Women's Hockey Cruises to Third National Title

by Stephanie Dutton ’06
March 2014

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.

Both teams line up for the anthem on the ice before the game startsThe 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.

Relentless Offense

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 team poses with the trophyThe 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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