Women’s Hockey: Bolding notches 200th win in 8-0 victory over Saint Michael’s

Women’s Hockey: Bolding notches 200th win in 8-0 victory over Saint Michael’s

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team downed Saint Michael's College 8-0 on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena to clinch head coach Mark Bolding's 200th career victory. 

Bolding became just the seventh coach in NCAA Division III women's hockey history to reach the 200-win milestone in just his 10th season at the helm of the NU women's hockey program. 

Sophomores Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) and Jessica Piracini (Tewksbury, Mass.) each tallied a goal and an assist, while Liesel Baker (Saline, Mich.) added two assists to lead the Cadets' offense on the day. 

Norwich (5-1-0, 5-0-0 NEHC) built up a 3-0 lead after the first period and never looked back as the Cadets improved to 16-1-0 all-time against the Purple Knights with a new season high for goals in a game. 

The Cadets had eight different goal scorers on the day and 12 different players get on the scoresheet. 

Rossini scored just 1:33 into the game with an unassisted tally after she picked the pocket of a Saint Michael's defender and skated in, before beating Abby Burke up high with a backhand shot. 

Piracini made it 2-0 at the 6:21 mark with a goal on a rebound off an initial shot from the blue line by Kim Tiberi (Raleigh, N.C.). Linnea Odbratt (Gothenburg, Sweden) capped the first-period scoring with her fourth goal of the season on another rebound goal coming off an initial shot by Desirae Kuhlmann (Swift Current, Saskatchewan). 

Sophomore Muranda Toews (Grand Prairie, Alberta) poked a rebound off a wide shot by Baker that ricocheted off the dashers and bounced to the right side of the net where Toews was waiting to knock it home for her first goal of the season at the 3:03 mark of the second period. 

Sophomore Bryn Labbe (Calgary, Alberta) scored an unassisted goal at the 16:13 mark to stretch the lead to 5-0. 

Norwich added three more goals in the third period with Carly Menges (Novelty, Ohio), Alyssa Hulst (Scarborough, Maine) and Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) all scoring goals. 

Menges scored on a blast through traffic from the top of the circles off assists from Piracini and Goebel. Hulst scored her second goal of the year off an assist from Rossini with a quick wrist shot while skating in from the right wing. McGovern capped the scoring at the 8:54 mark of the third period when she jammed in a rebound after an initial save was made on Baker. 

Norwich outshot Saint Michael's 54-16. Junior goalie Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) made all 16 stops to earn her ninth career shutout and second of the season while improving to 3-0-0. 

Bolding is now 200-55-16 in his career for a .768 winning percentage. He has coached every game in Norwich women's hockey varsity history and won three American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) National Coach of the Year awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012. 

No. 6/7 nationally-ranked Norwich will look to close out the Pre-Thanksgiving break schedule with a win on the road tomorrow at Nichols College. Puck drop is set for 2:10 p.m. in Rhode Island.