By Liam Sample
The Plattsburgh State Women’s Hockey Team swept The Morrisville State Mustangs at home in a two North East Women’s Hockey League game set over the weekend.
On Friday Nov 19.,, They started the weekend with a convincing 8-0 win, only to outdo themselves with a 9-0 win on Saturday Nov.20.
The Cardinals took little time to get ahead in the first contest, with Junior Forward Ivy Boric netting a wrist shot just 3:04 in.
Graduate Student Forward Annie Katonkaand Senior Forward Nicole Unsworth would add their own goals before the end of the first period, leaving the home team with a 3-0 lead. Unsworth’s came with a little over thirty seconds before the buzzer.
The second period saw Plattsburgh maintain the momentum from the late goal. Just thirty nine seconds in, Boric scored another off a deflection.
This was followed by Sophomore Forward River Morris rifling a wrist shot in for her first collegiate goal at 11:39 and Senior Forward Sara Krauseneck scoring her own at 16:51.
Heading into the third with a 6-0 lead, Plattsburgh continued to lay on the offensive power. On the power play at 8:05, Boric secured her first collegiate career hat trick with a backdoor tap-in off a Krauseneck pass; again on the power play at 10:33, first year Forward Lily Stumm put in the final goal of the game, making the score 8-0.
The Cardinals outshot The Mustangs 55-10 total in the game with Senior Goaltender Ashley Davis making ten saves for her fourth win of the season.
Boric led the team with five points in the game, behind her was Krauseneck who totaled four.
Plattsburgh took even less time to get on the board in the second match, with Katonka tallying a goal off a backhand shot just forty-nine seconds in.
Graduate student forward Kaitlin Drew-Mead scored an unassisted goal after taking the puck down the ice and into the back of net at 7:58.
After holding a 2-0 lead for the rest of the first period, The Cardinals offense exploded in the second. In a 4:04 stretch, four different Cardinals scored.
First year defensemen Mattie Norton started the effort at 12:38, then junior forward Tatem Cheney followed with her own just twenty-five seconds later.
Unsworth scored her second of the weekend at 16:36; after the goal came the faceoff, where sophomore Mae Olshansky took the puck all the way to the right circle and ripped a wrist shot over the goaltender’s blocker for her first collegiate goal just six seconds after the prior goal.
This offensive burst brought the lead up to six for Plattsburgh. Krauseneck started the scoring effort in the third period, with a wrist shot goal at 4:38. Katonka and Olshansky tallied their seconds of the game before the final buzzer, with the final score being 9-0.
Junior goalkeeper Lily Nease started her second of the season this game and stopped all twenty shots she faced. She has shutouts in both of her appearances. Plattsburgh recorded forty- six shots in this contest, compared to twenty by Morrisville.
Olshansky’s two goals were her first and second of her career, and Norton led the team in points with three.
With these wins, The Cardinals improve to 6-0-0 on the season and pick up two key conference wins. They stand with a 5-0-0 NEWHL record and have four straight shutout victories. Additionally, Plattsburgh extends its infamous home winning streak to a phenomenal forty four games.