Women’s Hockey: Fortier breaks all-time career goals mark in Cadets’ 5-0 win over Holy Cross

Women’s Hockey: Fortier breaks all-time career goals mark in Cadets’ 5-0 win over Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior forward Julie Fortier (Saint-Malachie, Quebec) scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Norwich University women's ice hockey team to a crucial 5-0 win over Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon in a battle for early Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East supremacy.

After sophomore forward Renee Lortie (Cornwall, Ontario) gave Norwich a 1-0 lead, Fortier notched the 73rd goal of her illustrious career in the Maroon and Gold on the power play to break Sophie Leclerc's all-time career goals record and give the Cadets a 2-0 lead at the 12:35 mark of the first period.

"Julie has always been a big-game player for us so for her to break the record in a game against Holy Cross makes it extra special," Norwich head coach Mark Bolding said. "She's a dominant player that has the ability to take over a game and has established herself as one of the most dangerous forwards in the conference. To pass Sophie's goals mark, especially so early in her senior season, is a testament to how good of a player Julie is and how hard she has worked during her four years here."

Senior defenseman Amanda Wilks (Winnipeg, Manitoba) made it 3-0 Norwich 11:58 in the second period with a power play goal off assists from Marie-Philip Guay (Longueuil, Quebec) and Fortier.

Just under 2:30 later, Fortier made it 4-0 off assists from Melissa Rundlett (Saco, Maine) and Stephanie Invernizzi (Hingham, Mass.)

Freshman forward Tyne Gove (Berwick, Ontario) capped the scoring with a power play goal at the 15:33 mark of the third period to make it 5-0 Norwich off assists from Wilks and Guay.

Sophomore goalie Kelly Fisk (Hannibal, N.Y.) continued her stellar start to the 2011-12 campaign after she turned aside all 22 shots she faced to pick up her second shutout of the season and improve to 5-0-0.

Carly Dominick-Sobol took the loss for Holy Cross after stopping 33 shots to drop to 3-1-0 on the year.

Sunday's game marked the 100th career game for both Rundlett and Fortier and each had memorable performances. Rundlett tallied three assists and now sits just six shy of becoming the third player in program history to record 100 points. She currently has 45 goals and 49 assists for 94 points.

Fortier continued her assault on the Norwich record books and now sits just 24 points shy of tying Leclerc's all-time program record of 163 points.

Norwich (8-1-1, 7-0-1 ECAC East) stretched its ECAC East regular season unbeaten streak to 29 straight games with the win and strengthened their hold on the top of the conference standings with the win, while knocking Holy Cross from the ranks of the unbeaten as well.

The Cadets return home to Kreitzberg Arena this week for two important non-conference tilts to wrap up the first half of the season. NU hosts No. 8-nationally ranked Plattsburgh State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then follows up on Saturday with Bowdoin at 7 p.m.

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