Women’s Hockey: Norwich shuts out Trinity, 3-0

Erin Joyce - Women's Hockey

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team got back on a winning track on Tuesday night with a 3-0 shutout victory over Trinity College in non-conference action at Kreitzberg Arena. 

Norwich (10-2-1, 6-0-0 NEHC) got goals from Adrieanna Rossini (Malden, Mass.), Erin Joyce (Manchester, N.H.) and Carly Menges (Novelty, Ohio) to pick up its first-ever victory over Trinity. 

After a scoreless first period, Norwich scored twice in the second period with Rossini and Menges scoring to take a 2-0 lead after two periods. Rossini opened the scoring at the 2:27 mark roofing a shot into the top of the net after a bouncing puck off a pass from behind the net by Schwenzfeier trickled out into the slot. Rossini was there crashing the net and scored her fifth goal of the season. 

Menges added to the lead at the 8:33 mark of the second period with Menges throwing a puck through traffic from the blue line that found its way past Trinity goalie Sydney Belinskas down low to make it 2-0. Desirae Kuhlmann (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) and Nicole Goebel (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) each picked up assists on the goal after Goebel won the faceoff back to Kuhlmann. She went defense to defense with the pass over Menges, who took care of the rest from there for her second of the season. 

Norwich capped the scoring at the 17:06 mark of the third period with Joyce roofing a wrist shot from in close just under the cross bar in the top left corner to make it 3-0 Cadets. Goebel picked up her second assist of the night after sliding the puck out to Joyce. 

Junior Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) took over the national shut out lead with her sixth of the season after making 13 saves in the win. She now has 13 in her career and is 8-0-1 on the year. 

Sydney Belinskas made 23 saves for Trinity to fall to 0-2-0 on the year. 

Tuesday's game marked former NU women's assistant coach Keith Maurice's '02 first trip back to Kreitzberg since he left for Ohio State in the 2012-13 season. This is his second year as the head coach at Trinity. 

No. 3-nationally ranked Norwich will host Plymouth State on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at Kreitzberg Arena in its first NEHC league contest of 2017.