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DIII: Plattsburgh State bounces back from loss with OT win against Elmira

PINE VALLEY, N.Y. -- After suffering its first loss of the season Friday night, Chelsea VanGlahn scored the game-winning goal with 1:12 left in overtime to lift top-ranked Plattsburgh State  to a 2-1 win against No. 3 Elmira at the Murray Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.

Saturday's game began much like Friday's matchup with the Cardinals bringing a heavy offensive attack in the first period. Plattsburgh State outshot Elmira 19-8 through the first 20 minutes but both sides remained scoreless at the first intermission.

The Cardinals broke through at the 4:58 mark of the second period when Jordan Caldwell's wrist shot beat Elmira goaltender Lisa Marshall to give Plattsburgh State a 1-0 lead. Shannon Stewart and Bridget Balisy picked up assists on Caldwell's ninth of the year. Despite a couple opportunities by the Soaring Eagles, Plattsburgh State was able to keep Elmira off the board and maintain the one-goal lead through the first two periods.

Early in the third, Ali Vakos had a chance to extend Plattsburgh State's lead with a breakaway shortly after the 5:00 mark. Vakos made a quick move to the left and firing a wrist shot, but Marshall came up with the save to deny Vakos.

Elmira tied it up at 9:34 of the third period when a scrum in front of the Cardinals' net led to trouble for Plattsburgh State. In the scrum, the puck bounced out of reach of Plattsburgh State goaltender Sydney Aveson and Elmira's Tanis Lamoureux found the back of the net to make it a 1-1 game.

Plattsburgh State came out flying at in the extra session, outshooting Elmira 9-1, before VanGlahn's would sneak past Marshall at the 3:48 mark of overtime. Giovanna Senese was credited with the assist on VanGlahn's seventh of the year to give the Cardinals the 2-1 win.

The Cardinals finished the afternoon with a 58-34 edge in shots on goal. Aveson recorded 33 saves to earn her 14th win of the year. Marshall made 56 stops in the loss for Elmira.

No. 2 Middlebury 3, Connecticut College 0

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Annabelle Jones recorded her fourth shutout this season racking up 22 saves between the pipes leading Middlebury to a 3-0 victory against Connecticut College (8-10-3, 3-8-3) on Saturday afternoon in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (16-1-3, 11-0-3) move their unbeaten streak to 14 games (11-0-3) and remain atop the NESCAC standings.

Following a scoreless first period, Middlebury turned the pressure up in the offensive zone in the second stanza from the opening face-off. At 3:05, the Panthers got on the scoreboard when Mackenzie Martin scored her fourth goal of the season. Martin received a pass right from Victoria Laven on her stick as she came directly off the bench following a line change and laced a one-timer into the top-right corner.

The hosts nearly doubled their advantage with just under three minutes left in the second when a shot by Carly Watson was redirected just in front of the Camel goal and caromed off the left pipe. Just 40 seconds before the intermission, Katie Sullivan gave the Panthers a 2-0 edge with her 12th goal this winter when she tipped in a shot by Julia Wardwell after a pass from along the boards by Katie Mandigo.

At 5:55 of the third period, Emily Fluke tallied the final goal of the afternoon when she recorded her team-leading 13th score this season on a wrister from just outside the dot. Watson was credited with her team-high 18th assist on the goal. Jones preserved her clean sheet with a pair of nifty saves, one with her glove and another with her paddle, in the closing minutes.

Jones remains unbeaten this season in net for Middlebury with an 11-0-3 record, while Kelsie Fralick (5-8-3) tallied 29 stops for the Camels in the loss.

No. 9 Gustavus Adolphus 3, St. Catherine 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Gustavus Adolphus defeated St. Catherine by the final score of 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at Drake Arena thanks in large part to three second-period goals.

The Wildcats scored late in the third period, but it was too little, too late, as the Gusties walked away with the win. With this afternoon’s result, Gustavus improves to 14-5-2 overall and 12-2-0 in the MIAC, while St. Catherine drops to 10-9-1 overall and 7-6-1 in league play.

No. 10 Amherst 2, Williams 2

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Eileen Harris scored with four seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime as Amherst skated to a 2-2 draw at Williams on Saturday.

After taking a 6-2 contest last night against the Ephs (11-7-2, 8-2-2 NESCAC), the Jeffs fell short of moving ahead of their archrival in the league standings and are now 11-5-4 overall and 7-2-3 in the conference.

After nearly 20 minutes of scoreless play, the Ephs got on the board first. With 1:48 remaining in the period, the Ephs took advantage of a power play when Cristina Bravi notched her 17th goal of the season with help from Hanna Beattie and Gwendolyn Schultz . Schultz came up the ice, started cutting the seam and dropped the puck to Beattie, who hit Bravi backdoor.

Neither team could break the tie in the overtime period, as Chloe Billadeau stopped the four shots that came her way and Evans fended off six Eph shots. Both goaltenders concluded the evening with 28 saves.

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