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POTSDAM, N.Y. – Senior forward Courtney Moriarty (Estero, Fla./Northfield Mount Hermon), sophomore forward Annie Katonka (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) and freshman forward Taylor Whitney (Livonia, Mich./Little Caesars) all scored twice, as the No. 2/3 Plattsburgh State women's ice hockey team stretched its winning streak to eight with a 7-0 victory over SUNY Potsdam in Northeast Women's Hockey League (NEWHL) action Friday night at the Maxcy Ice Arena.
Plattsburgh State is ranked at No. 2 in the D3hockey.com Women's Top-10 Poll and No. 3 in the USCHO.com Women's Division III Top-10 Poll.
With her two goals, Moriarty upped her career point total to 135, taking sole possession of ninth on the program's all-time scoring list. Whitney and Katonka both finished with three points on the evening, adding an assist to their ledgers.
The Cardinals held a 46-13 edge in shots on goal and went 1-for-2 on the power play. The Bears, meanwhile, were scoreless on three chances with the extra skater.
Plattsburgh State rises to 19-2-0 overall (13-0-0 NEWHL) with the win, while Potsdam falls to 8-10-3 overall (5-5-2 NEWHL) with the loss. The two teams will wrap up the weekend series tomorrow at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena, with puck drop slated for 3 p.m. Prior to the start of the game, the Cardinals will honor their five seniors as a part of Senior Day festivities.
The Cardinals opened scoring at 9:54 of the first period, as Whitney scored unassisted. She chipped the puck out of a scrum in the left corner and scored blocker side on a tight angle alongside the left post. Freshman forward Nicole Unsworth (Milwaukee, Wis./East Coast Wizards) made it a 2-0 game at 17:11 of the first, as she took control of the puck in the neutral zone, split two defenders and deposited a wrist shot glove side into the back of the net. Senior forward Ashley Songin (Springville, N.Y./Nichols School) earned an assist on the play.
Just 1:24 into the second period, Katonka reached the scoresheet. Sophomore defenseman Emma Killeen (Watertown, Conn./The Gunnery) took a shot from the left point that was blocked, and sophomore forward Kaitlin Drew-Mead (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Buffalo Bisons) collected the rebound in the right corner. She passed to Katonka along the back wall, and Katonka wrapped a shot around the left post that was denied with a pad save. With the puck loose on the doorstep, Whitney got a piece of it before Katonka hammered it in.
Moriarty scored back-to-back goals just 1:19 apart midway through the second period. On a 3-on-1 rush, senior forward Mackenzie Millen (Anchorage, Alaska/North American Hockey Academy) carried the puck into the zone and drew the attention of the goalie and a defender before backhanding a centering pass to Moriarty that Moriarty one-timed past the goal line. She struck again in transition shortly thereafter. Moriarty took a shot from the high slot that was saved before Katonka backhanded a shot attempt of her own that was also turned aside. The Estero, Fla., native then banged in the rebound along the right post to make it a 5-0 score.
Whitney scored her second goal of the game with 2:41 elapsed in the third. Sophomore defenseman Erin McArdle (Macomb, Mich./Belle Tire) sent a stretch pass to Drew-Mead down the right wing, and Drew-Mead centered a pass to Whitney. Whitney ended up scoring five-hole from the high slot to bury her eighth marker of the season.
With 7:30 gone in the third period, Katonka scored on the power play to net what wound up being the final goal of the contest. Junior defenseman Hannah Kiraly (Glendale, Ariz./Northern Cyclones) passed D-to-D to McArdle, and McArdle took a shot from the left point that was redirected into the goal by Katonka in the slot.
Senior goaltender Kassi Abbott (Medford, Mass./Boston Shamrocks Elite) made 13 saves to earn her NCAA Division III-leading 11th shutout of the season. Junior goaltenders Alexa Pfeiffer and Kayla McCabe combined to make 39 saves in the loss for Potsdam.