Friday, December 4, 2020

Cardinals total 21 wins as they close in on regular season

Continuing their unbeaten run, the Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team notched their 21st win of the season and has extended their unbeaten streak to 16-0 after a two-game sweep over Cortland.

The Cardinals won with an aggregate of 8-2, with a scoreline of 3-2 and 5-0 respectively.

The first game saw junior forward Annie Katonka scoring for PSU with an assist from freshman forward Ivy Boric and junior defenseman Erin McArdle.

The forwards linked up to give Katonka her 15th goal of the season and Boric became the team leader in assists with her 20th, which would become 22 by the end of the series against Cortland.

The second period saw the Cards double up their lead with a goal from sophomore forward Sara Krausenek, her 16th of this campaign. Junior forward Abby Brush made it three after scoring her 10th of the season, assisted by Krauseneck and senior defenseman Hannah Kiraly.

Cortland got on the scoresheet with a goal by Grace Schnorr with the last goal coming in officially at 19:59 of the third period.

PSU extended their winning streak to 13 games with a 5-0 shutout victory last Saturday. The Cards dominated the game with one goal in the first period and two goals each in the second and third period.

Katonka scored her 16th as PSU went into the lead and was assisted by Kiraly and Boric.

Team captain and junior forward Madison Walker scored her ninth of the season, as the Cards went up 2-0 in the second period.

Junior forward Kaitlin Drew-Mead made the score 3-0 with her ninth goal of the season, assisted by senior forward Sarah Wolf.

The third period saw PSU consolidate its performances with goals scored by Krausenek, assisted by Brush and McArdle, and forward Nicole Unsworth.

Sophomore goaltender Ashley Davis made 14 saves, remained undefeated and got her fourth win of the season. She believes being part of an unbeaten team certainly helps boost her morale and performance.

Despite the sweep, head coach Kevin Houle said, “The games were hard earned wins, and Cortland made us work hard. The score kept them in the game, but I am happy with today’s effort. Yesterday wasn’t our best. Today saw all of us work hard across the board.”

With playoffs around the corner, Walker reiterated the need to focus on the last two games of the regular season.

“It really is no different. I mean there is a lot on the line during playoffs, but we still need to do the ordinary things we do. We need to come in and try our hardest, and I expect hard work out of everyone, especially me ‘til then,” Walker said.

The Cards next face Elmira College at 7 p.m. today.

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