Just because SUNY Plattsburgh is a Division III school, doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. The talent this team has is beyond me. Some of the women on the team came from BIG named hockey schools, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if some of them went on to play professionally. The roster has some impressive names, along with the coaching staff! This season brought no change to the coaching, with Kevin Houle as head coach, and Nicole Goguen as the lone assistant. Houle has been coaching PSU for 9 seasons, now into his 10th season, with two NCAA titles under his belt, along with three AHCA Coach of Year honours. In his nine completed seasons with the Cards, he owns an .828 winning percentage on a 206-38-17 career record. That feat is impressive in itself. In February of last year, he reached his 200th win as a head coach when the ladies defeated SUNY Cortland. As for Goguen, this will be her 5th season as Assistant Coach. A Nova Scotia native, she played for the Division I University of New Hampshire. The defenseman also played for Canada’s U-22 National team. As a Cardinal, she has helped the team to a 85-19-10 overall record, including 62-5-5 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference West Division, three NCAA Division III tournament appearances, including one Frozen Four and coached eight All-Americans.
On the roster, you can close your eyes and point to a random name, and you’ll get talent. In the 8 games played this season, the Cards have scored 42 goals, while their opponents have scored 10. The Cards are 7-0-1 in this young season. Goaltending and defense is the key to that. Teal Gove, a junior forward, has played all 8 games this season, and has 9 goals, 4 assists, with 3 of those goals coming on the Power Play. Jenny Kistner, also a Junior forward has played only 7 games so far, but has 6 goals and 8 assists. Junior defenseman, Allison Era, leads the defensemen on the team in scoring with 5 goals, 3 assists in the 8 games. Sydney Aveson, a Senior, leads the goaltending charge playing in 6 games. She stopped 116 out of 126 shots so far, good for a .921 save percentage. Ally Ross, a Sophomore, has also been solid in goal stopping all 13 shots that came her way during the 2 games, both of which were conference games. Captains, Teal Gove and Jordan Caldwell, both have excellent leadership qualities. They are sure to lead the team to great heights this season. Maybe (hopefully) even another NCAA title.