PINE VALLEY, N.Y. -- Elmira accomplished something no other team has done all season, defeat No. 1 Plattsburgh State. Cassidy Delainey played the hero, scoring the game-winning goal late in the first period to seal Elmira's first win against Plattsburgh in more than two years. Elmira netminder Lisa Marshall made 37 saves and Elmira moves into sole possession of first place in the ECAC West Conference.
The Cardinals entered the game boasting the nation's top offense and defense, and an 18-game unbeaten streak. Maybe more intimidating was that Plattsburgh had outscored its opponents 98-4 entering the game, not allowing one multi-goal game all season.
"I think the game plan that we had in store was something to counter their offensive threats, their puck movement, and their ability to make plays," Elmira head coach Dean Jackson said. "I think our team really did a fantastic job executing our game plan. Our defensive core did a fantastic job at our blue line, eliminating any zone entries by taking away their time and space at the blue, forcing them to make chips instead of line rushes and that was the difference."
Then with the first period coming to a close, Elmira would make the most of their opportunities when Ashton Hogan fired a shot from the point which would deflect off Plattsburgh State goalie Syndey Aveson's pads. Although the initial shot was denied, it would be the follow-up attempt off the rebound that would give Elmira its first lead of the game as Delainey punched home the game's opening goal, and eventual game winner, with just 47 seconds remaining in the first.
No. 2 Middlebury 3, Connecticut College 2 (OT)
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Sara Ugalde poked home a rebound with 57 seconds left in overtime to give Middlebury a 3-2 victory against Connecticut College (8-9-3, 3-7-3) in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (15-1-3, 10-0-3) improve their unbeaten streak to 13 games and remain unbeaten in NESCAC play.
Middlebury tied the game midway through the second period with a goal at the 11:12 mark. Victoria Laven’s shot from the left point was tipped in by Anna Van Kula for her second of the year.
Middlebury moved on top with a power play goal at the 17:11 mark of the second. After the initial shot by Carly Watson was saved, Emily Fluke poked home the rebound for her team-leading 12th of the season. Middlebury held a 16-5 shots advantage in the period and headed into the locker room with a 2-1 lead.
The Camels tied the game with 5:54 remaining after a scramble in the crease area. Ashley Anctil’s shot from the right side was saved with the rebound bouncing in the air and falling at the feet of Dumont, who finish for her second of the game and team-leading ninth of the season.
No. 4 Amherst 6, Williams 2
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Amherst defeated Little Three rival Williams on Friday night in NESCAC play, 6-2. Both teams sported pink accents in support of those affected by breast cancer.
The Jeffs improved to 7-2-2 in league play and 11-5-3 overall. Williams dropped to 8-2-1 following the loss and 11-7-1 on the season.
After two closely contested periods, the away team pulled ahead in the final frame with three unanswered goals.
The Jeffs struck first, registering a goal after 5:25 of play. Lynndy Smith got a shot off which Eph netminder Margaret Draper blocked, but Courtney Baranek collected the rebound and slid it past Draper to earn her team an early 1-0 lead. Caitlyn Ryan was also credited with an assist.
Eph penalties in the final period proved to be costly, as the Jeffs would score back-to-back goals, both coming on the power play. The first came from Smith, set up by Baranek with 12:04 to play. Two minutes later, Smith was back in on the action and set up teammate Emily Flom, who sent one home to give Amherst a 5-2 lead.
Bethel (Minn.) 5, No. 8 St. Thomas (Minn.) 3
BLAINE, Minn. -- Megan Juricko's scored twice but St. Thomas (Minn.) lost 5-3 Friday night to Bethel (Minn.) in conference play.
The Tommies (13-4-3 overall, 10-1-2 MIAC) never led and had a 10-game unbeaten streak halted. UST is tied with Gustavus Adolphus for the MIAC lead with five games remaining, two points ahead of third place Bethel.
Cristina Masten scored twice for Bethel, which also got goals from Megan Juricko, Erin Harper and Lindsay Burman.
No. 9 Gustavus Adolphus 3, St. Catherine 0
ST. PETER, Minn. -- Gustavus Adolphus got a goal in each period as it defeated St. Catherine 3-0 on Friday night.
Allison Eder-Zdechlik scored in the first and third periods to bring her season total to 17 while Marissa Brandt scored her second in the second period.
Lindsey Hibbard made 22 saves, including 10 in the third, to earn the win.
No. 10 Norwich 5, Manhattanville 1
STAMFORD, Conn. -- Junior forward Vanessa Champagne scored twice, while senior defenseman Brittany Sharman and sophomore defenseman Taylor Cross each tallied three assists as Norwich won its ninth consecutive game with a 5-1 victory against Manhattanville at the Terry Conners Rink.
Norwich (18-3-0, 13-0-0 ECAC East) continued its perfect league record to date and is just three wins shy from becoming the first ECAC East team to go through an entire season without a blemish.