MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Top-ranked Plattsburgh State (6-0-1) broke open a tied game with five third-period goals on its way to an 8-3 win against eighth-ranked Amherst (1-2-0) in the opening game of the Panther/Cardinal Classic hosted by Middlebury.

The first half of the first period saw six highlight reel goals scored in a 3:18 span. The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead when Breanne Bennett fished the puck out of the corner and found Kenzie Menzak in front for the goal. Plattsburgh made it a 2-0 game just 31 seconds later when Jenny Kistner drove to the net and scored for her fifth of the year.

Amherst got on the board at the six-minute mark, when Eileen Harris tipped in a shot from Haley Opperman. Tori Salmon won the ensuing face-off back to Geneva Lloyd, who skated just inside the blue line before scoring with a blast from the left point to tie the game at two.

Plattsburgh State regained the lead just 42 seconds later on a give-and-go between Allison Era and Kistner, with Era finishing the play at 7:10. Amherst scored 51 seconds later, with Salmon finding Emily Flom from her knees in the slot to tie the game at three.

The Cardinals had a chance to regain the lead at the 14:32 mark, but Morgan MacInnis was denied by a save from Kerri Stuart. The period ended with Plattsburgh holding a 10-3 advantage in shots, with all three Amherst shots finding the back of the net.

After a scoreless second period, Emma Rutherford put Plattsburgh back on top nine minutes into the third period. Era made a cross-ice pass from the right wing to Rutherford, who redirected the pass into the back of the net. 43 seconds later on a delayed penalty, the Cardinals made it a 5-3 game when Bennett found Kistner with a centering pass.

Plattsburgh took a 6-3 lead on the 100th career point for Teal Gove. Gove scored off the post with an assist from Era, becoming the eighth player in program history to reach the 100-point mark.

Gove added her second of the game at 15:13 before Chelsea VanGlahn added a power-play goal on the final pass, tipping in a pass from Andrea Ziesmann.

Sydney Aveson made 10 saves in goal for Plattsburgh, while Stuart finished with 23 stops for Amherst. Plattsburgh outshot Amherst 31-13.