NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team stayed perfect in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) play with a 4-2 victory over Plymouth State University on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
No. 3-nationally ranked Norwich (11-2-1, 7-0-0 NEHC) improved to 19-0-0 all-time vs. Plymouth State playing in its first league game in nearly two months.
Plymouth State (5-8-1, 2-5-0 NEHC) took a brief 1-0 lead just 1:28 into the first period as Alexis Fagan capitalized on a power play opportunity with her team-leading sixth goal of the year off an assist from Courtney Evans. Fagan worked a give and go from the side boards and the point with Evans and then she rifled a wrist shot into the top left corner of the net from the left faceoff circle to beat NU's Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) up over the shoulder short side.
Norwich responded 1:40 later with Sophie McGovern scoring on a rush up the ice with a quick wrister from the slot that beat Plymouth State goalie Mariah Trupp to knot the game up at 1-1. Robyn Foley (Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador) and Adelle Murphy (Roseau, Minn.) notched assists on the goal. The goal was McGovern's sixth of the year and her third in the last five games.
The Cadets took their first lead of the game at the 2:27 mark of the second period with Conway collecting an outlet pass from Michelle Masperi (Montorfano, Italy) in the neutral zone and then doing the rest herself skating in from the right and burying a wrist shot to the left side of the net.
Rossini tallied her first of the game at the 5:43 mark of the second period to push the lead to 3-1. She beat Trupp low after Schwenzfeier dug the puck off the boards and found Rossini cutting to the net. The goal was Rossini's sixth of the year.
Plymouth State answered at the 17:16 mark with another power play goal as Amanda McPherson banked a shot off a NU defender and into the back of the net off assists from Kelsey Roy and Sydney Linnick. McPherson threw a shot on net from the point after Roy moved the puck up the wall and the puck redirected off a NU player and into the back of the net leaving King no chance.
Norwich added an insurance tally at the 6:28 mark of the third period with Rossini scoring on a blind spin-o-rama backhander along the ice to beat Trupp low to the right side of the net. Rossini took a pass from Conway and then fended off a Plymouth defender before flinging the puck on her backhand toward the far post.
Rossini tied Schwenzfeier for the team-goal lead at seven with the tally and also tied her for the team lead in points with 16 with her two-point night.
King made six saves to improve to 9-0-1 on the year. Trupp made 26 saves for Plymouth State to fall to 3-2.
Norwich returns to action next weekend when it hosts Franklin Pierce and UMass Boston at 4 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively on Friday and Saturday.