Women’s Hockey: Schwenzfeier’s hat trick leads Cadets past Manhattanville

Women’s Hockey: Schwenzfeier’s hat trick leads Cadets past Manhattanville

RYE, N.Y. – Junior forward Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.) continued her hot start to the 2016-17 season by scoring a hat trick and adding one assist for a four-point night to lead the Norwich University women's ice hockey team to a 7-4 victory over Manhattanville College on Saturday. 

Sophomore Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) added three assists while freshmen Linnea Odbratt (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Alyssa Hulst (Berwick, Maine) scored a goal and dished out two assists each to lead the Cadets' offense. 

Special teams proved to be the theme of the day with each team scoring three power play goals. Norwich connected on three of five chances, while the Valiants were 3-for-10 on the player advantage. 

Manhattanville struck first just under two minutes into the game with Karly Kapur finding the back of the net off an assist from Morgan Wilm. 

Schwenzfeier tallied her first of the day just past the nine-minute mark with a power play goal off assists from Carly Menges (Novelty, Ohio) and Odbratt. 

Odbratt continued her red-hot start to her rookie campaign with her third goal of the season at the just over four minutes later on another power play with assists from Schwenzfeier and Amanda Conway (Metheun, Mass.) to give Norwich a 2-1 lead. 

Manhattanville answered back with Nicole Mensi scoring her first of the game on a power play.

The Cadets took control of the game in the second period, scoring three straight in a span of 3:30 near the midway point of the period to take a 5-2 lead. Conway, Hulst and fellow rookie Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) each scored a goal to give Norwich a healthy lead. 

Manhattanville's Mensi cut it briefly to a two-goal game again with her second of the game at the 17:28 mark. However, Schwenzfeier stopped any chance of the Valiants gaining momentum with an answer just 28 seconds later for her second goal of the game to make it 6-3 heading into the locker room for the second intermission. 

Schwenzfeier capped the hat trick at the 9:47 mark of the third period with assists from Rossini and Hulst. Manhattanville tacked on one last goal at the 13:05 mark from Sarah Sinning to finish the scoring in the game. 

Junior Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) made 14 saves to pick up the victory. Olivia Drew made 24 saves in the loss for Manhattanville. 

Norwich improved to 2-0-0 on the season and 2-0-0 in NEHC play after defeating Salve Regina 5-0 in the season opener on Friday. The Cadets are now 99-3-2 in their last 104 NEHC games. 

The win also moved head coach Mark Bolding to 197 career victories. 

NU returns home to Kreitzberg Arena for its 2016-17 home opener on Friday, Nov. 11 when it hosts Saint Anselm at 7 p.m. in the #KramKreitzberg pack the rink night.