Jeffs Can't Hang With No. 1 Plattsburgh

Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Top-ranked Plattsburgh (6-0-1) broke open a 3-3 game with five third period goals on its way to a 8-3 win over the eighth-ranked Amherst College women’s ice hockey team at the Panther/Cardinal Classic hosted by Middlebury. Both teams return to action at Kenyon Arena on Sunday with Amherst battling Elmira at 1:00 p.m. and Plattsburgh meeting Middlebury at 4:00 p.m.

Eileen Harris ’16, Geneva Lloyd ’13 and Emily Flom ’15 each scored first-period goals for the Lord Jeffs, but Plattsburgh matched the scores and the Cardinal defense locked down after the early fireworks as Amherst fell to 1-2 on the young season.

The first half of the first period was a wild one, with the teams combining for six highlight-reel goals in a 3:18 span. The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead when Breanna Bennett fished the puck out the corner and found Kenzie Manzak infront for the goal. The Cardinals made it a 2-0 game just 31 seconds later when Jenny Kistner made a drive to the net and scored with a great backhander to put her team up 2-0.

Amherst got on the board at the 6:21 mark following a timeout when Harris tipped in a shot from the right point from Hayley Opperman ’14. Tori Salmon ’15 won the ensuing face-off back to Lloyd, who skated just inside the blue line before scoring with a blast from the left point to tie the game at 2-2.

Plattsburgh regained the lead just 42 seconds later with a great give-and-go between Allison Era and Kistner, with Era finishing at 7:10. Amherst scored on a very similar goal 51 seconds later, with Salmon finding Flom from her knees in the slot to knot the game at 3-3.

The Cardinals had a great chance to regain the lead at the 14:32 mark, but Morgan MacInnis was denied by a great save from Kerri Stuart ’14. The period ended with Plattsburgh holding a 10-3 shots advantage, with all three Amherst shots finding the back of the net.

After a scoreless second period, Emma Rutherford put Plattsburgh back on top 9:05 into the third period. Era made a nice crossing pass from the right wing to Rutherford, who redirected to pass into the back of the net. Just 43 seconds later on a delayed penalty, the Cardinals made it a 5-3 game when Bennett found Kistner with a nice centering pass.

Plattsburgh kept coming, taking a 6-3 lead on the 100th career point for Teal Gove as she scored with a feed from Era. Teal added her second of the game at 15:13 before Chelsea VanGlahn added a power play goal in the final minute, tipping in a pass from Andrea Ziesmann.

Sydney Aveson made 10 saves in goal for Plattsburgh, while Stuart finished with 23 stops for Amherst.  The Cardinals outshot the Jeffs 31-13 on the afternoon.