PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- Four Cardinals contributed three points apiece as top-ranked Plattsburgh State shut out Buffalo State 8-0 in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West game Sunday afternoon at the Stafford Ice Arena.
Shannon Stewart put up the first two Plattsburgh State goals. With the Cardinals on the power play, Stewart tipped in Allison Era's shot from the right point at 9:07 of the first period before adding another less than two minutes later to give Plattsburgh State a 2-0 lead after one period.
Bridget Balisy opened the second period with her third goal of the year at the 5:47 mark from Jenny Kistner and Caitlin Gilligan. Less than three minutes later, Alyssa Parke scored a power-play goal on a shot from the top of the left circle to make it 4-0. The offense was relentless as Mel Ames put away her first collegiate goal 50 seconds later and Jordan Caldwell closed out the period with another power-play goal with 2:10 left in the period.
Ames completed the hat trick with two more goals in the third period to round out the scoring for the Cardinals. At 11:15 of the final period, Ames buried a shot from the top of the slot before she added a short-handed goal at 14:10.
In addition to Ames' three goals, Stewart added two goals and an assist. Katelyn Turk and Allison Era each added three assists.
The Cardinals spent most of the afternoon in the Bengals' end, outshooting Buffalo State 55-11. Plattsburgh State went 3-for-4 on the power play while the Bengals finished the day 0-for-4.
Freshman goaltender Cami Leonard made her first start between the pipes for the Cardinals, making 11 saves to earn the shutout in her first collegiate win. Buffalo State's Jordan Lee suffered the loss with 34 saves while Sarah Quigley stepped in for the third period with 13 stops.
With the win, Plattsburgh State remains unbeaten with a 6-0-0 record and a 3-0-0 mark in conference play. Buffalo State drops to 0-5-0 overall and 0-4-0 in the ECAC West.