Women’s Hockey: Cadets blow past Nor’Easters 6-1

Liesel Baker - Women's Hockey

BIDDEFORD, Maine – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team skated to a 6-1 victory over the Univ. of New England on Saturday afternoon in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action. 

Freshman Kelley Madden (Novelty, Ohio) and sophomore Jessica Piracini (Tewksbury, Mass.) each tallied a goal and two assists for three points to lead the Cadets' offense on the day. 

Junior defenseman Desirae Kuhlmann (Swift Current, Sasktachewan) and sophomore forward Liesel Baker (Livonia, Mich.) each scored their first collegiate goals as well on the day. 

No. 5/4-nationally ranked Norwich (14-3-1, 10-1-0 NEHC) maintained its hold on second place in the NEHC standings with the victory. The Cadets sit two points behind Division II Saint Anselm with a game in hand. 

Baker opened the scoring at the 11:29 mark of the first period with a tip-in goal off an initial shot by Tiberi with heavy traffic in front of the net. Maki Shuchuk (Madison, Wis.) also notched an assist on Baker's first collegiate goal. 

Piracini made it 2-0 NU at the 9:57 mark of the second period with a one-timer from the low slot off a pass from behind the net by Madden. 

Kuhlmann extended the lead to 3-0 at the 15:57 mark with the first goal of her collegiate career coming on the power play off assists from Maddie Tasha (North Falmouth, Mass.) and Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.). She beat the UNE goalie with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. 

Junior Nicole Goebel (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) scored her first goal of the season off assists from Piracini and Madden. Goebel beat the UNE starting goalie Sydney Helmbrehct from the low slot. 

Junior defenseman Kim Tiberi (Raleigh, N.C.) made it 5-0 NU just 43 seconds into the third period with a wrist shot from the mid slot on the power play off an assist from Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.). 

Madden completed her three-point night at the 2:10 mark of the third period with a re-direction in front of the net for her second goal of the season. Piracini and Carly Menges (Novelty, Ohio) picked up the assists on the goal. 

UNE scored at the 14:12 mark of the third period to break up the Cadets' team shutout with Abby Kinens beating NU senior goalie Celeste Robert (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) off assists from Melissa Boudreau and Annie Mullen. 

Junior Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) made 20 saves in 40 minutes to improve to 12-0-1 on the season. 

Norwich outshot UNE 45-26 and went 2-for-5 on the power play. 

The Cadets continue their five-game road trip on Tuesday when they travel to Middlebury for a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup at Kenyon Arena.