing room, netting an insurance tally off a rebound in front with just 3:30 remaining in regulation.
Going 1-for-2 on the power play, the Jeffs did not concede a goal on the Polar Bears’ lone man-advantage, while finishing the game 21-of-39 on faceoffs. Findley made 22 saves in the loss.