Women's Hockey Falls To Plattsbugh In Tourney Final

November 18, 2007

Plattsburgh captured the third annual Panther/Cardinal Classic Tournament as they defeated Middlebury 3-2 in the Kenyon Arena. Danielle Blanchard scored a natural hat-trick in the third period to lift the Cardinals to the win, earning tournament M.V.P. honors. Plattsburgh improves to 6-0 on the year, while Middlebury drops to 1-1. The Cardinals now sport a 35-game unbeaten streak, dating back to a 3-1 loss to Middlebury in the '06 NCAA title game.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 12:32 into the first period when Annmarie Cellino's shot was saved before Anna McNally stuffed home the rebound for a shorthanded goal.

Plattsburgh had a great chance to tie the game at the 15-minute mark, as Danielle Blanchard saw her one-timer from the slot saved by Middlebury rookie netminder, Lexi Bloom. The Cardinals had a late power play, including 53 seconds of five-on-three play, but could not get the find the back of the net.

Middlebury took a 2-0 lead in the second period, when Julia Ireland took advantage of a turnover and scored from the low slot.

Plattsburgh made it a one-goal game with a power play goal 4:16 into the third period. Shay Bywater's shot from the right point was tipped by Stephanie Moberg, before Blanchard put home the rebound in the slot.

The Cardinals tied the game at 8:17 and Blanchard and Bywater worked a perfect give-and-go with Blanchard netting her second of the period to tie the game at two.

Blanchard notched the hat-trick at 15:06 as she put home a rebound after a shot from Moberg was saved.

Middlebury pulled its goaltender in the final minute, but could not get the equalizer.

Earning a spot on the all-tournament team were: Tracey Ferriter (Williams), Kayla Coady (Elmira), Annmarie Cellino (Middlebury), Shay Bywater (Plattsburgh), Anna McNally (Middlebury), Danielle Beattie (Plattsburgh) and Danielle Blanchard (Plattsburgh-MVP).

Date: November 18, 2007 - 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Plattsburgh (6-0) 0 0 3 - 3
Middlebury (1-1) 1 1 0 - 2

M-1st (12:32) - SH: Anna McNally (Annmarie Cellino)
M-2nd (10:56) - Julia Ireland
P-3rd (4:16) - PP: Danielle Blanchard (Stephanie Moberg, Shay Bywater)
P-3rd (8:17) - Blanchard (Bywater)
P-3rd (15:06) - Blanchard (Moberg)

Lexi Bloom-M (59:12 min., 17 saves, 3 GA)
Danielle Beattie-P (60 min., 15 saves, 2 GA)