UTICA, N.Y. -- Sydney Aveson recorded 26 saves as top-ranked Plattsburgh State topped No. 10 Utica 2-0 in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West Division game at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Saturday afternoon.
The win marked Aveson's 27th career shutout, which is more than any other NCAA Division III men's or women's goaltender. The previous women's record was 26, set by Manhattanville's Nicole Elliott from 2002-05. The men's record of 25 career shutouts was set by Kyle Jones of St. Norbert from 2005-08.
With a 12-0-1 mark and 10 shutouts on the season, Aveson has played a key role in a stingy Plattsburgh State defense that has allowed just four goals through 17 games.
No. 2 Middlebury 1, Bowdoin 1
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury scored early in the third period on the power play and forged a 1-1 tie with Bowdoin (8-6-2, 3-3-2) in NESCAC action Saturday afternoon in Kenyon Arena. The second-ranked Panthers (11-1-3, 7-0-3) possessed a narrow 31-29 shots advantage in a game that featured up and down action throughout all 65 minutes
Middlebury tied the game at 1-1 just 31 seconds into the third with the power play that carried over from the end of the second. Jennifer Krakower placed a low line-drive shot from just outside the right dot following quick passes across the zone from Carly Watson and Sara Ugalde. Neither team scored during the final 10 minutes of regulation as the game went into the extra period.
In the overtime session, the two teams utilized the NESCAC women’s overtime rule of skating 4-on-4 as both teams had a handful of opportunities. One of the biggest saves of the game came from Annabelle Jones with 25 seconds left. After Bowdoin won the faceoff, Chelsea MacNeil found an opening in the Panther zone and sent a quick, high and hard shot that Jones caught with her shoulder and preserved the tie.
No. 3 Elmira 2, Oswego State 1
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Elmira outshot the Lakers of Oswego State 40-13 but it would take an overtime goal by the Soaring Eagles to seal a 2-1 win. With the win, Elmira remains perfect in the ECAC West Conference and ups their season total road wins to nine games.
In the overtime period, Elmira's Brooke Wilgosh scored the game-winning goal on a slap shot that made its way through traffic with just 1:07 remaining in the game. For Wilgosh, it is her sixth goal of the season as well as her second game-winning goal.
Assisting on the game-winning score was Ashley Ryan and Ashton Hogan, both of whom finished with two points apiece. Hogan scored the game's opening goal, her team leading 11th of the season while Ryan assisted on both EC scores, upping her season point total to 29, a team high. Elmira goalie Lisa Marshall picked up her 10th win of the season as she turned away 12 shots.
No. 5 Wisconsin-River Falls 1, No. 6 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1
Wisconsin-River Falls skated to a 1-1 tie with Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers thanks to a late third period goal from Falcons freshman forward Dani Sibley.
The Falcons earned three points in the weekend series with UW-Stevens Point, pushing their WIAC record to 4-2-2. The Falcons had numerous overtime chances to send the Pointers home empty handed but settled for a tie, despite outshooting UW-Stevens Point 7-1 in the extra frame.
UWRF finished the evening 0-7 on the power play, while UW-Stevens Point went 0-4.
UW-Stevens Point still leads all-time series 20-24-5; they still momentarily hold first place in the WIAC by one point.
No. 7 Gustavus Adolphus 5, Saint Mary's (Minn.) 0
ST. PETER, Minn. -- Gustavus Adolphus put together its strongest 60 minutes of the season in a 5-0 win against Saint Mary’s on Saturday afternoon at Don Roberts Ice Rink.
The Gusties controlled the game throughout, taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission before adding three more goals in the second and one in the third on the way to victory. Five different Gustavus players scored on the afternoon, while goaltender Amanda Koep recorded her first win as a Gustie in shutout fashion.
With this afternoon’s result, Gustavus improves to 12-3-2 overall and 10-0-0 in the MIAC, while Saint Mary’s falls to 5-11-1 overall and 3-7-0 in league play.