The action over the weekend was light in the women’s Division III circles, but that doesn’t mean the games that were played were light on drama.
All games were nonconference, with the highlight being Plattsburgh hosting and winning the Cardinal/Panther Classic on Sunday. The tournament featured four of the top five teams in the USCHO.com Division III Women’s Poll to boot.
Top-ranked Plattsburgh downed No. 2 Elmira 4-2 in the final after tying No. 4 Gustavus Adolphus 4-4 in the semifinals.
Camille Leonard made 29 saves to get the win against Elmira in a game that saw Plattsburgh use four different goal scorers. Johanna Eidensten notched both goals for Elmira.
Five of the six games over the weekend that went to overtime ended in a tie:- Holy Cross and Bowdoin 0-0 Saturday, Canton and University of New England 4-4 Saturday, the aforementioned Plattsburgh-Gustavus contest, Salve Regina and Connecticut College 1-1 Sunday, and Buffalo State and Franklin Pierce 1-1 Sunday.
The one OT game that saw a winner emerge was when fifth-ranked Middlebury defeated Gustavus 3-2 in the consolation game of the Cardinal/Panther Classic. Maddie Winslow was the hero 1:09 into the extra session after Lydia Wagner’s extra-attacker goal at 19:21 of the third period tied it for Gustavus.
In the Holy Cross-Bowdoin stalemate, Lan Crofton made 34 saves for Bowdoin, while Alexandra Stevenson kicked out 19 at the other end for the Crusaders.
Other top performances saw Katie Abbott score two goals to pace Stevenson past Nichols 7-2 Friday night, Jessica Thulin make 31 saves and Jackie Tavella score the only goal in Colby’s 1-0 win at Massachusetts-Boston on Saturday, and Tori Salmon going for three goals and three assists in Amherst’s 9-1 shellacking of Cortland on Sunday.