The nationally ranked No. 2 Plattsburgh State women's hockey team made a statement in the 2013-14 season opener, cruising to a 6-0 win at No. 5 Norwich in the first day of action at East/West Hockey Classic Saturday evening at Kreitzberg Arena.
Sophomore forward Bridget Balisy scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Cardinals to the victory. Junior forward Emma Rutherford also tallied a goal and an assist, while senior forward Jordan Caldwell had two assists in her return to the ice after missing most of last season due to injury.
The two sides appeared evenly matched through the first 10 minutes, but Plattsburgh State (1-0-0) scored two goals less than a minute apart to quickly take a 2-0 lead. Junior Morgan MacInnis scored on a scrum in front of the net at the 14:10 mark before Balisy knocked in a rebound on a deflected shot from the point just 55 seconds later. Caldwell and Allison Era picked up assists on Balisy's goal.
The Cardinals made it a three-goal game at the 6:39 mark of the second period with an unassisted goal by Rutherford.
Norwich (0-1-0) had its best two opportunities of the night midway through the second by Plattsburgh State goaltender Sydney Aveson came up with two big saves to keep the Cadets off the board.
The floodgates opened later in the second period as Plattsburgh State tacked on three more goals en route to the 6-0 final. Senior Ali Vakos buried a centering pass from Giovanna Sense to make it 4-0. Senior Jenny Kistner took a feed from Balisy and came in all alone to score off the backhand at the 16:06 mark. Balisy rounded out the scoring at 19:23 with her second of the evening from Caldwell.
Aveson made 18 saves to earn her first shutout of the season for the Cardinals. Norwich goalie Loren Carrier recorded 18 saves in the loss.
Plattsburgh State finished with a 25-18 advantage in shots. The Cardinals went 0-for-3 on the power play while the Cadets went 0-for-6.
In the first game of the East/West Hockey Classic, No. 1 Elmira and No. 9 Manhattanville played to a 2-2 tie. Norwich will face Elmira at 4 p.m. tomorrow after Plattsburgh State wraps up the weekend against Manhattanville at 1 p.m.
Courtesy: Plattsburgh Athletics
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