PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Endicott women's ice hockey team fell to Plattsburgh State in overtime, 3-2, on Wednesday evening in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. Tonight's contest marked the Gulls' first-ever NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament postseason appearance in program history.
Endicott struck first at the 4:37 mark of the opening period when Jillian Gibbs (Burlington, Vt.) sent a hard shot from the left faceoff circle high glove side into the far top corner of the net to give the Gulls an early 1-0 lead.
Courtney Sullivan (North Yarmouth, Maine) then netted her 11th goal of the season just over 12 minutes later to give Endicott the 2-0 advantage. Lauren Ferraiuolo (North Haven, Conn.) took a shot from the blue line and Sullivan deflected the puck up and over the Plattsburgh netminder for the tally.
The Cardinals cut the deficit to one goal on a tally from Courtney Moriarty (Estero, Fla.) at 4:22 of the second. With time winding down in the third period, Annie Katonka (Pittsburgh, Pa.) found the equalizer to tie the game 2-2.
Both teams continued to pressure offensively but neither team found the go-ahead goal so the contest went into overtime. Ultimately, Moriarty scored the game-winner 45 seconds into the extra frame to send the Cardinals to the next round of the tournament.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Vendela Jonsson (Linkoping, Sweden) tied her career high in saves with 48 stops throughout the game.
- Kassi Abbott (Medford, Mass.) improved to 26-2-0 in goal behind eight saves.
- Ashlie Jones (Billerica, Mass.), Alexa Pretkelis (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Ferraiuolo, and Gibbs were each credited with an assist.
- Plattsburgh State now leads the all-time series, 1-0-0.
- This was only the fourth contest that the Cardinals have trailed in during the season (2-2 record in those contests).
- The Cardinals have won four out of the last five NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship titles.
Endicott (19-5-4) finishes a historic season which saw the Gulls capture their first Colonial Hockey Conference Championship title and make their first NCAA Tournament appearance. Plattsburgh State (26-2-0) will face either Elmira or Norwich in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship on Saturday, March 9, at the highest remaining seed.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)