Women’s Hockey: Norwich tips No. 2 Elmira, 1-0

Sophie McGovern - Women's Hockey

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team snapped a five-game winless skid vs. No. 2-nationally ranked Elmira College with a 1-0 victory on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena in the opening game of the seventh annual East-West Hockey Classic. 

Freshman Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) scored the game's lone goal at the 9:59 mark of the second period off assists from Adelle Murphy (Roseau, Minn.) and Bryn Labbe (Calgary, Alberta). 

Junior goalie Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) continued her stellar streak of play, stopping all 19 shots she faced to record her fifth shutout of the season and improve to 7-0-1 on the season. 

Playing in its first game since Dec. 10, the Cadets (9-1-1, 6-0-0 NEHC) beat Elmira (7-1-2, 6-0-0 ECAC West) for the first time since the 2014 NCAA Division III Quarterfinals when NU downed the Soaring Eagles 2-1 in overtime at Kreitzberg Arena. 

McGovern played the hero with a quick snap shot over the blocker of Elmira senior goalie Kelcey Crawford from the left faceoff circle for her fifth goal of the season and the biggest of her young NU career career. 

Murphy started the play by finding Labbe with a pass along the half boards, Labbe hit McGovern streaking in from the blue line and the rookie took care of the rest with a shot into the top left corner of the net. 

Elmira had two golden opportunities to get on the scoreboard with one coming on a breakaway in the waning seconds of the first period, but Katie Granato's bid sailed wide just before the buzzer sounded. 

The Soaring Eagles though they had tied the game up late in the third period, but a quick whistle was blown, negating a rebound attempt that went into the net off a scrum in front of the net after an initial shot from the point by Meg Lahey. 

Kelcey Crawford made 20 of 21 saves for Elmira to drop to 2-1-0 on the year. 

Norwich extended its unbeaten streak to six straight games with the win as the Cadets are 5-0-1 in that span. The lone tie came at Elmira with a 2-2 draw at the Murray Athletic Center on Dec. 3. 

The Cadets advance to the East-West Hockey Classic Championship game where they will meet the winner of No. 5 Adrian College and No. 1 Plattsburgh State at 4 p.m. at Kreitzberg Arena. Elmira will face the loser of the game at 1 p.m. in the consolation game.