Plattsburgh holds off St. Thomas to advance to Frozen Four

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- Plattsburgh State is bound for yet another Frozen Frozen as the Cardinals held off a game St. Thomas side and scored a 4-2 NCAA quarterfinal win at Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The win advances Plattsburgh (26-1-1) to the Frozen Four for the sixth consecutive and 11th overall time. In the semifinals, the Cardinals will face Norwich, which was a 5-4 (ot) quarterfinal winner over Middlebury. 

It didn't take long for Plattsburgh to claim a lead as while Kayla Meneghin was stopped on a challenged breakaway, the deflected puck landed right on the stick of a trailing Melissa Sheeran who unleashed a nifty move to beat St. Thomas goaltender Mackenzie Torpy clean and it was 1-0 Cardinals at the 6:35 mark of the first. It was Sheeran's 30th goal of the season.

Later in the period at the 14:39 mark Sheeran notched her 31st of the year when she put home the rebound of a Julia Duquette shot from the left point to make it 2-0 Cardinals.

At that point it looked like Plattsburgh was off and running as usual, but St. Thomas had different ideas. A hooking call on Plattsburgh's Courtney Moriarty early in the second period put the Tommies on the power play and 45 seconds later Allison Borgstrom scored to put them on the board. Three minutes later a checking penalty on Sheeran again gave St. Thomas the extra skater, and it again took advatage as Leah Schwartzman scored just 16 second into the power play to deadlock the game at 2-2.

After the goal St. Thomas continued to apply pressure on Plattsburgh netminder Camille Leonard, but it was the Cardinals who scored next when Mackenzie Millen scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 8:31 mark of the period.

From there Leonard and the Plattsburgh defense was able to keep St. Thomas off the board, perhaps critically during an early third period St. Thomas power play, and Jordan Lipson added an insurance tally at 13:56 mark of the third period to secure the Cardinals yet another trip to the Frozen Four.

Decided underdogs entering the contest, St. Thomas proved an admirable foe and was able to get 31 shots on Leonard, but it wasn't enough for the surprise MIAC champions. Torpy finished with 34 saves for the Tommies, who finish the year at 14-11-4.

Leonard finished with 29 saves for Plattsburgh, who were paced by Sheeran's two goals while Millen added an assist to go with her go-ahead second period tally.

 

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