Women's Hockey Cruises to Third National Title
by Stephanie Dutton ’06
Ali Vakos, Chelsea VanGlahn and Bridget Balisy combined for 11 points as the women's hockey team defeated the Norwich Cadets, 9-2, to earn the Cardinals’ third national crown in front of a crowd of 1,619 at the Stafford Ice Arena Saturday, March 27.
With the win, the Cardinals finished the season with a 28-1-1 record and claimed their first title since 2008.
The game got off to a shaky start as Norwich (27-4-0) jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 8:30 mark of the first period. Madyson Moore made a move around a Cardinal defender but when Plattsburgh’s Sydney Aveson attempted to poke the puck away, it slid through the five-hole and into the net to give the Cadets the early lead.
The Cardinals quickly responded when Balisy ripped a shot from the right dot that flew high over Norwich goaltender Taylor Fairchild, tying the game at the 9:57 mark.
From that point on, the Plattsburgh’s offense was relentless. Freshman defender Julia Duquette got her second of the season on a shot from the left point that beat Fairchild through the five-hole with 6:47 left in the opening period to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.
VanGlahn got the eventual game-winning goal at the 15:31 mark, drilling home a rebound off a shot by Tyne Gove to make it 3-1, before Balisy picked up her second of the night on a bar-down goal to hand the Cardinals a three-goal lead going into the first intermission.
Jordan Caldwell registered the lone goal of the second, scoring on a rebound off of Allison Era's shot from the point at the 8:11 mark to make it 5-1 in favor of the Cardinals.
Cadets Never Gave Up
With just 2:26 left in the third, the floodgates opened as VanGlahn picked up her second of the night from Vakos. Jenny Kistner extended the lead to 6-1 at 6:58 before Caldwell found the back of the net again at 16:59 to make it a 7-1 game.
The Cadets never gave up with Haley Gibson tipping in her sixth of the year at 18:26 but the duo of Vakos and VanGlahn put the exclamation point on the win with 25 seconds left on the clock. The pair of senior linemates took off on a 2-on-1 break with VanGlahn making the pass to set up Vakos for her 13th of the season.
VanGlahn finished the night with two goals and two assists while Vakos had a goal and three assists. Balisy tallied two goals and one assist. Caldwell had a pair of goals and Kistner added a goal and an assist.
The Cardinals outshot the Cadets, 49-39. Plattsburgh went 0-for-1 on the power play while Norwich was 0-for-5.
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