PINE VALLEY, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) scored with 30 seconds left to help the Norwich University women's ice hockey team salvage a 2-2 draw with No. 2-ranked Elmira College on Saturday afternoon at the Murray Athletic Center.
Norwich (6-1-1, 6-0-0 NEHC) broke a five-game losing streak at Elmira (6-0-1, 6-0-0 ECAC West) with the tie and handed the Soaring Eagles' their first blemish of the 2016-17 season after they opened the season with six straight victories.
Rossini played the hero for the Cadets, burying her second goal of the season and the biggest of her brief NU career after she was left all alone in front of the net with an extra skater on the ice with the goalie pulled. Kim Tiberi (Raleigh, N.C.) notched her team-leading and national defenseman-leading 11 assist of the year along with Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.).
Elmira took a 1-0 lead in the first period with Rachel Grampp scoring her first goal of the season off assists from Kiana Melvin and Meghan Fonfara at the 10:59 mark of the opening frame.
The Soaring Eagles dominated the shots in the first period, outshooting the Cadets 14-3 in the opening 20 minutes. Neither side scored in the second period and Elmira continued to hold a 1-0 lead into the second intermission.
Elmira took a 2-0 lead at the 11:50 mark with Joanna Eidensten scoring her second goal of the year from Shannon Strawinski and Meg Lahey.
However, Norwich dug deep and began its comeback with senior captain Adelle Murphy (Roseau, Minn.) scoring her third goal of the season at the 13:27 mark of assists from Linnea Odbratt (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Bryn Labbe (Calgary, Alberta).
Odbratt set up the scoring play with a nice wrap-around pass from behind the EC cage to Labbe, who one-timed a shot in the high slot on target. Elmira's Kyle Nelson made one of her 23 saves on the attempt by Labbe, but Murphy was there to clean up the loose puck and cut the Soaring Eagle lead to 2-1.
Elmira thought it had clinched the victory 25 seconds before Rossini's goal when Louisa Lippiatt Durnell scored on an empty-net. However, the goal was waved off for icing after the officials ruled the NU defender beat Durnell to the faceoff dot to make it icing.
Junior Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) made a career-high 35 saves to pull her record to 4-0-1 on the year.
Norwich closes out the fall semester portion of its schedule with two non-conference games vs. NESCAC opponents. The Cadets host Amherst College on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Kreitzberg Arena. They then travel to Bowdoin College on Saturday, Dec. 10 for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Polar Bears.