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Cardinals down Panthers in battle of unbeatens

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -

Giovanna Senese scored both Cardinal goals as the top-ranked Plattsburgh State women's hockey team remained unbeaten with a 2-0 victory over No. 2 Middlebury at the ninth annual Panther/Cardinal Classic.

The Cardinals move to 9-0-1 on the year, surrendering just one goal this season in the first semester. The loss marked the first of the season for the Panthers, who drop to 5-1-0 overall.

Plattsburgh State had an edge in the first period, holding an 11-5 advantage in shots, but the top two teams in Div. III were locked in a scoreless tie through the first 20 minutes. The Panthers nearly took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period on the power play but Hannah Bielawski's shot was saved by Plattsburgh State's 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 Senese poked it in for her third of the year to give Plattsburgh State 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 Senese's second of the afternoon. 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 recorded 21 saves on the day to earn her seventh shutout of the season. Aveson finished the weekend with 40 combined save to take home tournament most valuable player honors.

Aveson was joined by Senese and Era on the Panther/Cardinal Classic All-Tournament Team. Katie Sullivan and Carly Watson of Middlebury also received All-Tournament nods while Hayley Opperman represented Amherst. Elmira's Brooke Wilgosh and Tanis Lamoureux were also recognized.

After a successful first semester, Plattsburgh State now begins a month-long hiatus for winter break. The Cardinals return to action on Sunday, Jan. 5 against the Norwich Cadets at the Stafford Ice Arena. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

Courtesy: Plattsburgh Athletics

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