Women's Hockey Falls To Top-Ranked Plattsburgh

December 1, 2013

Top-ranked Plattsburgh remained unbeaten as they earned at 2-0 road win at #2 Middlebury (5-1) at the ninth annual Panther/Cardinal Classic. The Cardinals move to 9-0-1 and have surrendered just one goal this season. The Panthers return to action on Saturday when they host Castleton.

Plattsburgh had an edge in the first period, holding an 11-5 shots advantage. The Panthers nearly took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period on the power play. Hannah Bielawski’s shot was saved by Sydney Aveson before Katie Sullivan was denied on a rebound attempt.

The Cardinals got on the board first 6:43 into the second period. Chelsea VanGlahn sent a backhander towards the goal from the high slot that was partially saved by Panther goaltender Madeline Marsh. The rebound sat near the goal line as Giovanna Senese poked it in for her third of the year and a 1-0 lead.

The Panthers looked to tie the game on the power play midway through the period, but Madeline Joyce was denied by a big glove save from Aveson.

Plattsburgh put on some pressure at the 16:35 mark, but Marsh denied good looks from Jenny Kistner and Jordan Lipson. Less than a minute later, Allison Era hit the crossbar with a blast from the high slot. The Cardinals closed the period on a power play, but Marsh kept it a 1-0 game. Middlebury outshot Plattsburgh 10-6 in the second session.

The Cardinals made it a 2-0 game midway through the third period with the third of the season from Senese. Era found VanGlahn on the left side, who quickly centered a pass to Senese for the one-timer in the slot.

Middlebury’s best chance to score with under five minutes remaining was thwarted by another glove save from Aveson, this time robbing Sullivan.

The shots were even in the game at 21, with Marsh making 19 stops for the Panthers. Aveson earned 21 saves on the day to take home tournament MVP honors.

The shutout was the first for the Panthers suffered at home since a scoreless tie on January 16th of 2010 with Amherst.

All-Tournament Team: Sydney Aveson (Plattsburgh), Giovanna Senese (Plattsburgh), Allison Era (Plattsburgh), Katie Sullivan (Middlebury), Carly Watson (Middlebury), Hayley Opperman (Amherst), Brooke Wilgosh (Elmira), Tanis Lamoureux (Elmira),